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Prescription Drug Addiction

Prescription drug addiction is a widespread problem. I work at a drug rehab facility and it is, by and large, probably the most frequently abused drug. It’s legal and easily accessible. I understand the dilemma that doctors are faced with because, one never knows who’s an abuser or who may become dependent on any given prescription drug.

I have callers from all over the United States, of all ages and from various backgrounds that are dependent on prescription drugs. Some times, it is medically necessary to prescribe narcotic drugs to relieve pain; however, it’s almost impossible to determine who might be an abuser or who may become dependent.

The first thing that needs to be addressed is repeat customers, so to speak.  Do certain patients always need refills, or perhaps they are repeatedly acquiring pain related injuries. These might be abusers.  They go running to the doctor or the Emergency Room a lot. It seems they are more accident prone than others. They are always at the pharmacy. Initially, one will think they have the worst of luck. A lot of times, they will run out of resources for their pills and begin obtaining them illegally. They are known to steal doctor’s scripts or buy them off the street. They will take other’s medications. These are just a few of the key signals one might look for to indicate prescription drug addiction.

Now, for the tougher of the addicts to recognize. These are the people who genuinely obtain a narcotic pain medication or nerve pill and become dependent. Usually, this patient will recognize their dependency and bring it to the attention of a professional, at some point. They, generally speaking, are much easier to deal with because they recognize that they are beginning to have a problem.  The biggest problem with this type of prescription drug addiction is that they are not sure when it’s time to seek help and if they genuinely have a problem, and they are usually extremely apprehensive about seeking help. This may be a whole new, embarrassing concept to them and they are ashamed to admit to anyone what they suspect is happening to them. Unfortunately, the time lapse between becoming dependent and actively seeking help could cost them their life.

In conclusion, prescription drug addiction is a huge problem and appears to be growing. It’s not just those in the healthcare industry or longtime addicts that are affected. It is lawyers, contractors, lobbyists, hair stylists, etc., in other words, anyone.  All walks of life are affected by prescription drug abuse.  In any case, neither should be taken lightly.  Drug abuse, any form, is a very serious issue and should be addressed as quickly as possible.

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Prescription drug addiction is a widespread problem. I work at a drug rehab facility and it is, by and large, probably the most frequently abused drug. It’s legal and easily accessible. I understand the dilemma that doctors are faced with because, one never knows who’s an abuser or who may become dependent on any given prescription drug. I have callers from all over the United States, of all ages and from various backgrounds that are dependent on prescription drugs. Some times, it is medically necessary to prescribe narcotic drugs to relieve pain; however, it’s almost impossible to determine who might be an abuser or who may become dependent.

The first thing that needs to be addressed is repeat customers, so to speak.  Do certain patients always need refills, or perhaps they are repeatedly acquiring pain related injuries. These might be abusers.  They go running to the doctor or the Emergency Room a lot. It seems they are more accident prone than others. They are always at the pharmacy. Initially, one will think they have the worst of luck. A lot of times, they will run out of resources for their pills and begin obtaining them illegally. They are known to steal doctor’s scripts or buy them off the street. They will take other’s medications. These are just a few of the key signals one might look for to indicate prescription drug addiction. 

Now, for the tougher of the addicts to recognize. These are the people who genuinely obtain a narcotic pain medication or nerve pill and become dependent. Usually, this patient will recognize their dependency and bring it to the attention of a professional, at some point. They, generally speaking, are much easier to deal with because they recognize that they are beginning to have a problem.  The biggest problem with this type of prescription drug addiction is that they are not sure when it’s time to seek help and if they genuinely have a problem, and they are usually extremely apprehensive about seeking help. This may be a whole new, embarrassing concept to them and they are ashamed to admit to anyone what they suspect is happening to them. Unfortunately, the time lapse between becoming dependent and actively seeking help could cost them their life.

In conclusion, prescription drug addiction is a huge problem and appears to be growing. It’s not just those in the healthcare industry or longtime addicts that are affected. It is lawyers, contractors, lobbyists, hair stylists, etc., in other words, anyone.  All walks of life are affected by prescription drug abuse.  In any case, neither should be taken lightly.  Drug abuse, any form, is a very serious issue and should be addressed as quickly as possible.

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