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Suffolk County, New York Exemplifies the Country’s Problem with Prescription Painkillers

In Suffolk County just like across the rest of the US, there have been rapid increases in the quantity of prescription painkillers being prescribed by doctors. Where there are too many painkillers circulating in a society, this fact seems to drive more abuse and addiction. And both Suffolk County and the US as a whole are having problems with an increasing number of people being addicted to pain pills.  

The Lancet medical journal described the US as the “epicenter” of the world’s problems with prescription drugs. They further stated that there had been a 430% increase in treatment admissions for prescription painkiller addiction in the decade ending in 2009.

 State by state, new laws are being passed to bring prescription drug abuse under control. But in Suffolk County, a grand jury recently issued a detailed list of recommendations that were intended to reduce the damaging effects of prescription drug abuse and addiction. After listening to testimony from dozens of people, they decided that: 

  • Each person who was involved in an injury or fatal traffic accident should have a mandatory blood test without police having to get a search warrant first (which would delay the test and perhaps invalidate the results)
  • Prescriptions need to be issued via an electronic system rather than the current paper system that allows people to forge prescriptions
  • Drug companies making billions on prescription drug abuse should contribute funds to find effective ways to fight addiction
  • These companies should also provide support for the state’s Prescription Drug Monitoring Program. 

The District Attorney of the county was an active part of spearheading the assignment of responsibility to the pharmaceutical companies. He also blamed the practitioners who distribute drugs with recklessness, just to profit from the business. He also recommended that doctors who run “pill mills” be charged with felonies, not misdemeanors. 

New York City Health Commissioner Dr. Thomas Farley noted that there has “been a rapid increase (in prescribing pain medication) across the country… What’s changed is the practices of doctors and others who prescribe these drugs.” 

Perhaps by increasing the penalties for those who overindulge in these drugs or profit from their distribution, Suffolk County can curb the epidemic within their boundaries. 

What Help is There for Those Who Lose the Battle with Addiction? 

Painkillers can be a particularly dangerous drug to use recreationally. According to some reports, it does not take a lot of exposure to opiate painkillers to develop a physical or psychological addiction. It varies greatly by how a person’s body processes the drug and how prone to addiction they are. If they are dealing with difficult issues in life and find that the painkillers make those problems fade away, they may want more of the drug. This was how Jamie Lee Curtis described the way she got addicted to morphine after a cosmetic procedure. 

Whether addiction started a month ago or twenty years ago, recovery is possible. Every day, those who are addicted find sobriety at last at Narconon Arrowhead. 

Narconon Arrowhead’s Long Term Rehab Program 

When a person is addicted, there are many problems that need to be unraveled. The person’s cravings for drugs needs to be addressed, their loss of personal integrity and self respect – which may be total – needs to be resolved. Their depression needs to be lifted and the guilt over the harm done to self and others will need to be relieved. 

All this change takes time. The Narconon Arrowhead drug and alcohol rehab program is completed at each person’s own personal speed. On average, it takes three to five months to make these repairs, but some people take seven or eight months. Every once in a while, a person will take even more time. The cost of the program does not change if a person takes longer. The most important thing is that a person is ready to build a new sober life when they leave. Not how long they have been in rehab. 

Some families send a loved one to Narconon after several tries at other types of rehab programs. Some people need more support than is found in group meetings, and other people find that they were prescribed medications such as methadone, buprenorphine or benzodiazepines at other rehabs which just continued the problem of being influenced by drugs. Because they realized that the real result they wanted was to be free entirely from dependence on drugs, many people have chosen the Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation program. 

When you’re talking about drug rehab, the only measure of success is sobriety. And after graduating from Narconon Arrowhead, seven out of ten graduates remain sober after they go home. This is one of the best success rates in this field. 

When someone you care about is being damaged by addiction and you want to help, find out how the Narconon Arrowhead drug rehab program can result in the sobriety you want. Call 1-800-468-6933 for details. 

http://newyork.cbslocal.com/2012/05/24/suffolk-county-grand-jury-addresses-prescription-painkiller-abuse/ 

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2008/06/23/jamie-lee-curtis-addictio_n_108680.html

 

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