Prescription Pain Pills - Safe Pain Relievers or Dangerous Narcotics?
Prescription pain relievers are necessary medical forms of pain management; they are one of the most prescribed drugs in this country. Not only are they one of the most popular and necessary prescribed drugs they are one of the most abused prescription drugs throughout the United States.
Due to severe medical conditions and injuries many people can't function without pain relievers. Because of the side effects, health risks and possible dependency issues prescription pain pills have to be monitored and not abused.
Prescription Pain Pill Dependency
Legitimate pain pill dependency: There are a couple of reasons prescription pain killers are abused. Depending on the person and the reason they have been prescribed pain relievers, many times it's necessary for them to take pain pills for a long period of time. When this happens the person builds up a tolerance to the medication and needs to increase their dose in order to get the same relief. This should only take place under their doctor's orders and supervision. Many people though, find other ways to increase their pain medication without their physician's knowledge or approval.
When prescription pain medication is increased by a physician the patient's mental and physical health needs to be monitored in order to avoid abusing pain pills and the serious health risks associated with them. Prescription pain pills are much stronger and more potent than over the counter pain medications so it's important to never abuse them by taking more than is prescribed. The patient should never mix prescribed pain killers with other pain medications or any other drugs, and must avoid alcohol.
Many people have found themselves dependent and addicted to prescription pain pills innocently and will do anything possible including abusing other dangerous and illegal drugs in order to function. Combining prescription pain killers with alcohol is also common when an individual finds themselves self-medicating their pain pill addiction. This is not only serious and dangerous; it has proven to be fatal many times.
Prescription Pain Pill Abuse
Unfortunately there are thousands of people who are constantly looking for ways to get 'high' just because. There is no medical reason behind their need to abuse legal prescription drugs or any illegal substance.
This news reports exposes prescription pain pill abuse, how easy it is for individuals to get the pills from legitimate doctors and explains the dangers and consequences of pain pill abuse. Watch as a father talks about losing his daughter to prescription pain pill abuse.
Many young people just don't understand the dangers and consequences behind drug abuse. No matter what they have seen or what they have heard, they are still going to try it just because. Many adults make these same poor choices as well and in a short period of time, no matter what age you are prescription pain pill 'highs' turn into prescription pain pill addiction. If pain pill abuse doesn't get treated, it then turns into a possible pain pill overdose then a pain pill related death and tragedy.
Because prescription pain killers are so easy to get the abuser just becomes more and more dependent and is not only physically dependent on pain pills but psychologically dependent on them as well. The dangers and consequences associated with prescription pain pill abuse continue to get worse because many times alcohol and other drugs are being abused as well.
Pain killer abusers will go from one doctor to another for their prescriptions, get pain pills from friends, and steal them from family, friends or pharmacies. Shopping online or buying them on the streets is also a way an individual dependent on prescription pain killers will obtain their drugs.
Examples of Prescription Pain Killers that are Abused
Oxycodone is the chemical name for the following brand names; OxyContin, Percodan, and Percocet and Tylox. Oxycodone is a schedule II narcotic and is widely used in the medical field. When Oxycodone is combined with aspirin or acetaminophen it is used to treat moderate to moderately severe pain.
Hydrocodone is the chemical name for the following brand names; Vicodin, Lortab, Lorcet, Hycodan and Vicoprofen. Hydrocodone is a cough suppressant and analgesic (anesthetic) for the treatment of moderate and moderately severe pain. Hydrocodone is the most frequently prescribed opiate in the U.S. and the most often prescribed is combined with acetaminophen (Vicodin and Lortab).
Morphine is the chemical name for the following brand names; Kadian, Oramorph SR, MSIR, Roxanol, RMS andMS-Contin. Morphine is one of the drugs of choice for relieving severe pain as well as chronic pain management in opiate-tolerant patients.
Fentanyl is the chemical name for the brand name Duragesic, Fentora, and Actiq. Fentanyl is around one hundred times more potent than morphine and medical use is increasing for treating and managing pain.
Codeine is used to relieve mild to moderate pain. When codeine is combined with other medications it's used to relieve coughing also. Codeine is also combined with acetaminophen and available as Tylenol with Codeine.
Hydromorphone is the chemical name for the brand name Dilaudid which is a very potent pain medication used in the treatment for relieving moderate to severe pain. Hydromorphone is classified as a Schedule II controlled drug but the abuse of this pain killer is increasing.
Meperidine is the chemical name for the brand name Demerol. Meperidine is used to relieve moderate to severe pain. Meperidine produces similar effects to morphine and is used for the relief of moderate to severe pain.
Prescription Pain Pill Addiction Treatment
It doesn't matter if you became dependent on prescription pain pills innocently or chose to abuse them for any other reason. The bottom line is that addiction to pain killers is serious, dangerous, and miserable and could be deadly. Many people have lost their lives due to prescription drug abuse.
The reason behind the prescription drug addiction doesn't matter, what does matter is what you can do about it now. Prescription drug abuse is treatable and you're not alone. There is no need to go through life ashamed, fearful and miserable any longer. Prescription drug abuse is serious but you can help yourself or someone you love now before it's too late.
Substance abuse interventions are sometimes necessary to get someone you care about help if they're not ready on their own yet. An experienced intervention therapist will help you with this and take all the necessary steps to make sure you and your loved one or friend gets the help they need to turn their lives around.
Detoxification treatment is available because withdrawing from pain pill addiction is not only uncomfortable but serious and an individual needs to have the best care possible during this time. Cognitive Behavior Therapy and Drug Rehabilitation Treatment will not only help you through this hard time but lowers your risk of relapse which is inevitable for many people without outside help.
There's nothing shameful or degrading asking for help, many people have not only recovered from drug dependency, their strength and knowledge has gone on to help someone else.
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