Deterring Prescription Painkiller Abuse Doesn't Seem to Stop Addicts

Deterring Prescription Painkiller Abuse Doesn't Seem to Stop Addicts

Not everyone that's dependent on prescription painkillers and other prescribed medications started out abusing them to get high. Thousands of adults and younger people have become dependent on them for legitimate reasons due to illness or back and neck injuries.

Most prescribed narcotic pain medications are powerful drugs and very addictive and anyone that has suffered from long-term chronic intense pain understands how necessary they are. Unfortunately though, doctors were prescribing pain medications right and left in the past which made it extremely easy for people to obtain painkillers with intensions of abuse.

Today prescription drugs are getting much harder to obtain due to the new laws that have been set in place in most states. Prescription drug users are still finding ways to get their drugs one way or another though even if they have to find similar drugs to abuse. There's been an increased surge in heroin users throughout the United States because prescription opiate drugs aren't as easy to get now but people are still desperate to find pain medications to abuse. It doesn't seem to matter what measures are taken to stop the abuse of prescription drugs, a similar drug or a new synthetic substance seems to take its place.

OxyContin (oxycodone) is a powerful controlled released painkiller that's very useful for people who require pain medication to manage their symptoms around the clock but unfortunately was also highly misused and abused. Many people became addicted to OxyContin due to abuse by snorting the pills after crushing them or injecting the painkiller after they dissolved them which sadly resulted in many overdoses and deaths. In 2010 a safer formula of OxyContin came out that prevented the painkiller from being abused. This didn't stop the abuse of pain medications though other prescription painkillers like Vicodin and other narcotic pain relievers could still be obtained and abused.

Desperate prescription drug users will do anything they can to obtain painkillers even if it means robbing a pharmacy. According to eleven pharmacies have been robbed this year alone so far in Fort Wayne with specific requests for Opana which is a powerful pain medication and is the brand name for oxymorphone.

In the past when OxyContin could easily be abused it was a popular pain medication people wanted but now Opana is the painkiller many people are desperate to obtain. Opana is an extended released formula that not only habit forming but very powerful and dangerous when misused.

Methadone is another prescription painkiller that's highly abused today and there are many people addicted to the drug. Years ago methadone was prescribed to treat pain especially for people who didn't find pain relief from non-narcotic pain relievers. Today methadone is also used in treating people addicted to opiate drugs to help them manage their cravings and withdrawal symptoms while they're recovering from their addiction. Even though methadone is a useful medication for treating legitimate pain and treating people who are addicted to opiates like prescription painkillers and heroin addiction, many people are abusing the drug and are now addicted to it. It's very unfortunate because methadone when used for the right reasons can help people dependent on opiates overcome their addiction but instead many people are just abusing the drug.

Unfortunately it doesn't matter what laws are enacted or what measures are taken to deter the abuse of prescription drugs or even synthetic drugs like bath salts. In today's world prescription drug users will find a similar substance to abuse like heroin to replace their pain pill addiction or move onto more powerful pain medications like Opana which can be even more powerful and deadly especially when combined with other drugs or alcohol.

U.S. Food and Drug Administration
USA Today
PubMed Health

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