The Silent But Deadly Side of Prescription Drug Addiction

The Silent But Deadly Side of Prescription Drug Addiction

Shame, guilt, fear and overwhelming need and dependency are all part of this silent addiction. This silent epidemic is everywhere. There is no state that’s untouched by this addiction. I read an article recently on an Oklahoma News site and the headline said “Oklahoma drug-related deaths may hit a high”.

In 2009 drug related deaths were at the highest the state had ever seen according to a spokes-person. It went on to say that drugs killed 452 people in the state from January to September according to the autopsy reports. They were referring to prescription drug deaths.

Prescription Drugs accounted for about 83% of the drug related deaths by themselves and by combining them with alcohol or street drugs. The most abused prescription drugs are Hydrocodone and Oxycodone. Many people take these drugs legitimately from their doctors for pain and in a short time, become dependent on them while others ‘doctor shop’ to feed their addiction.

Oxycontin is viewed now as one of the most dangerous drugs in the United States. Not only can you take them orally, but they can be crushed and snorted or dissolved and injected. People are making a killing on the streets selling this stuff. This blew me away, legally sold Lortab cost about $6 for an 80 milligram tablet and they are sold on the streets for $80. People are not only addicted but going in debt and some are stealing just to feed this addiction.

There is a major change in prescription drug abusers now. This addiction is hitting people from every walk of life. Hard working mothers, fathers, college students and businessmen and women. Due to injuries, pain medication is prescribed just so the person can heal and function. In this day and age a person still has to work to take care of themselves and their families. Medications such as Vicodin are necessary just to function.

We can only hope that if enough information and statistics gets out there and reaches the general public everywhere, people will realize just how dangerous prescription drugs can be. The Bureau of Narcotics has a monitoring system set up that can allow doctor’s, pharmacists, veterinarians and law enforcement into a database that can help track these addictive prescriptions that are given to patients. But, they have to register to use this monitoring program. To me, they have to take just as much responsibility as the patient.

Many young children and teens have a parent or relative that abuses prescription drugs so there is no fear associated with this addiction. We need to educate our children in schools and at home about the dangers and effects of all drug abuse whether the drugs are legal or not. We all want our children to be able to read write and understand math, but we also want them to live long enough to do it. This is not going to change over night, but it can’t stop being talked about either.

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  1. Addict

    How do you know if it's a problem or not? I mean, I know I keep taking it and I know I need to for pain management, but when does the line get crossed? When comes the time to second guess my real motives?

  2. Addict

    It is often thought that prescription drugs are not harmful because they are given to a person by a doctor. However, prescription drugs are the most commonly abused drugs on the planet. What may have been given to a person to help ease their pain, help them to sleep, or to help treat hyperactivity can turn into a highly addictive and even deadly disorder. Prescription medication can be legally obtained, are not nearly as expensive as other drugs, and the person can avoid going to the streets to get the drug. The National Institute on Drug Abuse has identified three classes of prescription medications that are most abused. These are classified as opiates, CNS depressants (downers), and stimulants (uppers).

  3. Addict

    I was given a medicine by my Dr. and it caused me to be abusive to my family. I didn't realize until many years later what had happened. I had left my family because of the medicine and now they have come back but are very controlling over me. It wasn't me that did things to them, it was because of the drug that I did things to them.

    • Addict

      The drug "caused you to abuse your family" if a man raped a woman while high or drunk is he any less responsible for that act? Sorry to tell you seizures but it was you that did those things, you in an altered state did it you no one else. It is not that I don't feel your pain I am a recovering heroin addict with three years sober I was a very different person three years ago but sad to say it was me. I got myself addicted and I chose it over all the people I loved for a long time. It took me a very long time to regain the trust of my man and my family and even though some of my family still doesn't speak to me I understand why they keep their distance they want to make sure it is real. You should be thanking god above that they even took you back and if I had to tell them every where I was every second of the day until they felt at ease I would! So stop bitching about how they are controlling and if you haven't already say your sorry people need to hear it don't cop out and say it wasn't me, poor me. I truly feel bad for your family and hope you don't have kids because I know what it is like to have an addict for a parent but, nope it's still on ME and ME ALONE, I made my bed and so did you.

  4. Addict

    I have to agree with Jessica. I did oxy's for two years. I stole from ym parents, left my home, left my friends, and gurt just about everyone I knew. The key is to know that "I" did it and that "I" can fix it. I have be sober for 7 months now and there is just no way around the fact that it was me. Taking responsibility is what you have to do otherwise you don't give your self the chance to fix it. You have to own your problem before you can handle it. Admit you need help and then follow through. It will change your life. It did mine.

  5. Addict

    I also agree with Jessica. I also am in recovery from opiate addiction, and am coming up on four years clean and sober. I'm now in a master's program at a major university getting my graduate degree in substance abuse and clinical counseling, and also rehabilitation counseling. Please don't misunderstand - I don't say that to brag, but to show what can happen in your life when you get clean. I would have never been able to do this if I were still using. But one of the biggest things I had to do was to take responsibility for the fact that I had lied to people, stolen $$, borrowed $$ for false reasons, and all those other things we do in active addiction. What Seizures didn't say was whether or not he/she was still on this medication, whatever it is. I had (and still have) a serious medical problem that I was being treated for when I became dependent on my pain meds, and while I do put some of the blame for my becoming addicted on the doctors for over-prescribing, I take ALL the responsibility for my recovery. Regardless of how it happened, it's up to me to do DAILY what I have to do to maintain my sobriety. So take responsibility for what you did, Seizures, and know that it takes time to build that trust back up. They probably are tired of hearing you say you're sorry - I know my family was - they want to SEE you living a different type of life, not apologizing (once again) for what you did. Good luck!!

  6. Addict

    I am a definite addict. I have to take the pills because my back was broken, but I cannot take enough of them (hydrocodone) to make the pain go away. I never get "high" from the pills. I just can't get rid of the pain because I've taken them so long. I need help. Please help me...

  7. Addict

    One of the problems with prescription drug abuse is that it is too easy and people think it is "okay" to use them since doctors can prescribe them. It is also easy for teenagers to get a hold of these types of drugs. There needs to be a new system in place to help protect people from prescription drug abuse. Patient records need to be centralized so doctors can tell who is being prescribed pain meds from multiple doctors. We just need to find ways to make sure this information stays private.

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