Addiction to Medication After Surgery or an Injury

When you’re in pain after surgery or a injury, there’s little alternative but to take the painkillers the doctor prescribes for you. Fortunately for most people, recovery is fairly quick and painkillers may only be needed for a few days or perhaps a week and a half for something a little more severe. Of course, there are cases where people need painkillers for an extended time, just to have a tolerable quality of life. In the past, doctors have not been particularly careful to distinguish between an injury requiring a short course of painkillers and one that required pain relief…

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Addiction Often Starts with Legitimate Prescription Drug Use

It took a long time for this picture to come to light – how all too people often become addicted after taking medications that were prescribed by their doctors. It’s not exactly a new trend, but it’s one that has seen explosive growth in the last two decades. Here’s a few milestones on the way to our current epidemic: Late 1800s: Doctors prescribed laudanum for pain, menstrual cramps, “hysteria” and many other problems. Laudanum is opium dissolved in alcohol and it created addicts. Turn of century: Patent medicines offered cannabis, opium, morphine, alcohol and cocaine for anything that ails you.…

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Teens, Young Adults and Opiate Addiction: How Does it Start?

It’s a terrible thing, but far too often these days, when a teen or young adult overdoses on an opiate drug, the parents didn’t even know there was a problem. Or maybe they did know there was a problem and they tried repeatedly to handle it but their loved one could never stay sober. Finally, an overdose of heroin or a painkiller or a combination of drugs takes him away from them. How can this be happening with our young people? The following is an excellent article on the phenomenon of teenagers getting started on painkillers, especially those in athletic…

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One US State Rejects Database Aimed to Prevent Prescription Addiction

The non-medical use of prescription drugs is identified as the use of the drug for the feeling or experience the drug causes—the high.  The misuse of these powerful and potentially highly addictive drugs can involve taking too much or too little of the drug; or taking it too long or too often.  Prescription drug abuse and addiction is a nationwide problem, with states attempting to put safeguards in place to curtail the escalation of abuse, and minimize the dire consequences.  The state of Missouri stands alone on the issue of a prescription drug database.

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Not Just Suburban Families Suffering from Painkiller Addiction

For the last several years, the mainstream media has been reporting on the way that painkiller addiction has been working its way into the homes of people who never would have used an illegal drug. This addiction was initiated by the legitimate prescribing of painkillers like Vicodin, Lortab or OxyContin. As a person’s body builds tolerance to the pills, they need more of the drug just to feel normal and keep the pain away. This route to addiction is insidious because the person using the medication may not even realize when legitimate medical use slips into misuse and addiction. Now,…

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Preventing Prescription Drug Abuse

Just fifteen years ago, prescription drug abuse was a minor subject. Even ten years ago, it took a back seat to the routes to addiction we were used to. Alcohol and marijuana were the primary channels to addiction, not pills. But now, prescription drug abuse is headline news. Many people start their drug use by abusing pills and so many of these people got starting taking pills because of a legitimate prescription for pain. In a recent Senate Caucus meeting a couple of weeks ago on the subject of prescription drugs there were some strong opinions voiced during that meeting…

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Former NFL Players Sue the League for Misuse of Prescription Medications

This is not a blog post about the sport. It’s about the medical treatment of the players. It’s about the indiscriminate use of prescription medications to keep these players on the field at whatever cost to their physical and mental health. I’ve been aware of these issues for a long time, because I’ve seen so many former athletes of every shape and size need drug rehab after all the injuries they’ve suffered. The issue of players being addicted to prescription drugs after they leave the league has been building for several years now. In 2009, former Tampa Bay Buccaneer Randy…

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New Painkiller Zohydro May Be Next Big Addiction Risk

In light of the headlines in recent months involving the nationwide epidemic of prescription painkiller abuse and addiction, you might think that every possible effort is being made to crack down on this major public health problem in order to save lives from the damage caused by addiction and overdose. You would be wrong! Officials at the highest levels, the ones you would expect to be the most concerned about stemming the tide of painkiller abuse, have recently given approval to a new type of painkiller that is even more powerful, and therefore more addictive and dangerous, than what is…

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Twisting the Prescription Drug System for Profit

We all know the way the prescription painkiller distribution system is supposed to work. A person with real pain that reduces the quality of his (or her) life visits a properly licensed doctor. To help that patient with the pain until recovery is complete, the doctor prescribes the minimum therapeutic dose, that is then accurately dispensed by an honest pharmacy.

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A Growing Tragedy Manifests Itself in Addiction to Painkiller Medications

For many people, this addiction starts with the use of pain medication after an injury or surgery or maybe just a tooth extraction. The pain may be real in the beginning but the painkiller use goes on after the pain goes away. Maybe the person just seems to feel better and not have so many aches and pains when they take those pills. Many people will not realize that there is any problem when they need more of that painkiller just to keep the aches away. But you see, the body is developing a tolerance to the opiates, meaning that…

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