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Prescription Medications and Pain Pill Abuse
Prescription medications that relieve pain are classified as opioids and when they?re prescribed for a patient to manage their pain symptoms, they?re extremely beneficial and necessary. Because prescription narcotic painkillers cause tolerance and eventually addiction it?s important that pain medications be prescribed by a physician and monitored, taken as prescribed, and never be mixed with other drugs or alcohol.
Over the counter (OTC) pain relief medications help relieve and reduce pain symptoms associated with arthritis, headaches and muscle soreness. There are many other medical conditions an individual uses OTC pain pills for but not everyone responds the same to pain medications. There are a variety of medications on the market today for the treatment of pain but they should never be misused. Mixing over the counter painkillers is just as dangerous as mixing prescription pain pills. Reading labels is very important and consulting your doctor is necessary before combining medications on your own. Pain relievers that are purchased over the counter aren't always effective enough for reducing pain, depending on the circumstance a physician will prescribe a prescription narcotic pain reliever for the patient.
Nonmedical Use of Pain Killers
There are warning labels on prescribed pain medications and on all over the counter painkillers so a person doesn't accidentally misuse them. Many people choose to ignore the warning labels and abuse painkillers to get high. Today more than ever before many young people and adults either take larger quantities at a time orally, crush the pain pills and snort the powder, or mix the crushed powder with liquid and inject it to get high. Prescription Painkiller addiction and abuse is one of the biggest problems throughout the United States right now by teens, young and older adults. Many people either drink alcohol, use marijuana or other drugs at the same time to enhance the effects which has proven to be deadly many times.
So many people have overdosed and died snorting or injecting opioid pain pills, especially with OxyContin. OxyContin is meant to be taken orally and is a time-released painkiller. When a person crushes then snorts or injects this drug instead of slowly releasing medication into the person?s bloodstream it rapidly releases. This causes serious health issues and in high doses has caused many overdoses and deaths.
Besides marijuana the use of prescription pain pills for nonmedical reasons in 2008 was the most abused drug throughout the United States among people aged 12 years and older. It doesn?t matter if opioids are abused alone or combined with alcohol or other drugs the effects are serious and can lead to an overdose.
Hydrocodone is a cough suppressant and an analgesic (pain reliever) used for the treatment of pain. Unfortunately many people abuse hydrocodone painkillers and have become addicted to them and are in need of treatment because they're unable to overcome their dependency on their own. The Brand Names for Hydrocodone are Vicodin, Lortab, Lorcet, Hycodan, and Vicoprofen. Many people choose to abuse hydrocodone pain pills because of the opioid effects.
Oxycodone is an analgesic narcotic that's commonly used in the medical field to treat moderate pain symptoms and sometimes moderately severe pain. Oxycodone is marketed as a controlled release medication called OxyContin or an immediate released formula called OxyIR or OxyFast. Oxycodone can also be prescribed combined with aspirin which is called Percodan or with acetaminophen which is called Percocet. The reason Oxycodone is abused so often is because of the euphoric effects and feeling the individual experiences.
Morphine is highly effective for relieving severe pain and is widely used in the medical field today. There are many generic and brand names today that morphine is marketed under, MS-Contin, Oramorph SR, MSIR, Roxanol, Kadian, and RMS. Morphine occurs naturally in the poppy plant and is extracted from the seedpod. Many people abuse morphine because of the rush of euphoria they receive.
Fentanyl is a very potent man-made opioid and is around a hundred times more potent than morphine. The intense euphoric effects are the reason Fentanyl is abused and some people substitute it for heroin. It's extremely dangerous to substitute fentanyl for heroin though because the potency is so much higher. This has resulted in frequent overdoses and can lead to respiratory depression and death.
Codeine is the most commonly used narcotic in the world today and is prescribed for relieving coughs and as a painkiller for relieving moderate pain. When you compare codeine to morphine, codeine is safer because there is less sedation, respiratory depression and less analgesia. Codeine is also intentionally misused for the euphoric effects and is very addictive.
Hydromorphone is a highly potent opioid analgesic or pain relieving drug. Hydromorphone is commonly and highly abused throughout the United States continuously causing problems. There are three brand names that Hydromorphone is marketed under, Dilaudid, Exalgo, and Hydrostat. Hydromorphone is very addictive but many people abuse this painkiller for the euphoric effects.
(Tylenol) is an over the counter pain killer that contains no aspirin. It's used to reduce fever, relieve headaches as well as other aches and pains. Tylenol (acetaminophen) doesn't reduce inflammation but is much easier on a person's stomach than other pain medications. The downside is that acetaminophen can be harmful to your liver so tylenol or other products containing acetaminophen should never be misused.
NSAIDs are anti inflammatory drugs which include Aspirin, Aleve, Advil and Motrin. It's important to read labels and never mix medications without consulting a medical professional first. Over the counter pain medications like acetaminophen and inflammatory drugs when taken as directed and not misused are highly effective pain relievers but when abused or misused come with consequences.
Prescription drug abuse is the fastest growing drug problem throughout the United States. When people abuse prescription drugs like painkillers, people need to understand they're just as addictive as heroin or meth and can lead to overdose and death.Who Answers?
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Most people think that prescription drugs are automatically safe to use because they are prescribed by a physician. The Food and Drug Administration regulates them, approves them and tells you it's safe to use them, but does that mean they're automatically good for you? I learned it the hard way that some prescription medications can cause a lot of harm, pain killers included. I became addicted to Vicodin after an injury, and the physical dependence created by the pain killer made it so that I needed more and more of the drug in order to feel the same effects as before.
Suddenly I was taking more and more Vicodin than I needed. And I feel like the pain was getting worse because my body wanted more and more of the drug. A prescription pain killer addiction can be just as serious as an illicit drug addiction. This is not something that you should mess with. If you start to feel like you have a dependence to a drug, any type of drug, then you need to seek help.
I ended up going to rehab for pain killer addiction and I am so glad that I did. It took a little while, but I was able to overcome my addiction to Vicodin and now I am living without reliance on pain killers. I am pain free, drug free and extremely satisfied with my life. If you're dealing with what I dealt with, rest assured that there is help out there that you can take advantage of.
Many people take pain killers for legitimate reasons, but my reasons were not all that legitimate. I was buying a whole manner of different pain killers on the street. It pretty much got to the point where I was experiencing pain that made no sense, and I think my body was just yearning for more of those pain killers. I was very much self medicating to deal with the issues. I was struggling so badly and it never occurred to me that the help I needed was out there, I just needed to admit that I had a problem and actually ask for help for a change.
It took a long time but I eventually worked up the courage to go to someone for help. I went to a physician, who referred me to a rehab center, and I checked myself in that day. Separated from my ordinary life, I was able to focus on healing in a place where I could not simply buy pain killers when I wanted them. It took some time but I have finally overcome my addiction to pain killing drugs and I am completely clean and drug free.
It was a struggle to overcome my addiction but I am so glad that I did. I feel worlds better now and I am happy to be sober. If you're in the same position, please know that you CAN get help. You simply have to take the first step which is to reach out to SOMEONE for help.
Nice post. I agree, the idea that prescribed drugs are generally safe to use is often misleading. Yes they are safe but take note, drugs are still drugs. Abusive and improper intake can be dangerous.