Drug Addiction Help and Prescription Drug Abuse
Drug addiction statistics are available on a number of government sites, but when the Drug Czar speaks you don’t really need to verify what he has to say about prescription drug addiction or abuse. The numbers are out of control and young people really need addiction help.
John Walters the U.S. drug czar spoke on Monday December 3 and put forth 2 statistics you can count on, 50% of young people don’t think prescription drugs are as dangerous as street drugs and 19% get prescription drugs from a friend or family member. I have seen numbers as high as 60% of people getting drugs from friends and family members.
When prescription painkillers are viewed as safe by 50% of young people you can count on an escalation of prescription drug abuse and addiction numbers for the future.
One in ten teenagers already takes prescription drugs in Florida. Tampa is known as ground zero for internet diversion of drugs and just yesterday an article appeared in a Delray Florida paper where the prescription drug problem was called “out of control” by Sgt. Myers of the police department there.
People who are put on OxyContin, Oxycodone, and Hydrocodone may have more risk then they realize to addiction. Families who have medication in their medicine cabinets should lock them up, because one or more of your children may be trying to make a few bucks. I am not suggesting that you have a drug dealer in the family, but if the drugs are viewed as safe and they are available why not sell a couple to friends and buy some music for your IPod.
You can get prescription drugs from a variety of channels, including doctor shopping, an un-knowledgeable doctor writing to many prescriptions , the internet, friends, family and of course your local drug dealer. With the help of a large sales force the supply chain is kept stuffed to the brim by drug manufacturers and distributors.
If you have high school children don’t leave these medications in plain view, keep an eye on the doors these drugs are locked up in or you may find yourself facing a crisis that requires drug addiction help.