Hooked on Prescription Drugs? Get Addiction Help.
I recently read an article about the prescription drug addiction problem in a certain state. There was a big task force formed by the police, various addiction help facilities and a number of other groups. One of the government officials in the town was quoted as saying that he didn’t think there was a prescription drug addiction problem, that there was no evidence of it. Boy, does this guy have his head in the sand. All you have to do is call a few addiction help facilities and you’ll find that is not the case.
The facts are all over the place – they’re even published by various government agencies. Saying that prescription drug addiction is not a problem is like telling us the Holocaust never happened. Get real.
While it’s true that most people taking prescription drugs – as prescribed by their doctor – use them for the purpose for which their doctor intended them (and even those people can easily get addicted) the National Institute on Drug Abuse estimates that 20 percent of Americans use prescription drugs for non-medical reasons.
Also, a 2009 study found that 16 million Americans ages 12 and older took prescription drugs for non-medical purposes at least once in the prior year, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health and Substance Abuse Mental Health Administration.
And if anyone thinks these drugs are not addictive, why have addiction help facilities been inundated with people suffering from OxyContin addiction, Xanax addiction, and addiction to other tranquilizers and sedatives and even speed like Ritalin and Adderall?
The pill mills in Florida – which give away OxyContin and other painkillers like candy and have become huge legal suppliers for prescription drug addicts all up the eastern seaboard – are currently the subject of legislation.
Police reports from all across the country say that prescription drug addiction and abuse is becoming more and more of a problem in their area.
I can’t imagine why anyone would think it’s not an issue. Whatever ………..
The truth is this – prescription drug addiction IS epidemic. Kids are getting them from their parents’ medicine cabinets, pain clinics are handing them out like candy, people are going from one doctor to another faking symptoms to get more pills, thefts from pharmacies and other legit suppliers are becoming increasingly common, and even seniors are dealing them – watch the news.
Don’t let some blind politician make you feel that prescription drugs are safe – and if you have a problem with them, or there’s a problem with someone you care about, get into a drug rehab center.