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Behind the Scenes - Prescription Pain Meds

The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuse at Columbia University reports that over 15 million people within the U.S. abuse prescription drugs. IF this figure is correct, more people are addicted to prescription drugs than heroin, meth and cocaine COMBINED.

Of course, prescription pain medication can be used appropriately for temporary ailments like sprains and broken bones.  It can be used to relieve the discomfort caused by arthritis or chronic back pain.  That is not the problem. 

I read the following statement on the website lovetoknow.com

Patients who become dependent on prescription medications may not intend to abuse the prescription. Long-term use of certain pain medications

causes the body to adjust to the medicine, so that larger doses are needed for the same effect. When the medicine is stopped, the person feels ill, a process called withdrawal. However, physical dependence is different from abuse. A person who is only physically dependent has no trouble stopping the medicine if it's tapered off appropriately. An abuser or addict continues to crave it, even if it's hurting their health or interfering with their responsibilities.

I would say that most of us know someone that is addicted to Vicodin, OxyContin, Morphine, Demerol, Codeine, or Oxycodone. We have seen what it does to families, how it impairs the person, how it can cause criminal activity.

It is a National Problem.  It is a Tennessee Problem.  It is a Morgan County Problem.