Millions of Americans are victims of prescription drug abuse. According to statistics there may be more individuals addicted to prescription medicines than all illegal street drugs combined. The abuse is significant, especially in light of the fact that it’s usually a reputable physician that is suggesting and prescribing the drugs leading to substance abuse.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse:
“Prescription drug abuse is the intentional use of a medication without a prescription; in a way other than as prescribed; or for the experience or feeling it causes.”
On one hand, there are many places an individual can find black market prescription drugs like codeine, Vicodin or Oxycontin, even on the internet, but most narcotic drugs are coming directly from medical professionals who are too quick to prescribe drugs for discomfort or anxiety and who are not taking the time to discover the root cause of the patient’s complaint.
At AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center, we’ve seen an increase in the numbers of drug abusers seeking help, along with national media stories on the celebrity fatalities associated with prescription drug abuse. Clearly, it’s not always the drugs that are being mistreated, but when combined with other medicines, and/or alcohol, a dangerous cocktail is created.
Routinely those abusing prescription drugs will attempt to contact multiple physicians to acquire their drugs from a variety of sources, never revealing the fact that they’ve seen other doctors, nor what other medications they may be taking. While most medical professionals will require an appointment and examination before dispensing prescriptions, there are many instances where doctors will prescribe over the phone.
Even with a personal examination of the patient complaining of aches or pain, it’s often difficult for the doctor to discern genuine pain levels, especially in those who are looking more for the drugs than for pain relief. Drug abusers are also very good actors, they know exactly what to say and how to act to mislead reputable doctors.
Some of the common signs of prescription drug abuse:
- Taking another person’s recommended medicines.
- Checking out several medical professionals for the same or similar prescriptions.
- Taking more than the recommended dosage.
- Combining medications without talking about dangers with medical professional.
As more and more pain clinics spring up around the country, there are more doctors than ever who are prescribing narcotics for their patients. While most doctors will have the patients’ best interests at heart, some may recognize the easy money to be made in the dispensing of medication, contributing to the problem of prescription drug abuse.
At AWAREmed Health and Wellness Resource Center, we are well equipped to help addicted patients conquer their prescription drug abuse. With our proprietary programs we can assist through detoxifying, with safe, rapid, and effective results.
Along with a successful and painless detox, we offer after care programs that will assure long term healing from prescription drug abuse.
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