Community Treatment Options Needed for Prescription Drug Epidemic

The Economy's Effect on Prescription Drug Abuse The terrible costs of America's prescription drug abuse continues to hit our society everyday. Abuse of prescription pain killers, anti-anxiety medications, sleeping pills, and stimulants has reached an all-time high.Meanwhile people are losing jobs, insurance, and the financial means to pay for treatment of their addictions. It comes as no surprise then that epidemic prescription drug abuse is happening now. Physicians are seeing increases in severe anxiety and depressive illnesses among their patients hit hard by the recession. Job losses, foreclosures, and the difficulty of finding employment can result in debilitating mental illnesses if not treated. People without health insurance may turn to online pharmacies and pill mills to treat their own symptoms, opening the door to abuse and addiction. Three Treatment Approaches: The recovery community is scrambling to deal with the onslaught of prescription drug addiction. Drug abuse over time causes physical changes in the brain, so treatment must take into account not only the psychological and behavioral aspects of addiction,…

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Opioids – 5 to 10 Percent Will become Addicted

Opioids are a class of pain relieving drugs that include oxycodone (e.g., OxyNEO, Percocet), morphine (e.g., Kadian, Avinza), hydrocodone (e.g., Vicodin), codeine, and some other related drugs. These highly effective painkillers have many useful applications, from relieving post-operative surgery pain to relieving the pain associated with cancer. They are also useful for stopping pain from dental procedures, certain chronic pain conditions, and moderate to severe pain from traumatic injuries. Opioids can be safe when used as directed, but many people become dependent on them. They wrongfully assume that since these drugs are approved by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) and available to the public through a prescription, that they are not harmful. However, according to Dr. Nora Volkow, director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, at the National Institute of Health, approximately 5 to 10 percent of individuals who take opioids on a regular basis become addicted. Furthermore, those with a personal or a family history of alcohol or drug abuse are the most vulnerable to dependency. When…

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Good Video about Pharmaceutical Industry

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CVS Blacklisting Some Irresponsible doctors in Florida

In an interesting development, CVS is taking action against doctors that irresponsibly prescribe narcotic painkillers.  The company has sent letters to a collection of Florida doctors indicating that it will no longer fill prescriptions for drugs like OxyContin. CVS is probably taking their actions for a variety of reasons.  Not the least of these reasons is that there has been a rash of pharmacy robberies and slayings. We applaud this policy and think that it is going to send a message to unethical doctors as well as raise awareness Regulation Coming From the Wrong Direction There has already been a legal backlash to CVS' decree as one Florida physician has filed suit. The reason that this chain of events is going to turn into an expensive court battle is because CVS is trying to implement policy and regulation which is the job of the FDA. Unfortunately, the FDA has not been effective in preventing, taking notice, or addressing the prescription drug epidemic. Actions like this one taken by CVS…

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The Role of the Family in Prescription Drug Treatment

Nearly 2 million Americans from all walks of life are currently dependent on prescription drugs. The stereotypic image of a drug addict as a young adult shooting up heroin or snorting cocaine has been replaced by the new face of addiction. Today’s drug addict may be someone who holds down a job and has family responsibilities. In many cases, family members are painfully aware that their loved one’s use of prescription drugs has spiraled into addiction but they don’t know how to help. oxyneo treatment The Chicago Tribune recently published an article that includes guidelines for those who have discovered that a spouse or other family member is abusing prescription drugs. Although each family and each case of addiction is unique, experts have defined a general road map for treatment and recovery that includes the following steps. • Take action. The addict may not be motivated to seek treatment, so family members should take responsibility for researching treatment options. For many families, intervention can • Find appropriate help. Treatment…

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Awareness about OxyNEO Addiction

Our team of addiction reporters is here to report and bring further awareness about the highly addictive nature of opiate medications like OxyNEO. OxyNEO is the New Face of OxyContin Purdue Pharma has been harshly criticized (and some executives have been criminally prosecuted) for the release and effects of the drug OxyContin.  OxyContin is such a powerful opioid medication that it is only appropriate for extreme pain - like terminally ill cancer patients. Purdue Pharma irresponsibly marketed the drug and through misdiagnosis and unethical prescribing many doctors unleashed the drug on patients who were utterly unprepared for the  habit forming nature of the drug.  Compounding this was recreational use by people (especially young adults) who mistakenly perceived the drug as less sinister than illegal street drugs.  The instance of addiction and overdose overwhelmed many families. "Sticky OxyContin" or "tamper proof OxyContin" was released in 2010 to try and prevent the rash of overdoses and met with some success. OxyNEO is the latest "re-branding" attempt by Purdue Pharma to continue…

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