The use of prescription drugs has been the catalyst for hundreds of heartbreaking addiction stories for many American families. While no one can dispute the important role prescription drugs play in medicine and pain management, abuse of these drugs have been the cause of many drug overdose fatalities and the gateway into addiction. The true story of prescription drugs for Munchie Morgan is recounting the tragic path her sister’s life took after a car accident that introduced her to the prescription medication called OxyContin and later to heroin.
Addiction for most individuals today begin innocently with a written prescription designed to help ease the suffering of post-surgery or chronic pain from an injury. For others it is the need to get a good night’s sleep, soothe away emotional turmoil, deal with stress, placate a mental disorder or unresolved trauma. As the number of people suffering due to medical or non-medical use of prescription drugs increase, the effect has changed the course of millions of lives and revolutionized the image of addiction.
Through advocates like Munchie Morgan, people are beginning to peel away the misconceptions that has stigmatized people in addiction for centuries. And, through funding and the innovation of technology, both the medical community, judicial system and the public reeling from the loss of family and friends are beginning to see addiction as a treatable disease rather than moral dilemma.
As a result, treatment for prescription drug addiction and other substances of abuse has taken center stage in the political arena that has brought attention to the need for addiction education, targeted research and enhanced treatment programs. For many celebrities, the destruction of their talent and ultimately their lives often begin with the use of prescription drugs. While Elvis Presley’s death was attributed to a cardiac arrhythmia, the King of Rock also had a history of sleep problems that according to his mother began when he was a child.
Lab analysis indicated that the singer had as much as fourteen different prescription drugs in his system when he died. And according to reports, Dr. George Nichopoulos, Presley’s personal physician had written at least 199 prescriptions in the months before the star died. While this story has a familiar ring in the death of other celebrities like Michael Jackson and Heath Ledger among others, studies from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) reveal it is happening on a mass scale in the general population.
In 2014, the CDC reported an alarming increase in the number of deaths from prescription painkillers such as Vicodin and OxyContin. Between 1999 and 2011, according to the report the number of prescription drug related deaths had almost quadrupled. And, according to Dr. Holly Hedegaard, injury epidemiologist at the National Center for Health Statistics and author of the CDC report, these numbers were significantly underestimated.
Part of the problem with prescription drug use is the misconception that because they are prescribed by a doctor they are less dangerous than illicit drugs. When used in combination with other legally prescribed substances, illicit drugs or alcohol, the potency of prescription drugs can be heighten turning these chemical combinations into lethal cocktails.
It is important to be aware that prescription drug abuse may be occurring if:
Treatment for prescription drug abuse or addiction can change a potential tragedy into a life-saving story. Strategies for recovery from opioid dependence include specific treatment models designed to halt chronic drug use, identification and resolution of underlying issues that perpetuate the cycles of addiction and relapse prevention education, tools and techniques to help maintain long term sobriety.
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