According to statistics, prescription painkillers take the lives of 44 people every day in America.
Prescriptions drugs are the newest fad of narcotics causing a splurge of deaths and devastation across America. However, these drugs are not the ones that are purchased from the neighborhood drug dealer. They’re widely available with just a doctor’s prescription.
Now, according to reports, from the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, prescriptions kills more than 44 people each day.
The Big Killers: Opioids and Benzodiazepines
Opioids, derived from the opium poppy and its synthetic versions, are often prescribed following a surgery, injury, or for health conditions such as cancer, treatment of chronic, and non-cancer pain, such as back pain or osteoarthritis. There has been a dramatic increase in the acceptance of these drugs. These drugs include: Hydrocodone (e.g., Vicodin), Oxycodone (e.g., OxyContin), Oxymorphone (e.g., Opana), Methadone (especially when prescribed for pain) and Codine
Benzodiazepines are a class of drugs primarily used for treating: anxiety, seizures (convulsions), insomnia or trouble sleeping, general anesthesia, sedation prior to surgery or diagnostic procedures, muscle relaxation, alcohol withdrawal and drug associated agitation, nausea and vomiting, depression, and panic attacks.
These drugs include: Ativan (lorazepam), Dalmane (flurazepam), Diastat or Valium (diazepam), , Doral (quazepam), Halcion (triazolam), Klonopin (clonazepam), Librium (chlordiazepoxide), Paxipam (halazepam), ProSom (estazolam), Restoril (temazepam), Serax (oxazepam), Tranxene-SD (clorazepate), , Xanax (alprazolam)
Bad Pain Management Kills
Just one prescription can cause addiction and once addicted, it can be hard to stop. Misuse is a major problem; daily 44 people die and 7,000 people are treated in emergency departments. Overdosing is now the leading cause of accidental death in the United States, accounting for more deaths than traffic fatalities or gun homicides and suicides.
How Do You Avoid these Killers?
Avoiding prescription addiction boils down to two main points. The first is getting educated on these drugs and their addictive nature. The second is making sure to watch for signs and symptoms.
Here is a guide for prescription addiction prevention:
- Know the risks of prescription painkillers
- Find out other ways to manage your pain.
◦ Acetaminophen (Tylenol) or non-steroidal anti-inflammatory medications like ibuprofen (Advil)
◦ Certain antidepressants and anticonvulsants for neuropathic pain
◦ Physical therapy and exercise
◦ Cognitive behavioral therapy
- If you chose to use prescription painkillers make a plan on when and how to stop.
Use Prescribed Painkillers Only as Directed
- Use only as instructed by your doctor.
- Store prescription in a safe place and out of reach of others.
- Help prevent misuse and abuse by not selling to others or using someone else’s prescriptions.
Considering Help at a Drug Rehab?
If you see that someone is becoming dependent on these drugs, get them immediate help. There is a wide variety of drug rehabs available through http://www.drug-rehab.org/. The areas of specialty include:Watsonville, California, Santa Cruz, California, San Francisco, California, Sacramento, California, and Santa Rosa, California which all offer treatment for any drug addictions even pain killers.