The Rising Threat of Prescription Drug Addiction - Page 2
How many of your friends do you know that have their Vicodin with a glass of wine or another alcoholic beverage on a nightly basis?
“What happens is that everyone builds up a tolerance and it takes more and more to get the same impact. They like that feeling and they continue to use the medication.”
Unfortunately, there are many people out there who are getting Vicodin from their friends or family members. Although, it is something that is prescribed by a physician as a safe way to manage pain – many abuse it to sleep. Long time sufferers of depression develop addictions to it because its effects are far greater than that of prescribed antidepressants.
“It is meant to be a pain medication – it is not an antidepressant nor is it meant to be.”
As that dependency on the opiate drug Vicodin continues to grow, the dosage desired will grow. Vicodin is considered to be relatively low in effect on the list of opiate drugs. A heavy Vicodin user is likely to escalate opiate drug abuse to something far more powerful such as OxyContin.
The questing that is always being asked – How is it that people are able to get so many of these different types of drugs?
“The most common way to obtain opiate drugs is going to be through a friend or a relative. As that need continues, there will be multiple ways – or in the case of a celebrity or an athlete, they’ll have multiple doctors.”
Michael Jackson is an example of a celebrity that had multiple doctors – those multiple doctors served as all of his many sources for these different drugs. The most common belief is that this is achieved through the vast financial resources of those in the public eye – Dr. Herschman assures that this is not always the case.
“We can’t always taint these physicians as poor prescribers. There are certainly some out there, there were just two that were recently arrested in New York. Part of the problem is that if an addict goes doctor shopping, he can see 10 different doctors and get 10 prescriptions from each of these doctors. The physicians don’t know that the addict has seen other physicians and gotten other prescriptions. “
Doctor-patient confidentiality laws prevent the sharing of information amongst doctors. Dr. Herschman acknowledges that the rise in prescription drug deaths renews the call for state registry laws.Continued on the next page