Painkiller sales soar around US, fuel addiction

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Painkiller sales soar around US, fuel addiction
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Mon, 04-09-2012 - 8:55am

It seems as though we are hearing a lot of news lately about Oxycodone and it isn't all good. Addiction to prescription pain killers is on the rise at alarming rates.

"The increases have coincided with a wave of overdose deaths, pharmacy robberies and other problems in New Mexico, Nevada, Utah, Florida and other states. Opioid pain relievers, the category that includes oxycodone and hydrocodone, caused 14,800 overdose deaths in 2008 alone, and the death toll is rising, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says." READ MORE

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Mon, 04-09-2012 - 11:25am

What can we do? Not a lot, I fear, since oxy is "legal" in the sense that it is presribed and is effective for what it is prescribed for... It's just that it may be "over-prescribed", resulting in addiction, and, because pharmacies HAVE to be able to fill prescriptions, it is too easy to steal for those who have become addicted...

There have abeen a lot of those pharmaacy robberies here in Ohio as well... it has the Attorney General all stirred up and achieving absolutley nothing (but then, he's a loser anyway...)

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Wed, 04-11-2012 - 11:51am
I know that they are looking at phasing out funding for some of these classes of drugs on our northern Canadian reserves because of the high level of addiction (http://www.calgaryherald.com/Health+Canada+stop+funding+addictive+painkiller+OxyContin/6174163/story.html).

I had a girlfriend who had shoulder surgery and was prescribed Percocet which I thought she was taking quite liberally - and seemed to have access to repeat refills - which I thought was unnecessary. What happened to plain old Tylenol 3's? And do we now have unrealistic attitudes about pain relief? As in, we shouldn't have to feel any discomfort? Or if we were kept in hospitals longer maybe they could administer stronger drugs for a bit longer in a controlled environment, and then send us home with a lower dose of medication.

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Wed, 04-11-2012 - 12:04pm

Yeah-it's the refills I find so odd. My sister had shoulder surgery too and the amount of pain medication she had access to was amazing.My other sister broke her foot and our family doc prescribed her one round of narcotic pain medication and she had to go back to see him 10 days later in order to get more.

My son took Accutane and it was the most controlled drug we have ever used. It involved blood tests, special identification cards, lectures, a very specific pharmacy with certain codes that we could only get from the doctor, and many doctor visits. It seems like if all these over prescribed drugs were monitored like that Accutane was, it would cut down on a lot of the abuse/addictions.

I doubt I could ever be addicted to painkiller personally because they make me so sick. I was once prescribed hydrocodone for a horrible tooth issue and I got so sick from it that I decided it was easier to suffer out the pain than to deal with the nausea from that stuff.

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