Recent studies indicate that there is a connection between adolescents with mental health disorders and long-term opioid use.
The two categories used in the study were adolescents with a chronic pain condition and mental health problems compared to adolescents with just a chronic pain condition.
The study found that the adolescents that had the mental health issues were 2.4 times as likely to become long-term opioid users as their counterpart with no mental health problems. This proves that those who start taking drugs for whatever reason often end up on drugs permanently.
Connections To The Current Epidemic Of Painkiller Abuse
The above findings could also point to a possible cause or at least a factor in the ever-increasing epidemic of painkiller abuse throughout this country.
Recent studies show that 20% or 1 in 5 high school students have taken prescription drugs, such as Oxycontin, Vicodin, Adderall, without a prescription. Vicodin and Oxycontin have been particularly popular, with a recent report stating that amongst 12th graders, 10% had used Vicodin and 5.5% had used Oxycontin in the previous year. Both drugs are now more popular among high school seniors than both Ecstasy and cocaine.
None of this takes into consideration mental health problems or any kind of mental stress the child is facing, but it becomes obvious that this could be a factor when considering the result someone is trying to obtain by using painkillers; they are trying to relieve not only physical pain but in some cases mental anguish as well.
The dangers in this being that the teens that have some sort of mental health problem or are dealing with mental pain in some facet of their life may have a greater tendency to become dependent on the painkillers.
These drugs seemly the only solution to fix these problems, or turning to some of the prescribed psychotropic drugs which in many cases can have similar dependency results.
What Are Some Other Options
While it has been found that adolescents with mental health disorders at risk of long-term opioid use the one option we know does not work are drugs. All a drug does is mask the problem temporarily, only to have the problem come crashing back later on.
According to the drug Narconon program one of the reasons that opioids are so hard to come off is due to the fact that they are a synthetic drug produced in a lab and as is the case with anything, the further removed from nature, the harder the substance is for the body to handle. Drugs such as heroin and cocaine, as bad as they are, at least are not very far removed from a plant state, heroin being from the poppy plant and cocaine being from coca leaves.
When you have a wholly synthetic drug, like many of the opioid pain killers are, it can be very difficult to come off of them and carry a variety of side effects or withdrawal effects. Some of the most common are flu like symptoms including vomiting, diarrhea, chills, muscle pain and insomnia. In addition to this one can feel severe depression, anxiety and mood swings.
If you know of someone that is abusing painkillers and would like to get them effective help, call the drug Narconon program today.
The drug Narconon program achieves a 76% success rate for permanent sobriety and is a long-term residential program that lasts 4-6 months and could be longer depending on the individual needs of the person.