According to a recent testimony by the American Society of Interventional Pain Physicians, Americans are consuming 80% of the painkillers produced in the world.
This equates to enough pain medication to give every single American 64 Percocets or Vicodin; with pain pill prescriptions continuing to increase, up 600% in the last decade.
This epidemic is affecting not only the addicts of the pain pills, but also the pharmacies dispensing the pain pills, with robberies of pharmacies increasing greatly in the last decade due to desperate addicts needing a fix and turning to robbery as the solution.
Another problem lies in the fact that these pain pills are legal when prescribed by a doctor. Leading to speculation that these very potent drugs are being over-prescribed by the medical community in general.
What Are Prescription Pain Pills
It can easily be overlooked that one is taking a potent drug when consuming prescription pain pills because they are legal. However, when the facts are really looked at, one can see easily how these drugs can become abused and create addiction.
First of all, pain pills such as Oxycontin and Percocet are categorized as Schedule II narcotics by the DEA; which essentially means they have a high potential to form addiction amongst users although there is some legitimate medical uses.
The problem is that when someone gets some of the drug into their system, it masks the pain instead of actually handling the source of the pain, and therefore someone can crave the painkiller again when the drug wears off. Based on a recent study, most people in the US who take pain pills illicitly were once prescribed them for a legitimate medicinal reason but later formed an addiction to the drug.
Below is a list of the more popular pain pills that are being abused, with some information on each:
• Codeine – like morphine, this is found in opium, is weaker in action than morphine, and is used especially as a painkiller.
• Fentanyl – a man-made opioid painkiller similar to morphine that is administered as a skin patch or orally.
• Morphine – the powerful, active ingredient of opium is used as a painkiller and sedative.
• Opium – from the opium poppy, formerly used in medicine to soothe pain but is now often replaced by derivative alkaloids (as morphine or codeine) or man-made substitutes (opioids).
• Hydrocodone – often combined with acetaminophen for use as a painkiller. Vicodin is a combination of hydrocodone and acetaminophen.
• Oxycodone – a narcotic painkiller, for example Oxycontin, Percocet, and Percodan.
The abuse of these pain pills by Americans accounts for over 14,800 deaths per year, more than cocaine and heroin – combined.
Solutions To Americans Consume 80 Percent Of The World’s Pain Pills
With prescription drug abuse hitting an all-time high across the US, trailing only marijuana in terms of abuse, there needs to be an effective drug-free rehab for these addicts.
The Narconon drug addiction rehabilitation program can achieve a 76% success rate for permanent sobriety. It is a long-term, drug-free residential program that lasts between 4-6 months and could be longer depending on the individual needs of the person.
“Many of the prescription pain pills used in America are at best Schedule II narcotics and are classified as highly addictive drugs. We are a non-drug, all natural program at Narconon with centers worldwide,” says a Narconon drug addiction representative.
If you know of someone suffering from pain pill addiction and would like to get them rehabilitation, call Narconon drug addiction help today.