Prescription Painkiller Abuse Surged In US Study Finds

Painkiller abuse – this seems to be one of the most discussed subjects in the overall arena of substance abuse. Yet the drugs are still consistently prescribed in the US and over the last decade have produced a full-fledged substance abuse epidemic.

The statistics are shocking:

•    The use of painkillers without a medical need increased 75% from 2002 to 2010, and most users were men, according to the first study looking into who is likely to abuse these types of drugs.

•    Americans consume 80 percent of the world’s supply of painkillers, which is more than 110 tons of pure opiates every year.

•    In 2010, physicians dispensed the equivalent of 69 tons of pure oxycodone and 42 tons of pure hydrocodone. That is enough to give 40 5-mg Percocets and 24 5-mg Vicodins to every man, woman and child in the United States.

•    19% of U.S. teenagers, roughly 4.5 million youths, reported having abused prescription painkillers such as Vicodin or OxyContin or stimulants such as Ritalin or Adderall to get high.

What Is Being Done To Fix The Painkiller Abuse Surge

If a company came out with a certain product, and this product caused damage to people that used it, they generally would have to take the product off the market and fix it so that it wasn’t doing any more harm.

That is what should be occurring with prescription painkiller drugs, and on the surface efforts have been made to curb the abuse of painkillers by the pharmaceutical companies. But let’s look beyond the veneer and see what the actual results are of the “handlings” to the painkiller abuse problem.

In response to the epidemic that these painkillers have created, drug companies have begun developing and selling other drugs that is used to wean the person off of the addiction to the painkiller. These drugs contain smaller dosages of the same chemical substances that are in addictive painkillers. One of the main drugs currently on the market is a drug called Methadone. The problem with this is they are trying to handle drug addiction by giving the person more drugs – and what’s happening is a replacement addiction to drugs such as Methadone. This drug now causes 30% of prescription painkiller deaths in this country, putting it second only behind painkillers containing oxycodone.

Methadone was once very restricted in use and could only be administered under the supervision of doctors to wean someone off of another painkiller. Doctors are now prescribing Methadone to treat chronic pain related problems, which has made the drug more widely available and has helped the drug make its way onto the black market.

Handing The Painkiller Epidemic

According to you can ask almost anyone in the rehab field and they will tell you that the toughest withdrawal of any drug is Methadone, it is extremely difficult to withdraw a person from Methadone naturally using vitamin and mineral therapy due to the enormous amount of pain the addict experiences in withdrawal. Many addicts require a medical wean down to bring them down to lower dosages before a natural withdraw is attempted.

For those who request a natural withdraw, the time taken is an average of about 10 days compared to 4 days for a heroin addict. At Narconon we have successfully rehabilitated people addicted to Methadone using natural vitamin and mineral therapy.

Statistically the drug rehab program can achieve 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.

If you know of someone who is suffering from addiction to painkillers, contact today.


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