Prescription Drug Addiction

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What Is Prescription Drug Addiction?

Although the general population of adults takes prescription medications responsibly, in 2017, approximately 18M Americans (more than six out of every one hundred of these people are aged twelve and older) have mis appropriately used such medications a minimum of once in the past year.

According to results from the 2017 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, approximately two million Americans mis appropriately-used prescription pain relievers for at their initial introduction at regular intervals the past year, which averages to approximately 5,480 initiates per day.

Additionally, more than one million misused prescription stimulants, 1.5 million misused tranquilizers, and 271,000 misused sedatives for the first time. Teens generally acquire these prescriptions from family or friends. The number of fatal prescription drug poisonings has more than tripled since 2009.

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Top 11 Signs of Prescription Drug Addiction

  1. You seek out multiple doctors and pharmacists is almost a sure sign of addiction.
  2. You are using more medication than prescribed by your doctor. This can sometimes be a sign of inadequate pain relief. However, if you have got been stable on a prior basis with a dose of narcotics for pain and have been increasing the dose over time, this is often cause for concern.
  3. You miss or arrive late to school/work/family responsibilities to use or aquire pain medication.
  4. You move to dangerous areas, and become influenced by dangerous characters to get medication.
  5. Actively seeking narcotics in dangerous situations is usually a good sign of addiction.
  6. You pawn items in your home and use the money for pills-another almost sure sign of addiction.
  7. You allocate tremendous quantities of your time throughout the day seeking, obtaining, and fearful of running out of the narcotic.
  8. People close to you recognize your problematic use of these medications, and when you are confronted, it causes defensiveness and arguments.
  9. You use other people’s prescriptions, including your significant other’s medications. Individuals with addiction see very little to no downside with sharing pills with others.
  10. You use pills even once you self-determine there may be an abuse problem which is currently known to cause issues like falls, blackouts, car accidents.
  11. You have problems with other drugs, and If you have already have a chronic obsession to alcohol or different medication, you’re at nice risk of developing one with narcotics
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A life with prescription painkiller addiction is full of uncertainty, shame, and conflict, and the cost can be immense. The addict is constantly embarrassed about their addiction, they feel shame, and they regret their past decisions and actions. Many feel forced to lie and faux symptoms to friends, family, and doctors in order to get their hands on more medication. They feel they have disappointed loved ones. Some even embrace criminal activity like stealing or fabricating prescriptions or shopping for pills on the black market.

The uncertainty of whether they will get caught or not is taxing to the person’s psyche and many opiate addicts live in a state of anxiety about not having enough drugs or getting caught in their lies.