Painkillers Continue to be A Huge Epidemic

January 26th, 2013 by Michael Tabor
This is shocking: since 2008, painkillers i.e. Vicodin and simply any drug that contains hydrocodone, etc. have taken the lives of more Americans than cocaine and heroin combined. Because, there probably isn’t a person in this country who hasn’t been given a prescription after an injury or surgery, my question was, basically how much does it take to O.D. on the stuff ??? I googled this, and of course, just like everything else, it depends on a multitude of variables such as size and weight of an individual, a person’s opiate tolerance (which varies), etc. but the rule of thumb is if you don’t take them to get high and ingest what the doctor prescribes, which is one pill (average is 5 mg. of hydrocodone which is the actual narcotic + it’s mixed with some Tylenol) every 6 hours you will not die from them. In fact, it’s hard to kill yourself with vicodin or Percocet (is a little stonger) because if you’re not an addict and already addicted to the painkillers, you will more than likely get sick and throw up before you reach the lethal amount.
So, rest assured, now we know who’s dying from the opiates – the drug addicts. One guy posted that he ingested in one day
15 pills / 7.5 mg  of vicodin + drank a fifth of Jack Daniels and didn’t even need to go to the hospital. PLEASE do not do this ! This is certainly enough to kill the average person. The other problem is these addicts are probably ingesting 10 to a dozen pills over a long period of time, and even if one doesn’t O.D., the drugs are taking a big toll on your liver; the actual narcotic (hydrocodone) damages your poor liver but the 500 m.g. of Tylenol (acetaminophen) which is included in each tab is even more deleterious to your liver. Just Imagine taking 10 aspirin or a dozen Tylenol everyday for a year.

So, What are we doing about it ? Well, this is certainly a step in the right direction – here are the FDA guidelines:
Physicians can no longer give any refills, a person who needs more, has to get a new script from the doctor.

A doctor cannot fax over the prescription to the pharmacy (unlike other drugs that are deemed as not a controlled substance)

Doctors can no longer just call it in.

Lastly, distributers are now required to store the opiates in special vaults.

The legislation sounds reasonable and should effectively curb fatalities, but of course because of the irresponsible actions of the drug addicts (listen, I’m not perfect and believe me I know about addiction issues), old people, frail people who are suffering from cancer, people in nursing homes, and people who live in rural areas are going to suffer the consequences.

So WhaDaYaThink ? What do you think ? Oh, keep in mind, the real heavy duty opiates such as Oxycontin, morphine (of course), Demerol, codeine, etc. already have these restrictions in place.
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2 Responses to “Painkillers Continue to be A Huge Epidemic”

  1. Michael Tabor Says:

    some publically posted comments from FB:

    Jayne Fells Buckley It is sad some of the elderly sell their pills for money for food because with insurance they are cheap and on the street it is $35 and up for a pill

    17 hours ago · Like..

    Karl Larson Street price for a Vic is 35 bucks really.. WOW..

    8 hours ago · Like..

    Michael Tabor Unreal – 35$ – what sucks is, it’s so damn easy to get addicted to vic. or perc. & the withdrawl is horrible …. speaking from experience, if the pain is tolerable, don’t take them.

    a few seconds ago · Like..

  2. Chip Says:

    You brought up an extremely relevant and sad point (which also shows the doctors ignorance), the elderly and people with severe and/or chronic pain will suffer. I have seen doctors not control the pain of patients with the excuse that anything else or anymore could cause addiction. Well excuse me, but they have cancer or some other fatal illness, do you really think addiction is something to worry about?????????????? There was actually a study done by an anesthesiologist/pain specialist, who said that most doctors don’t know how to control pain and that people with truly severe/chronic pain will need a higher dosages as time goes by. The body adapts to the drug requiring these drugs and higher dosages but the patient DOES NOT get high, the pain absorbs the drug. What makes one person (who is not ill) high is barely enough to make life bearable for a person who is suffering severe chronic pain.
    Too bad the addicts of the world who obtain their drugs illegally or on false pretenses have to make life so hard for the innocent people who are truly sick.

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