Advocates call for better education, legislation
Sure parents have responsibility for their children that often isn't taken
seriously, and that is a big problem. Many physicians are also too eager to
prescribe drugs. However, I think the greedy pharmacy companies are the biggest
promoters of prescription drug use.
Prescription drug use is a significant problem--among all demographics of
society. I've seen it up close in my church calling. People do "Dr.
shop." The scenario is they complain of pain and do/do not have an actual
diagnosis of a condition which may cause pain. A Dr. may prescribe just a few
pain pills, but then the addict goes to a different Dr. complaining of pain.
Addicts will also visit the ER frequently. Some Drs. easily prescribe
narcotics. And the reality is, once the person is hooked, they can experience
real pain. When they don't get their pain medication the withdrawals cause
pain. When Jeff Conaway, an actor in the movie "Grease" died from
causes related to a pain medication addiction, an addiction specialist Dr.
stated, "pain medication increases the misery of pain." I know this is
true. I've seen people who were addicted but overcame their addiction
living a life with little or no pain. Narcotics are legal. Addicts can easily
justify/rationalize they are only taking drugs prescribed to them. There need to be more treatment programs, especially for people with few/no
economic resources. Really, our mental health system is a disaster.
A neighbor of ours while under an anti-depressant drug prescription went in for
foot surgery, he took the prescribed pain pills and later fatally shot
himself.There is not much difference between a legal, medical drug
pusher and sorcery.Sorcery is when an evil supernatural power can
take over a body when the spirit of that person loses control of their own body.