Prescription drug abuse tragedies impact many as epidemic continues

Advocates call for better education, legislation

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  • iron&clay RIVERTON, UT
    Aug. 22, 2012 4:58 p.m.

    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.

  • Truthseeker SLO, CA
    Aug. 16, 2012 12:33 p.m.

    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.

  • Nan BW ELder, CO
    Aug. 16, 2012 9:25 a.m.

    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.