The War on Prescription Pills
The War on Prescription Pills
With the amount of people nationwide and even worldwide that are addicted to prescription pain medications today, it’s safe to say that local and national governments are at war with the drugs. It has truly gotten to an epidemic level, especially with addictions to the popular pain medication OxyContin—which is actually being phased out of production because of it’s extremely addictive ingredients. Other drugs like Percocet, Codeine, Morphine, Hydrocodone and Vicodin have been irresponsibly distributed illegally by suppliers, pharmacies, physicians, and they’ve even made their way to the illegal drug market.
Both people who are prescribed these drugs and people who illegally obtain prescription pain medications are becoming extremely addicted and it’s causing local and federal governments to push for stricter laws, regulations, and discipline for those involved. There are illegal ‘pill mills’ that operate and supply the underground market with pills and there are people all across the country dying from abuse, misuse, and overdose with pain medications. For a few years the prescription drug problem wasn’t given the spotlight that it deserved, but thankfully now one of the top priorities of the DEA and government is to clean up the mess that prescription drugs have made.
To respond to the rapid number of people addicted to prescription pain pills there are a few medications now available that help recover from addiction, but the problem doesn’t just end there. It’s very important to stop the abuse as soon as possible, make sure the youths of today aren’t exposed to these drugs, and make sure people are educated about the possible side effects and the extreme addictive nature of the drugs. It’s unfortunately very common for people to become addicted to prescription painkillers today, but thankfully there’s excellent rehabilitation treatment available to battle these tough painkiller addictions. Individuals who abuse or are addicted to prescription medications can be treated. Initially, they may need to undergo medically supervised detoxification to help reduce withdrawal symptoms—however, that is just the first step. Options for effectively treating addiction to prescription pills are drawn from research on treating heroin addiction. Behavioral treatments combined with medications have proven effective. Finding the right treatment center can make all the difference for a patient because certain standard programs may not work. At Seabrook, patients can take comfort in knowing that we structure individually inspired detox and rehab programs in order to fit the needs of each unique patient. Seabrook has rehab facilities located in New Jersey (NJ) and Pennsylvania (PA) and also an outpatient office in New York (NY). If you or a loved one is abusing prescription medications then be sure to contact Seabrook immediately for the treatment to get on the road to recovery.