The Drug Enforcement Administration
Vicodin, OxyContin and a host of other opioids and opiates are becoming not just the most common drugs of addiction, but they are gaining prominence as the new gateway drugs!
Some housewife, who never abused drugs in her life, gets a prescription for a powerful opiate like one of these and starts to like the way they feel. Maybe the pain from her cracked rib or broken finger has long subsided, but she finds that she likes them and begins to take one or two of them “when she feels down”, (which, strangely, seems to be occurring more frequently all the time).
Even if they do not become a problem for the person for whom the prescription was written, all those excess pills are almost always left in the medicine cabinet to possibly become a target for others in the household. This is called prescription drug diversion and is a huge problem.
The wide and nearly unchecked issuance of prescription pain drugs is opening new doors to abuse and addiction for an entirely new group of people.
The solution? Well, I haven’t the golden key, but I can tell you this, If a person has an injury, or a painful operation or whatever severe pain, the doctors should error on the side of dispensing too few pills rather that the huge bottles of 60 pills that normally go home with the patient.
It is so much easier to get a refill on a bottle of five pills than to spend years struggling with an problem that was meant to be a solution.
Patients should refuse these mammoth bottles of powerful and potentially dangerous analgesics in favor of, if really needed, a reasonable amount of prescription pain killers.