Following my husband's recent roll-over car accident, and in light of my experience in the Secret Society of an Alcoholic's Wife, I have been made very aware of how easily our current health care system has set it up for people to become so easily addicted to prescription pain killers.
I understand my husband is in some bodily pain. His trucked rolled. I get it. The emergency doctors gave him a prescription for 12 Percocet AND 30 muscle relaxers (Robaxin). 6 months ago, Rocky had his wisdom teeth pulled. He received a prescription for 50 Vicodin. Luckily he was so anesthetized that I was able to have the dentist rewrite the prescription for 25 - and even that was hard with a combative, doped up, recovered alcoholic patient listening in - AND attempting to argue with me with a mouth full of gauze.
Because Rocky is an addict, our story is a little bit different. Addicts see the world in a different light - in which the world revolves around them and their addiction. Even when the immediate threat of relapse isn't so pungent, addicts still breath in a routine toxicity of their own addictive perfume. Rocky has not yet fully realized that he can become addicted to anything - even caffeine. So imagine my horror when the Dentist prescribed him 50 Vicodin.
I'm almost of the belief that addiction should be placed in a person's medical file much as a heart murmur or type I diabetes is.
The bigger picture though is how easily it has been to get these high count prescriptions. There was NO mention of ice packs and ibuprofen with both the car accident AND teeth pulling.
And yet, I pumped 8-lbs of baby through my vagina TWICE - and somehow survived with several strategically placed ice packs and 800mg of Ibuprofen. I was offered 6 prescription Vicodin with my 1st delivery (which I never filled - because who really wants to go to the pharmacy 2 days after giving birth), and the 2nd delivery I just declined all offerings.
Here's some interesting facts from the National Institute of Drug Abuse:
- -In 2009, 16 million Americans age 12 and older had taken a prescription pain reliever, tranquilizer, stimulant, or sedative for non medical purposes at least once in the year prior to being surveyed.
- In two nationally representative surveys, about 2% of mothers with at-home children under the age of 18 reported symptoms meeting the clinical criteria for abuse of or dependence on illicit drugs or prescription drugs that are being misused.
- Of that 2%, 1.1% (the highest percentage of responders) reported their drug of choice to be PRESCRIPTION PAIN KILLERS.
What has been your experience with prescription pain killers? Do you think they are overly prescribed, or is there a 100% valid reason for their existence and use?
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