Prescription drugs such as opioids are used to treat pain. They are often called narcotics and
include morphine and codeine. There are many drugs in the opioids category; you may
recognize such names as OxyContin, Darvon, Vicodin, Dilaudid, Demerol which are
all prescription drugs used to treat pain.
People often become dependent on these drugs after receiving a prescription after an accident
or surgery to treat pain. The cycle begins with taking the pills as needed as prescribed by the
doctor but use of the opioids can go beyond the original purpose as the user begins to seek
the pleasurable “high” that accompanies taking the drug.
It is this feeling of euphoria that is so desired by the mind and body that creates the strong
connection between taking the pills and feeling good. Certainly wanting to feel good is
understandable but the catch is that dependency on prescription drugs increases and the users
life can turn into a mess. The exact same can be said for prescription drugs for central nervous
system depressants. Such drugs are used to treat anxiety and sleeping disorders. There is a
sub-category between benzodiazepines and barbiturates, which is important when it comes
Barbiturates include Mebaral and Nembutal and can have life threatening withdrawal symptoms
when the drug is stopped and should be done only with a doctor’s supervision.Benzodiazepines
include Valium, Librium, Xanax, Halcion, ProSom and are also addictive and often need the
intervention of professionals in order to reverse dependency.
Dependency on central nervous system depressants results from a strong physical and
psychological tolerance for the drug. Often a psychiatrist or medical doctor will prescribe one
of the above listed prescription drugs for depression, anxiety or sleeping disorders and will not
track the increased usage of the patient. Soon the patient finds him or herself taking well
beyond the originally prescribed amount.Prescription drugs also include stimulants such as
Dexedrine and Ritalin. These prescription drugs directly stimulate the brains pleasure centers
and are also on the list of drugs that can be abused.
Pain medication is prescribed to deal with pain from accidents, post-surgery pain and
management of chronic pain due to illness or other conditions where doctors feel pain
medication is necessary. Pain medication can be a blessing to those who use it as prescribed
and a curse for those who develop a dependency on it. Prescribed pain medication is a narcotic
very similar to heroin and includes the brands OxyContin, Darvon, Vicodin, Dilaudid, Demerol
and Lomotil. Pain medication works in the body byaltering the brain’s pain receptors and
blocking pain messages. The feeling is very pleasurable and pain medication can seem like the
solution at first…until it becomes the problem. Of course there are many harmful behaviors
associated with this kind of usage. “Doctor Shopping” is the act of going to 2 or more doctors in
order to obtain additional prescriptions. This deceptive behavior continues by going to different
pharmacies in different areas in order to have the pain medication prescription filled without
anyone noticing the duplication. Some people live with the threat of legal trouble by stealing
prescription pads and forging prescriptions. Others might turn to street drugs or
purchases in foreign countries to supply their habit.
GIVING HEROIN TO BABIES
A startling trend which has been going on since medication was first used in society is that
of systematically introducing drugs to children. Stopayn is a widely used “safe” syrup given
to babies suffering from teething pain, colic, gastro, sleeping problems etc. One of the prime
active ingredients in this medication is codeine which is a synthetic form and family of heroin.
People are, in effect, giving heroin to babies.
What compacts this problem into something bigger than what is apparent is that it seems
“normal” to parents to give ailing children medicine advertised to treat their symptoms.
What it doesn’t advertise is that this practise instills into children from a young age that it’s
“o.k.” to take a pill or a syrup to deal with any problems, physical or psycholgical. A true
recipe for addiction.