Doctors claim ignorance: Causing RX Drug Addiction
The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA) released reports showing opiate treatment admissions for drugs other thenheroin up 6% over the last decade. Oxycontin and other drugs like Hydrocodone increased from 1% up to 7% which included both outpatient and inpatient treatment programs. Prescription drugs like this increased 25% for all opiate treatment admissions in 2009.
The Dangers of RX Drug Addiction
Since its inception in 1996, drugs like OxyContin have accounted for hundreds of thousands of deaths throughout the country, yet today, doctors are now claiming to “not know” the addictive qualities of these drugs. The Director-at- large for American Academy of Pain Medicine, Lynn Webster identified addiction to prescription drugs started increasing about ten years ago, as “pain management” doctors began prescribing more of these killer drugs, seeing them as safe. In the report by USA today, Ms Webster claims doctors were naive in treating people suffering pain.
Countless times the addiction treatment counselors here at Addiction Watch speak to addicts and families who have told their doctors they were struggling with addiction, alcohol abuse and having problems yet the prescription still flowed. Many families we have had experience with had to threaten doctors with legal action before getting the prescriptions stopped. Now to have the top executive of the governing body basically claim ignorance seems wrong. These clinicians are those we trust to help us, and are profiting from our misfortune.
Kids and RX Drugs
Prescription drug addiction has yet to reach its peak. Over 7,000 kids try prescription drugs every day in the United States, and approximately 20% of these will become addicted. Adding to that are the number of heroin addicts borne out from prescription drug addiction. Many youth become addicted to prescription drugs and then move onto heroin as the drug is easier to obtain. States like Tennessee see this as a major threat, and Florida legislatures are taking drastic measures to curb the distribution of prescription drugs in Florida’s “pill mills”.
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Its up to us to know about RX drug addiction. Truthfully it’s up to the public to be aware of any substance they are ingesting, but if we are to place our trust in those that are supposed to know and care for our health, then they have a responsibility too. If you or a loved one is struggling with addictions contact us today at addictionwatch.com to speak with one of our qualified addiction treatment counselors.