A Look at Pill Addiction

Unfortunately pill addiction is becoming more and more predominate in today’s society. There are many complexities that are contributing to this uprising and concern today and both the why and how can it be prevented. According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health in 2009, approximately 16 million Americans age 12 and older used a prescription for non-medical purposes at least once in the year prior to being surveyed, that prescription being either an opioid, stimulant, sedative, or analytic. We will review the why’s and how’s but before we go there, let’s get an understanding of what pill addiction is and the full extent of the problem on our hands.

When it comes to pill addictions, they are broken down into three categories: 1) Opioids (used to Get Xanax Online treat pain symptoms); 2) Sedatives / Anxiolytics (used to treat anxiety and sleep disturbances); and 3) Stimulants (often used to treat attention difficulties). Now often times these symptoms may be legitimate thus stimulating a patient to speak to their physician who therefore begins to treat the reported symptoms Buy Xanax Online with appropriate medications. The problem with this is that so many of these medications have a high abuse potential meaning that the medication if not used exactly as prescribed can be easily abused to get a desired effect/mood. Now add into the mix a patient with addictive tendencies and we have a serious problem on our hands. Medications like Vicodin, OxyContin, Ambien, Valium, Xanax, Adderall, and Ritalin are just a few of these abused medications. Changing the way these medications are ingested, using more than prescribed, and mixing with other substances are just three ways to abuse these pills. It should be noted that in no way are physicians to blame for this epidemic – rather they are just a means for an addict to obtain their pills. Physicians are one of many ways we see pill addicts getting these medications. Other ways include buying them on the street, taking someone else’s, stealing, etc. Let’s use opioids for an example.

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