Drugs and addiction tend to go hand in hand. Although not everyone who tries it will become addicted, many do and most of these will find it very difficult to stop using. Everywhere we look, there is information about it, some saying why is it bad for you, while others give people a reason to use.
Here are some facts about drugs and addiction:
- Substance abuse in the USA accounts for around $180 billion dollars each year. That is not counting the cost of alcohol or tobacco, just drugs usage.
- Children of addicts are 4 times more likely to become addicts than those whose parents are not users.
- Whilst one in ten people who drink will become hooked to alcohol, one or two uses of a drug such as Heroin can leave the user wanting more.
- Drug addicts who need cash for their next fix carry out 90% of muggings and thefts from property.
- Back in the 1890’s, when instances of Pneumonia and Tuberculosis were rife Heroin was marketed as a non-addictive cough suppressant.
- The term “Cold Turkey” is derived from the fact that detoxification can lead to the addict feeling cold and clammy.
- The term “kicking the habit” may come from the muscles spasms and jerky leg movements suffered by the person in detox.
- It is a disease, despite what many people think, and requires the correct treatment.
- Most people cannot just cut back or give up when they feel like it. The very nature of the substance dictates that in the way that repeated use changes the function and the structure of the brain. Only around 2% of individuals actually seek help.
- It is as easy to become addicted to prescription drugs as it is to illegal substances – and these are pills that are prescribed daily by doctors and members of the medical profession. Learn more about prescription drugs and addiction
- Around 50% of US College students have used drugs or been binge drinking – 25% are medically classified as addicts.
- Around 25% of all Americans will suffer with this problem sometime in their lives.
- 16% of the total population of America meet the medical requirements for being classed as an addict.
- Out of more than 2 million US prison inmates, more than 1.5 million meet the medical requirements for addiction.
- Of the above only 11% receive treatment for their addiction whilst being in prison.
- Women and girls take less time to become addicted to drugs, illegal or prescription, and with less usage than males.
- Teenagers that start drinking before the age of 15 are more likely to move on to drugs at some point.
- Around 85% of websites that advertise and sell controlled prescription drugs do not ask for a prescription, which just goes to show how easy it is to get hold of them.
- Addictions cannot be cured. The person can only be given help and support to cope with and manage this illness.
Credit to Hawaii Island Recovery.
This has been happening for quite awhile now. I’m happy to see that it is getting some attention. We are losing too many of our children to prescription drugs!
“Before his addiction, Richard Fee was a popular college class president and aspiring medical student. “You keep giving Adderall to my son, you’re going to kill him,” said Rick Fee, Richard’s father, to one of his son’s doctors.” Read the entire New York Times piece here.
How is that one of the worst drug problems in history flows straight out of our health care system?
TheFix.com reports, “It’s almost unthinkable that in an era preoccupied with ‘evidence-based’ medicine and ‘best practic’ advice, one of the worst drug problems in the United States flows right out of our health care system. Unlike other major epidemics such as those connected to methamphetamine, crack cocaine or other illegal drugs, our prescription opioid problem is full of irony and agony, because it has been fueled, to a certain extent, by the actions of well-intended medical doctors. Physician-prescribed opioid medication misuse is multifactorial in its origins and has proved an equally complex puzzle for those who are working to find a solution.”
Prescription Drug abuse is a major problem on Maui and in the state of Hawaii. At Behavioral Health Hawaii we understand and treat prescription drug abuse. Call us at 808-234-9838 for a free 15 minute consultation.
Read the full TheFix.com article here.
Sadly, last week, the son of the Clipper’s owner was found dead in his Malibu home from what KTLA reported appeared to be a drug overdose.
It is important to remember that a relapse after a period of abstinence from opioid is very dangerous. The addict thinks they can use as much as they did prior to abstaining and they overdose. They think ‘I’ll just use this one time‘ and it becomes the last time…
God Bless his family and all the families that lose their children to this horrible disease. Learning the difference between enabling and helping your adult child is very important. I can help.
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KHON 2 reported last year that prescription drug abuse and addiction was on the rise in Hawaii. I think that the numbers in this report from 2011 are low, however there is no current statistical data available. I believe when new data is available we will see this number considerably higher. Nowadays, most of the calls I am receiving are from the loved ones of individuals addicted to Oxycontin, Oxycodone, and other opiod type drugs. This is a serious issue. Unlike Ice/Crystal Meth this drug has horrible withdrawal symptoms that should be medically monitored, and as I said before accidental overdose of these drugs have now surpassed traffic fatalities as the number one cause of accidental death.
Addiction can happen to anyone. This is a story about two young men who became addicted to prescription drugs. Prescription drug overdose has surpassed traffic fatalities as the number one cause of accidental deaths.