The abuse of prescription medications, especially painkillers like oxycodone, has become a serious problem throughout the United States. The abuse of prescription drugs is second only to marijuana as the most prevalent illicit drug problem in the country. Since 2002, approximately 22 million individuals have begun to abuse these medications. Several factors contribute to this high rate of abuse including the over-prescribing of these medications by doctors, individuals selling unused medication, and a lack of education about the dangers of prescription drug addiction.
The state of Arizona had the sixth highest rate of prescription painkiller abuse in the United States in 2010 to 2011, according to a recent government report. Arizona officials have been fighting this problem with some success, but much more needs to be done before towns like Lake Havasu City can be free from prescription drug abuse.
Many people who abuse painkillers or other prescription medications believe that these drugs are safer than illicit drugs like cocaine or heroin. But like any drug, there are dangers to the misuse or abuse of prescription pain medications:
- Prescription painkillers can be very dangerous, even though prescribed by doctors.
- They can cause increased sensitivity to pain, drowsiness, chronic dry mouth, nausea, vomiting and skin irritation.
- Prescription painkillers are habit-forming just like illegal drugs and have effects similar to heroin.
- An overdose of prescription painkillers can cause a person to stop breathing, leading to death.
Choosing to get substance abuse assistance for yourself or a Lake Havasu City loved one could literally be a life-or-death decision. If you or someone you know needs help breaking a prescription drug addiction habit, call this number to learn more.
Harborlight Family Therapy
1951 Mesquite Ave # J
Lake Havasu City, AZ 86403-5746