Is the Prescription Pain Pill Epidemic The Real Reason for the Heroin Epidemic?
Many say the heroin epidemic is a result of the prescription pain killer epidemic, but I feel this isn’t the whole truth. In a world where you see pharmaceutical
commercials every five minutes on TV, this couldn’t be further from the truth.This may educate you as to what the real reason is and the solution to the problem. This may make some mothers of addicts upset, but this is based on FACT and experience.
I was an 80’s baby, born to a good family and of reasonable financial means. Growing up I felt like as if I was different from normal children and by age 11 I was seeing a psychiatrist once a month. At first I was classified as ADD or ADHD (Attention Deficit Disorder with Hyperactivity). The doctor proceeded to prescribe me Ritalin then Adderall because that drug was better and less addictive than Ritalin. This was actually stated to my parents while in the psychiatrists’ office. Ritalin and Adderall are made of components they use to make Meth Amphetamine. Amphetamine salts are the primary ingredient of Adderall and Ritalin.
Here we are as a country 30 years later and we have several people heavily addicted to crystal meth, “Go Figure”. This is only the tip of the ice burg though…
The beginning of dependance upon pharmaceuticals
Many parents didn’t know what to do when the new born batches of Indigo Children started doing what they were born to do. Many people fear what they don’t understand. So parents decided to take their children to psychiatrist’s and they were diagnosed all types of things, like ADD, ADHD, Depression, Bi-Polar, Emotionally Disturbed and the list can go on and on. Psychiatrists prescribed all types of things for these issues and the era of 80’s baby’s zombified on their meds begun. This era in our lives created a dependence on pharmaceuticals to solve our problem. Our primary role models co-signed the whole thing so we as children believed this was the only option.
Here we are 20-25 years later and we start to hear about a drug called Roxy and Oxycodone that make you feel so great. Of course we were going to try it after being told it made us feel better. We were bred to believe it. In fact, we were trained to try different substances based on the effect it had on us.
Many children or teenagers were prescribed drugs like these at young enough ages where they didn’t try illicit drugs yet. So picture sitting in a psychiatrist office and the parents are saying, “I don’t see a difference in him” then he ups the dosage or try’s a new prescription.
It’s my opinion we were bred for addiction and the parents had no clue. Meanwhile when the young teenager picks up his or hers first illicit drug like Marijuana or Alcohol and start acting out it’s a big surprise?
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Please note that the information provided in this article is this writers opinion and personal experience. Here’s a fact…
More than 50,000 Americans died from drug overdoses last year, the most ever.
The disastrous tally has been pushed to new heights by soaring abuse of heroin and prescription painkillers, a class of drugs known as opioids. https://www.statnews.com/2016/12/09/opoid-overdose-deaths-us/
Prescription Pain Pill Epidemic Leading to the Heroin Epidemic 2003-2010
Fast forward, its 2005 the prescription pain pill epidemic is at an all-time high and admissions to local drug treatment centers for drug addiction is rising. All of the parents of these once young children demanded there be something done about it. So the FBI, the FDA and DEA crack down hard! I can’t tell you how many doctors I have seen are federally prosecuted for distributing these pain pills that reaped the havoc of addiction in so many people’s lives.
2010 The Crack Down on the Pill Mills and Pain Clinics…
Suddenly your doctor kicks you out of their office or it gets shut down by the FBI or local law enforcement. You are heavily addicted to a substance that rivals heroin or morphine. You’re faced with the dilemma of seeking treatment for addiction or finding an alternative. For many that alternative was heroin, because it’s cheaper and more readily accessible which led to the heroin epidemic. The addict is so used to the ease and comfort opiates produce in their body chemically, it’s no wonder they choose the alternative. The only other option the opiate addict has is to withdrawal from the pain killer which is like the worst FLU you’ve ever had.
2013-2016 Facebook RIP Posts and Overdose Deaths are on the rise…
The supply and demand of heroin skyrockets with no end in sight. On one post on Facebook you’ll see “Gone too soon” or “You were a great guy”. It’s devastating to see a mother cry over a pine box. It’s even more devastating when a person gives up hope of recovery from heroin addiction. Many parents will tell you that they went to several treatment centers and none of them worked. However, what they don’t understand is that this is a spiritual dis-ease.
All humans are born with a universal trinity of mind, body, and spirit. Once one is out-of-whack the others will follow putting us into what we like to call “Dis-Ease”. We search for external solutions only to find none of them suffice. The solution comes from within and in order to get there we must work on our emotional barometers first.(Click link for more)
Finally, an end to the addiction madness…
When I was first introduced to Roxycodone and opiate painkiller I wasn’t told what it could do. However I tried it for a few days in a row and decided I didn’t like how it made me feel. After three days I felt like I had the FLU and told my friend who introduced me to the drug. He said,” Dude! You don’t have the FLU you’re Dope Sick”. Me, “What do you mean? I don’t do Dope…” He replied,” These are pharmaceutical dope take one and you’ll feel better”
Thus my journey of recovery began…
Look, I will level with you…
If you are struggling with opiate or heroin addiction there is a solution. You can recover and turn your life around. You don’t have to live this way for the rest of your life. It’s imperative that you seek help as soon as possible. With hundreds of overdose deaths in Ohio in one weekend and thousands over the last few years, it’s time to surrender. It’s time to ask for help and keep asking until you do recover. We are all spiritual beings living a human experience, let’s get started on fixing the spirit and I have faith that the rest will follow.