Bad News for Abusers of Prescription Drugs

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You are Not alone and There Is Hope

If this is hard to read, always remember you are not alone, and millions have gotten help.

The Bad News

The bad news is that there might not be another chance tomorrow. The prescription drug overdose epidemic has been quietly become our nation’s pressing health crisis. Your drug use (or that of your loved one) may not seem to have reached that level of emergency. However, the fact is that most of the bereaved relatives of those who have tragically lost their lives to an overdose “did not think it was that bad.”

…it’s a particular emergency if:

  • If the person is using opiate medications and has graduated to heroin use.

It’s very common for someone who has become dependent on narcotic painkillers to turn to heroin once the pills are too expensive or difficult to get.  If it seems unfathomable to imagine your son or daughter graduating to this level of desperation, keep in mind that they also probably never imagined in a million years that they would progress to that level either. The discomfort of withdrawal is extreme and the relief granted by another fix can be too tempting to resist no matter how

  • If the person is abusing alcohol in addition to the medication (or  abusing multiple medications)

The risk of overdose multiplies when multiple substances are in use (also known as “polysubstance abuse”).  The multiple substances can have unpredictable effects on the person who ingested them, and can lead to heart stoppage, spasms, asphyxiation brain damage, paralysis, and more.

The Good News

The Good News is that now is a better time than ever to seek help, and millions of people just like you are living lives better than they had ever imagined possible because they sought professional help and followed the guidance of the counselors, doctors, and/or the recovery network they create.

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