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Prescription drug abuse...from ground zero part 1
The underground world of prescription drugs
This article about the underground world of prescription drug abuse, that I don't think most people can morally fathom. I have unfortunately lived amid a sea of drug and alcohol abuse over the last decade, and here are some things that I have witnessed with my own eyes....
ADD/ADHD: The Argument
I've been in several debates about the subject of ADD/ADHD. Many people that I've spoken with have either been diagnosed with one of these diseases, or know of someone who has. As in the world itself, there are two sides to every story.
It's been said (by society, my friends, family, media, etc) that mental/medical health patients have been diagnosed and given prescriptions at an alarming rate over the last decade or so. We've all heard someone spout off that ADD/ADHD are made-up diseases and it's just an excuse for the medical community and pharmaceutical companies to rake in the dough hand over fist, while we self-medicate and negate the real issues.
ADHD and Ritalin:
I must say that for a long time I didn't believe that a well-educated doctor would intentionally prescribe a drug to a patient that truly didn't need it. I myself, only 3 years ago at age 30, was diagnosed with ADD (Attention Deficit Disorder), not to be confused with ADHD (Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder). The latter includes hyperactivity, such as total lack of concentration and what seems like constant activity and nervousness. My younger sister growing up, who is three years younger than I, was diagnosed with ADHD when she was around 6 years old. They immediately put her on a drug called Ritalin that curbed her hyperactivity immensely, but she certainly didn't act like herself while on the drug either. She lacked personality, wit, and humor most times. My mother decided to take her off the drug a few years later. My little sister has been relatively normal ever since...(lol...I had to add that to make her laugh). Granted, for a short period of time, the prescription did aid her in calming down and helped her to be more aware of what was going on around her, but my mother was aware enough to know that the Ritalin may have been doing more harm than good.
ADHD and Adderall:
What I've learned about the prescription drug Adderall, is pretty unbelievable. The drug was invented by scientists to aid in the correction of brain chemistry flaws, that ultimately lead to diseases like ADHD and ADD. Adderall is generally prescribed for patients with ADHD symptoms such as hyperactivity and lack of concentration. Unfortunately, for several years now, American doctors have been doling these drugs out like candy, with obviously no interest in saving human lives.
The scariest fact about Adderall is that it has many of the same characterisitcs as Methamphetamine. Both drugs give you excess energy, they make you sweaty, they may make you concentrate better but you're ignoring other issues, they cause heart fluctuations and palpatations, and they are both abused greatly! Why would the medical world, with all of their supposed knowledge, allow their patients to take a prescription drug that is nearly the exact mirror of a dangerous, illegal, street drug????
Prescription pain medicine such as Vicodin and sleep aids such as Seroquel:
Many of us have heard of the pain medications Vicodin or Oxycontin. These strong pain relievers have been the source of drug addiction for many years. Of course they were intended by scientists to aid in pain reduction for many serious ailments.
I could not even begin to tell you how many stories I've heard of people, young and old, being addicted to Vicodin and Oxycontin. These two drugs are very similar but also very different. Vicodin is a great pain killer with little to no side effects if your chemistry can handle them. And if taken properly. In most cases doctors prescribe one to two Vicodins at a time, every four hours. Oxycontin is nearly the same drug, except more hallucinogenic when taken in excess. But the addicts are taking up to 10 at a time. I've never done this myself, I am not a pill-popper, and I have a high tolerance. The patient on these drugs feels happy and bulletproof. They become easily addicted, and can run from doctor to doctor, creating ailments that warrant prescriptions for the drug. And if they can't get a doctor to give them something, they can just start searching the black market. They'll find it, and it isn't hard. There are drug dealers on nearly every corner, some of them you would never in a million years believe were addicts.
I have had trouble sleeping for years, in fact I'm in the process of going to visit a sleep clinic as we sleep. There have been many, many times that I've wished I could sleep better, don't we all?
Prescription drug addicts many times, have trouble sleeping as you can imagine. They're taking Adderall and other "uppers" so then they come to the realization that they do need to sleep to live. They begin taking sleep aids such as Ambien and Seroquel.
My neighbors (whom I describe below) have nearly every prescription drug you can think of. They actually steal from their sick mother, who needs the pills, to feed their own addictions.They, just like hundreds of other people that they sell these pills to, can simply go to the doctor, tell them that they're having sleeping problems, and get any sleep aid they want. I myself tried to ligitimately get a sleep aid and they sent me to the sleep center for testing. Now obviously myself and my neighbors are seeing different doctors, but this shows that there are crooked medical staff out there that feed these addicts, and obviously do not feel one ounce of regret.
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