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Prescription drug abuse...from ground zero part 1

Updated on February 28, 2013

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:

Pain Meds:

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.

Sleep Aids:

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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      Connie Smith 8 years ago from Tampa Bay, Florida

      When I managed an assisted living facility, I begged the doctor to quit prescribing pain medication to one resident (who was passing out in her soup) over 4 months after her knee surgery. I finally had to threaten to report him to the authorities before he quit. Like every other profession, there are good and bad doctors. Without a central database (which I am not in favor of), the medicine shopping that goes on with some patients who just go from doctor to doctor is a trial for the good doctors. I am not sure what the solution is, but I do despise controlling children with medication and labelling them at a young age with ADD and the like.

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      MissJamieD 8 years ago from Minnes-O-ta

      ledefensetech--Thank the Lord for that. So many doctors today belong in the clink instead of a clinic. Thanks for reading hon. hugs

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      ledefensetech 8 years ago from Cape Girardeau, MO

      Things may be changing. We'll just have to see how things go with Michael Jackson's doctor. If he's found criminally liable for killing Jackson through the use of drugs, doctors will have to change their behavior, if only to keep themselves out of the courtroom.

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      MissJamieD 8 years ago from Minnes-O-ta

      James, I'm so sorry to hear about your son. These neighbors of mine have a menagerie of pills, a rainbow, at all times, It's extremely scary. We've had to basically barricade ourselves in our home to keep from running into these people all day. It's horrible. I feel horrible for your son. But the sad fact is that you have to let people hit their own rock bottom, you can't do it for them. I still have guilt for all the nights my family spent waiting up at night, wondering if we were all okay and alive. I have empathy for you James. I wish you the best and will pray for you and your son. Big hugs

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      James A Watkins 8 years ago from Chicago

      Excellent article! My son is hooked on painkillers right now and it has ruined his life.

      I do think Ritalin is way overprescribed to little boys to feminize their behavior. Thanks!

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      MissJamieD 8 years ago from Minnes-O-ta

      Le--this is always a hot topic. I hope things can be straightened out someday:)

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      ledefensetech 8 years ago from Cape Girardeau, MO

      Wow, I'd rather not get started on a rant so let me just say that ADHD is one of the more commonly "diagnosed" disorders out there. You can tell when working with someone if they are truly ADHD, I've dealt with quite a few in my time. It is criminal they way pill pushers masquerading as doctors rip people off. They scare you and they hook you. At least the illegal pushers are more honest about what they do.

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      MissJamieD 8 years ago from Minnes-O-ta

      jill--thank you hon. I think it's important to share these facts with the world. I cannot believe there are so many crooked doctors out there, feeding these peoples addictions. Thanks for reading. Hugs

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      jill of alltrades 8 years ago from Philippines

      Wow! It takes so much courage to write about ones addiction and the sad stories about it. Drugs can really destroy people. I am glad that you have overcome this.

      Thank you for sharing this very informative hub.

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      MissJamieD 8 years ago from Minnes-O-ta

      Borascal--I'm so sorry that you're dealing with the ADHD issues right now. Does the world or the government not realize that the simplest answer for this quandry is that just like everyone has a different nose and different toes, we also have different brains and learning styles. If schools would allow teachers to teach in more than one way, I agree whole-heartedly that many more students would be graduating and I'd even go as far as to say that they would have higher self-esteem and the overall result could be a better world. That's just me.

      Thanks for reading and I hope to work with you in the future:) I'm honored that you're even considering me to help. Thanks you:)

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      Borascal 8 years ago from

      MissJamieD, I thank you very much for this informative article. It struck on two levels for me as my son's mother is one of those parents who have allowed some medical/mental alleged professionals to assign a diagnosis of ADHD to our son when he seems to not have any such serious physiological problems or what have you. He has just been subject of much dysfunctional homefront environment just as she and myself had as kids. But alot of parents agree with these psychiatrists or whomaytheybe in order to receive government disability payments for their children. This is another very important issue in and of its self that I hope we get to research more about and write about. The other relative aspect of these issues you are writing about is the prescription drug addiction epidemic. I have a friend that grew up with me who is a script-addict and the experience of knowing these people and what goes on with them is as pathetic as you express to us. I feel you. These are some seriously disturbing things going on. Like you say, may we stay steadfast in the movements to make our world a better, safer, healthier place. By the way, that other site is up that we discussed so I am preparing the way for our contributing to its newsletter. Stay strong, and writing.


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      MissJamieD 8 years ago from Minnes-O-ta

      CabinGirl--Thank you so much sweetie, that means a lot to me. The ex and I are working hard at keeping ourselves clean and our family happy. We're happier than we've ever been:) He and I both hope to help others in their similar struggles in the future. Thanks again for reading. Hugs