Of all places, i am sitting at my docs office when i casually pick up this magazine and start reading and somewhere a little bit after the middle, i read this title....Moms on Drugs: The Prescription Pill Epidemic
i thought seriously..... but as i read i was blown away. now the reason this article got my attention is because of 2 very simple reasons:
1. i am a mom
2. i take prescription drugs
it is about mothers and their addiction to prescription drug medications. i have to say, it was an eye opener. i did not realize the horrifying statistics of prescription abuse that was really happening. this article goes on to talk about how, (and this is taken straight from the article in this next quote)
now that is down right scary, right? these are people taking care of children. these are people we see in our local grocery stores, dropping their kids off at school, hell dropping our kids off at school, PTO leaders, pillars of our community. these people are me and that is scariest of all.The number of people who were admitted to treatment centers for narcotic-painkiller addiction increased a staggering 400 percent from 1998 to 2008, found a 2010 government study conducted by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, an agency in the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. The number of fatal overdoses involving these drugs more than tripled during a similar time period. No group is immune: The increase includes women and men of every race, education level, and geographic region, employed or unemployed.
this article goes on to discuss that people view these drugs as okay because they go to the doc, are written a script and go to a legal pharmacy to fill. but what makes me wonder all through out this article is this: if these women are scripted a pain medication month after month and year after year, isn't the physicians responsibility to do a "med check", check for levels in the blood or urine. it also talks about these women finding outside sources to find their medication. one woman was sent a letter from the DEA that if she did not stop doctor shopping, they were going to open a full investigation on her. luckily, that was enough to scare her straight. but the other woman.... and i have to quote this as i dont want to loose the impact of the articlei sat back and said WOW!Claire was ingesting a cocktail of 20 Percocet (a painkiller), two or three OxyContin, 15 to 20 Soma (a muscle relaxant), and ten Xanax four times a day. This was all while driving her kids, then ages 9, 6, and 1, around. "When I could tell I was high, I didn't drive them," she explains, "but most of the time I felt normal." Unable to get enough medication between visits to her doctor, she'd "find whoever I could think of who knew somebody who knew somebody who had extra," Claire says. She'd even give rides to an older woman who lived on her street in exchange for pain meds.
One day her body rebelled and Claire overdosed at home. Her husband found her and called an ambulance. When she woke up in the hospital -- with no memory of what she'd taken or how long she'd been unconscious -- doctors told her she'd swallowed enough drugs to kill three people. "I was taking ten to 20 times the recommended dosage of all the meds I was on," she says.
if you would like to read the full article here it is:
Moms on Drugs: The Prescription Pill Epidemic
for me this article hit home a bit. i don't abuse my medication, but i do use it. and that has been one of my biggest worries, is how my interaction with my son affects him. he sees when mommy is hurting and has to stay in bed all day, or mommy can't drive him to the park because i just took my medication and so on. the devil's advocate of all this is, if i do not take these scripts, i don't function at all, i have no alternative answer to turn too. there is no other way (right now) for me to function unless i take my scripts. until they find answers and a fix all to the medical issues i have, taking scripts is my answer.