I read an article today about prescription pain killer (narcotics) addiction, drug seeking, doctor shopping, pharmacy shopping, and how this is locally becoming a very serious and rapidly growing epidemic.
If you’re not familiar with any of these terms, I’ll give you a brief rundown. Doctor shopping usually means going to new doctors to score a prescription for pain killers while already having another doctor, somewhere else, also prescribing you pain killers.
Doctor shopping can also mean, you go through several doctors until you find one that prescribes narcotics, all willy-nilly for the slightest of aches and pains. You’ve hit the mother load if you end up finding several willy-nilly types.
If your doctor shopping is successful, you now have to pharmacy shop.
Using more than one pharmacy to fill the several different prescriptions you scored, keeps you from getting busted. I mean damn…If you hand the pharmacist 3 prescriptions from 3 different doctors, and they’re all for pain killers…yeah, you just wasted your day.
Drug seeking typically means you’ve either run out of pain killers, or you’re damn close to running out, and you have to get something RIGHT NOW before you go into withdrawals. You’ll do what you’ve gotta do to get them. Emergency rooms are known to be full of drug seekers with bullshit complaints of pain and/or injuries, hoping to get a dose, usually an injection, of pain killer. It’s a drug seeker’s lucky day if they get a dose while at the ER, then sent home with a prescription to fill, too!
Still with me?
As I was saying, I was reading the article about all of this today. Then, I decided to browse through the comments people submitted regarding this issue. It annoyed the shit out of me.
The majority of the comments were about how there needs to be a mandatory networking system of all doctors, and all pharmacies. This required networking is said to keep people from having more than he legally should.
Are you shittin’ me?!? All this does is keep pharmacies from being involved!
There were also a few comments saying “we” need to help these addicts! And, there needs to be more rehab centers. Getting these addicted people some help, will stop the doctor shopping, and yadda yadda. Okay, maybe so…
But, how did all of these addicts get their START? Seriously, I want to know. How the hell did this happen???
If you’re a recovering pain pill addict, or currently battling the disease of addiction, I want to hear about the very beginnings.
If you’ve never experienced pain pill addiction…. well, I’d like to hear your theories as to how you THINK pain pill addiction happens.
Part 2 of this blog is coming up…. it’s possible that I just might blow your mind.