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Majority of Painkiller Abuse Starts with Friends and Family

May 07, 2012 By: Nadia Category: HealthCare, Medtipster, Prescription News Source:  Office of National Drug Control Policy, via The White House, 4/25/2012, White House Study Release

People who abuse painkillers get their start with pills they received (or took) from friends or relatives according to a study published by Office of National Drug Control Policy.

The ONDCP findings from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration’s NSDUH covered the periods 2009 and 2010. The study focused on the growing problem of addiction to prescription opiod (narcotic) drugs. These pills include oxycodone, hydrocodone and others.

Study findings

  • 71% of persons used pain relievers in some fashion from friends and family:
    • 55% of persons who used pain relievers non-medically obtained the pain relievers from a friend or relative for free
    • 11% bought them from a friend or relative, and
    • 5% got them from a friend or relative without asking
  • The more frequently prescription pain relievers are used, the more likely these pain relievers were obtained from doctors or purchased, rather than by getting them for free.
  • 17% were prescribed by one or more doctors, and
  • 9% were purchased from a friend, dealer, or the Internet.

The pattern was different for long-term abusers.

  • 41% got pills through friends or relatives, and
  • 26% through doctors.

Unexpected Abuse of OTC Medications

November 18, 2010 By: PharmaSueAnn Category: Medtipster

“Skittles” not to be mistaken for the sweet, fruit flavored candy, is one of the street names for dextromethorphan also known as “poor man’s PCP” .  Dextromethorphan can be found in many cough and cold medications and are being taken in higher than recommended doses.   High doses of cold products can be fatal.

“OTC Methadone”  people are taking high doses of Loperamide, an OTC drug used to treat diarrhea, is being used for opiate withdrawal.  This has the potential to cause CNS depression and intestinal blockage

June 11, 2010 By: Jason A. Klein Category: HealthCare, Medtipster, Prescription News, Prescription Savings

Sharing Not Always a Good Thing

June 02, 2009 By: PharmaSueAnn Category: Medicine Advice, Medtipster

As children our mothers taught us to share with others. Well not everything can be shared. I just read an article about people sharing Insulin and other medications – this is not a good way to share. Taking your medication every other day or once daily instead of twice a day or cutting tablets in half is dangerous. Please contact your doctor if you are having trouble obtaining your medications – many therapeutic alternatives are available, you just need to ask.

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