Originally posted by kramtronix
Jezebel, I respect your opinion and your long-winded posts, but you're still wrong. All of you who think there isn't massive divide between the two
types drug abusers are all wrong. And unless you find me a damn crackhead who maintains a life of wealth or even a NORMAL life, you'll never
convince me otherwise.
While your at it, come up with some case studies comparing the lives of those who are addicted to pain killers to the lives of those who are smoking
rocks, meth or shooting "H" into their arms.
They have as much in common as cigarettes do to coffee - Very, very little.
I hope that there aren't too many words here for you to read but since my personal experience with drug addicts of legal and illegal drugs isn't of
any value to such a wise and worldly person such as yourself, below are just a couple of statements from some people who TREAT and RESEARCH this very
problem. I don't expect you to rethink your stance, since you are obviously determined to believe that addiction to legal vs. illegal drugs is
different, but at least read the information below. I tried to make it as short-winded as possible.
(BTW, the reason my last post was so long was because I wanted you to understand that I was not talking out of my ass)
Without getting prescription drug information, some people might think prescription drug addiction is less serious than alcoholism or drug
addiction. Unfortunately, prescription drug addiction is just as much of a problem as abusing drugs or alcohol.
Like alcoholism and drug
addiction, prescription drug addiction is a disease that must be treated by a medical professional and a drug rehab center, where you can get more
prescription drug information.
When the body intakes a prescription drug, the brain stops making some of the chemicals it makes naturally, such as dopamine and endorphins, sending
incorrect prescription drug information to the brain. The brain then becomes dependent on the outside source of prescription drugs for the chemicals
it is no longer making. If the addict no longer takes prescription drugs, the dependent person goes into withdrawal because the body is no longer
receiving the outside source of the chemical it has grown to expect.
As prescription drug information will tell you, addicts can experience cravings for prescription drugs that are as strong as the need for food or
water. Prescription drug addiction can cause people to continue to take drugs, despite serious family, health or legal problems. Prescription drug
addiction can take over your whole life, causing the need for drugs to become overwhelming and undeniable. There might be times when even though you
know it is inappropriate, you still want and need to take prescription drugs
Prescription Drugs Side Effects: Opiods
Opioids, commonly prescribed to relieve pain, include morphine, codeine, OxyContin, Vicodin and Demerol
Taken as prescribed, opioids can be used to manage pain without untoward prescription drugs side effects. Long-term use also can lead to the
prescription drugs side effects of physical dependence and addiction; withdrawal symptoms may include restlessness, muscle and bone pain, insomnia,
diarrhea, vomiting, cold flashes and involuntary leg movements.
OxyContin abusers often chew the tablets or crush the tablets and snort the powder. Because oxycodone is water soluble, crushed tablets can be
dissolved in water and the solution injected. The latter two methods lead to the rapid release and absorption of oxycodone. The alcohol and drug
treatment staff at the Mountain Comprehensive Care Center, Prestonsburg, Kentucky, reports individuals who have never injected drugs are using
OxyContin intravenously and they have never seen a drug "proliferate like OxyContin has since May 2000.
" The staff at this center has over 90
cumulative years' experience conducting drug evaluations.
OxyContin and heroin have similar effects; therefore, both drugs are attractive to the same abuser population
. OxyContin is sometimes referred
to as "poor man's heroin," despite the high price it commands at the street level.