When are they going to start prosecuting physicians for continuously prescribing and refilling opioids? Conventional rules of medicine dictate that if a person is in need of opioid pain management for more than 14 days, the plan of care needs to be reassessed. Physicians regularly prescribe enormous amounts of opioids for minor injuries and approve refills without follow-up visits. I was offered Percocet to ease the pain of my sore throat. I was appalled.
As a democrat and a health care professional, I can say that I am sick of hearing that local and state governments need to fund "The Fight Against Opioid Addiction". How about re-building the mental health care system so potential opioid addicts get the proper help they need before they spiral out of control and turn to opioids to "turn the pain off". I promise you this... No one is crushing and snorting handfuls of oxycodone to alleviate their knee pain.
If you think someone you love is struggling with a heroin addiction, you don’t have to let that person suffer alone. There are many treatment options available for heroin addiction, including both inpatient and outpatient programs, and these can provide real and lasting relief. The addict just needs to be shown the way to access these programs. Families of addicts can help the healing start by holding an intervention . Here, the family confronts the addict directly with proof of the heroin use. The family outlines why the addiction is harmful, and then asks the addict to get treatment to help stop the addictive behavior. These are scheduled talks, run by a qualified interventionist, and they can make a real difference in the life of an addict.
In very small amounts, alcohol can help a person feel more relaxed or less anxious. More alcohol causes greater changes in the brain, resulting in intoxication . People who have overused alcohol may stagger, lose their coordination, and slur their speech. They will probably be confused and disoriented. Depending on the person, intoxication can make someone very friendly and talkative or very aggressive and angry. Reaction times are slowed dramatically — which is why people are told not to drink and drive. People who are intoxicated may think they're moving properly when they're not. They may act totally out of character.