Prescription Drug Rehab

Sports Drugs and Prescription Drug Rehab

There was a very small article presented by ESPN Dallas.com telling the story of Texas Ranger, Ron Washington's admitting to use of drugs. Mr. Washington, according to this article first admitted to using cocaine last season and then also said that he had used amphetamines and marijuana during his playing career.

Ron Washington got to keep his job despite the fact that he was caught in a random drug test last summer and tested positive for cocaine, and according to the article, Mr. Washington stated that he had made some mistakes but just wanted to get past it and move on. Mr. Washington also stated that there were many other baseball players that had used amphetamines.

Being in the business of fighting drug abuse and talking to many parents and individuals who are hooked on drugs and desperate to find treatment, it is slightly heartbreaking to read a story like that. Our sports celebrities are viewed by our children, youth and by ourselves as role models. One must wonder what effect it has on youth who see someone getting caught in a drug test, admit to other drug usage and then still maintain a high powered job within the sports industry. It may not be right to punish someone who has admitted to a mistake. However, if we want to keep our youth from experimenting with drugs, such admission and discovery should definitely have consequences.

Some youth can do like Mr. Washington and do drugs a few times and be done with it. Others get hooked almost the first time they try. Unfortunately those who get hooked are the weaker part of the population and those who already have problems that seem to disappear when they take the drugs. Drugs are always taken to get rid of some unwanted pain or emotion.

There are not enough treatment beds in Dallas and when someone does get addicted the road back to sobriety can be long, arduous and painful. It is not unusual to talk to people who have done 4 – 5 programs and still trying to get into another one. Many times the money available for treatment run out before the problem is taken care of and then the option becomes state funded treatment which often is hard to get and also unfortunately less effective.

I have heard it said that addiction only has 3 endings: sobriety, prison or death. The cost in emotions for the addict and their family and friends and cost in money for someone who gets addicted is of course very high.

It is my opinion that sports celebrities must stay clean of drugs as it can cost many lives for such celebrities to be found to be doing drugs. The youth obviously see them as successful and something to role model after. Let's not have it be drugs (even if it is just experimenting).

Prescription drugs are steadily becoming the primary drug abused in the United States and throughout the world.

There are many misconceptions of the abuse potential for powerful substances, such as oxycontin, because such substances can be obtained from your doctor and have actual use in the medical profession.

Sadly, there are those individuals who, from an accidential or not, require medication to address pain. Circumstance or poor heeling can lead to addiction to these drugs that simply require a signature from an MD.

Once that signature is no longer obtainable the true addiction reveals itself to the new addict in the form of cravings. The new addict will find a source of the drug to handle the new "problem" and committ theft or unneccessary expenditure to obtain the drug the addict will now need.

Sometimes the addict will use other drugs to satisfy the craving that is now in place and have an addiction to that drug with the real source of addiction stemming from the doctors prescription.

Data from the National Household Survey on Drug Abuse has indicated that the most dramatic increase in new users of prescription drugs for nonmedical purposes occurs in 12 to 17 year olds and 18 to 25 year olds.

In addition, 12 to 14 year olds are reported to take painkillers or stimulants as one of two primary drugs used.

It also appears that college students' nonmedical use of pain relievers such as oxycodone with aspirin (Percodan) and hydrocodone (Vicodin) is on the rise.

Studies suggest that women are more likely than men to be prescribed an abusable prescription drug, particularly narcotics and anti-anxiety drugs. In some cases 48 percent more likely.

Overall, men and women have roughly similar rates of nonmedical use of prescription drugs. An exception is found among 12- to 17-year-olds: In this age group, young women are more likely than young men to use psychotherapeutic drugs nonmedically.

In addition, research has shown that women and men who use prescription opioids are equally likely to become addicted. However, among women and men who use either a sedative, anti-anxiety drug, or hypnotic, women are almost two times more likely to become addicted.

Find out more at this government site: http://www.nlm.nih.gov/medlineplus/prescriptiondrugabuse.html

Please read their full account... it is typical of what is being pushed on all of us by the pharmaceutical companies and their lobbiest.

When Senior Airman Anthony Mena left his house, he always had a backpack full of psychiatrick medicaitons.

Whe he came back from his second deployment to Iraq complaining ofanxiety, back pain, nightmares, insomnia, his physicians diagnosed post- traumatic stress disorder and prescribed powerful cocktails of narcotics and psychiatric drug .

But his pain only worsened, as well as his depression. "I have almost given up hope," Mena told a physician in 2008, medical records show. "I should have died in Iraq."

Airman Mena died instead in his Albuquerque apartment, on July 21, 2009, five months after leaving the Air Force on a medical discharge. A toxicology report discovered 8 prescription medications in his blood, including 3 antidepressants, a sleeping pill and 2 narcotic painkillers.

Yet his death wasn't suicide, the medical examiner stated. What killed Mr. Mena was not an overdose of any one drug, but the interaction of many. Mena was 23 years of age.

After over 10 years of treating many thousands of wounded returning troops, the government's medical system is a warehouse of prescription drugs, that have proven to be deadly.

Some people estimate that well over 300,000 troops have returned from Iraq or Afghanistan with P.T.S.D., traumatic brain injury, depression, or some combination of those. The Government and the Pentagon have turned to pharmaceuticals to treat these complex problems, following the advertising of mainstream medicine. Due to this change in prescribing by the military, psychiatric drugs and narcotic painkiller have been used more widely across than in any previous war.

This action has caused a growing number of problems associated with this abuse, like drug dependency, suicide and fatal drug accidents and like in Mena case, from the interactions of drugs prescribed by his military physicians.

101 soldiers died from the toxic mixing of these drugs in a period from 2006 until 2009. Another 162 soldiers committed suicide in 2009 along!

You can read the full account of this article from the NY Times by Clicking HERE