Illegal drug addiction is a common problem, and even those that are not directly affected by drugs and addiction will be aware of the damage it can do. However, one thing that many people are oblivious to is the fact that there are a number of prescription drugs that can also cause problems. For many years, those recovering from major surgery or affected by conditions such as chronic pain, depression, anxiety disorder and sleep disorders may have been prescribed strong medication to treat their illnesses. Nevertheless, when abused, some prescription medications can be highly addictive. This has led to many individuals suffering from conditions such as opioid or benzodiazepine addiction.
The news that pop legend Prince was dead shocked the world last week (21 April 2016). The star was found dead in his home Paisley Park at the age of fifty-seven. Police investigating the circumstances surrounding his death said that they had ruled out suicide and foul play, which led to many people to speculate that drugs were to blame.
TMZ reported that an incident just days before his death was an apparent overdose from prescription medication, despite official reports that the private plane he was travelling in had to make an emergency landing because the star was suffering from flu-like symptoms.
Many people now believe that Prince died from an overdose of prescription medication, and his former dealer has spoken out about the star’s secret addiction to opioid medication. Doctor D, who spoke exclusively to the Daily Mail Online, said he supplied Prince’s $80,000 a year habit between 1984 and 2008.
Doctor D said Prince bought both dilaudid pills and fentanyl, which are highly addictive. Nonetheless, sources are claiming that the star was also taking Percocet, prescribed by a doctor for a hip problem. Doctor D believes that doctors would not have been aware of the singer’s secret addiction, and the combination of drugs may have led to his death. He said, “The problem with Percocet is that it is an opiate mixed with Tylenol – but he would have been taking much more than the recommended dose because he had developed a tolerance to opiates over the years.”
There are rumours that Prince was given a ‘save shot’ after an apparent overdose last week, and Doctor D said that if this is the case, all traces of drugs would have been removed from his system, meaning he would have started to go through withdrawal. He added that if this were the case, Prince would have needed to take large quantities of drugs to feel ‘normal’ again, which could be what led to his death.
Percocet is a very strong painkiller containing oxycodone, which is highly addictive. It is known as hillbilly heroin and is commonly abused. Michael Jackson is also believed to have been taking Percocet before he died from an accidental overdose.
News of high profile figures such as Prince and Michael Jackson suffering from crippling addictions to prescription medication may have come as a shock to some people, but those who are affected will know all too well of the dangers of abusing these controlled drugs.
Strong medications are typically only prescribed for the short term, and provided they are used as advised, are generally safe to take. Unfortunately, many individuals take more than the recommended dose, which can be dangerous in terms of addiction. Prescription medications are typically prescribed when the benefits are perceived to outweigh the risks, but many people are naïve when it comes to medication prescribed by a doctor, assuming it to be safe and risk-free. This often leads to individuals struggling with illnesses such as opioid, amphetamine or benzodiazepine addiction.
Those who develop addictions to prescription medication are often unaware of the damage it can do until they are no longer able to source the medication from their GP. Some will go to extreme measures to get their hands on the drugs, often resorting to buying drugs online or even on the street. Those who have become addicted to opioid medication may begin abusing illegal drugs such as heroin to satisfy their need for the substance.
Sadly, this can lead to a host of devastating consequences including problems with relationships, loss of jobs, and financial struggles. As with any other addiction, an opiate or benzodiazepine addiction can lead to physical and mental health problems. It can have an impact on health and general well-being, and it can have far-reaching consequences, placing a burden on the National Health Service and, in extreme cases, on the criminal justice system.
Thankfully, help is available for those with addictions. If you or a person you love is suffering from any type of addiction, call us here today at UKAT for free advice and information on how to overcome this illness.
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