PRESCRIPTION DRUG ABUSE
It is widely agreed that opiates are being over-prescribed in the United States. Over 115 million opiate prescriptions are written to patients each year. Out of this number of prescriptions, over 50 percent are written for people who have a diagnosed mental health disorder.
Recently there has been pioneering research into the possibility of engineering a vaccine that helps the body identify heroin as something that shouldn’t be metabolized.
Thousands of Americans have already lost their lives to the health crisis caused by opiate addiction in this country. Between 2000 and 2015, over half a million people died from drug and alcohol abuse with the highest numbers coming from opiate abuse.
It’s early afternoon and withdrawals are beginning to kick in. I used the last of the drugs I had last night and all I can think of now is how to get more. I have no money and nothing left to sell. I am beyond desperate.
"I spent one year and three months on Suboxone, which then turned into me taking Xanax and planning days where I could do heroin by coming off it. When I quit taking it, I went into my fifth rehab to get off the Suboxone and heroin.…“
With Americans spending 14 billion out of pocket each year on holistic alternatives to pain medication, it is about time to bring up the subject as a viable option.
Why Are We Still Prescribing It? Xanax, or Alprazolam, is a powerful benzodiazepine commonly used for treating anxiety and panic disorders.