Narconon views prescription drug abuse as a worldwide problem. This article is about a person in Canada who had a problem. Same problem- different country- same world. We keep reading about it, talking about it and writing about it. But are we doing anything effective?
There are two things that have to be done on a huge scale to make a dent. One is massive drug education to the masses. A worldwide campaign about the dangers of prescription drug abuse is in the order of what has to be done to effectively stop the future generation from being zombies. The second is huge availability of drug treatment. It has to be effective drug treatment and it has to be available to a lot of people.
Getting a big enough fix for the problem is hard to conceive of. Perhaps that is why we continue to talk about the problem, hoping that something will be done. Here is another article about the same problem:
Prescription pill addiction ruining lives
“Prescription pills ruled Steven’s life for four years.
A drug addict since his early 20s, Steven started popping Dexedrine and Ritalin — both stimulants — in 2005 after he ran out of money for cocaine.
Steven was crushing up to 30 pills a day and snorting them. With that came vomiting and tremors, and an uncontrollable compulsion to grind and gnash his teeth.
Still, he got pills any way he could — mostly through friends and acquaintances with prescriptions.
As his appetite grew, he turned to dealers on Toronto’s streets, paying up to $80 per pill.
At one point, Steven, who does not want his real name used, had a 9-mm handgun shoved in his face during a deal gone wrong.
The incident happened in his small apartment in the city’s Beach area.
That scare led him into detox in 2007 — albeit unsuccessfully. Soon he started popping painkillers — first Percodan, then OxyContin, the latter infamously known on the street as Hillbilly Heroin.
“It was all about maintaining the high,” said Steven, now 31. “You have to keep doing it, and doing it, and doing it to maintain the high. And the more you do, the more you have to have it … The more you need it.”
Dr. Jurgen Rehm, an addiction researcher with Toronto’s Centre for Addiction and Mental Health, said Steven is just one of the ever-increasing cases of Canadians who abuse prescription painkillers — also called opioids — sedatives and stimulants.”
Narconon continues to work to educate the public on this extreme problem.
Narconon drug rehab continues to be one of the most effective remedies for those who are already addicted.