And parents please stop asking for it.
Seven percent of patients prescribed narcotic or opioid analgesics will become addicted.* Some statistics put it as high as 10%. Still others will abuse it or sell it. Do you want that to be your kid?
If you’ve never had an opiate, percocet, oxycodone or vicodin, you shouldn’t risk it either.
One pill can trigger an addiction
You may not be someone prone to addiction. You may have thrown up or gotten sick or had some other bad experience.
For those with a predisposition for addiction, the result can be quite different and often has the effect of unbelievable euphoria. Unfortunately, there is no way to know ahead of time.
The younger they are exposed to it, the less chance that child has of beating the addiction if he has the illness–which I repeat, you don’t know until they’ve had exposure to it. And once their brain logs that feeling, it’s out of your control.
So why take the chance at such a young age when their brains are still developing?
Oral surgeons are not evil. They are not solely responsible for this epidemic by any stretch and it’s a shared responsibility for all of us. But one way to stop hemorrhaging from this epidemic is to stop the flow of pain meds to our children and teens.
I had my wisdom teeth taken out as an adult. I managed with tylenol and ice. And that’s after I was 50 when it’s really supposed to hurt.
Don’t keep narcotics and opiates just for “insurance”
If they are teens, they are likely to sell it. Don’t think it won’t happen either.
The social pressure to sell leftover meds and the amazing price they get for it is in itself intoxicating. It’s that powerful feeling that kids that age crave.
See the conversation below that I got from my son’s Facebook page when he was 16 years old. One is for wisdom teeth meds specifically, the other is for ambien from mom’s prescription. (I had spyware on the computer back then.)
I’ve seen the text messages behind the scenes of high school kids trolling Facebook and twitter asking who is having wisdom teeth removal so they can buy the left over percocet, oxycodone or vicodin.
Once the oxy runs out, they find it’s too expensive a habit to keep up and they go to heroin. Because if they have addictive disorder, their bodies are telling them they must have it.
No one wakes up thinking they want to become a heroin addict. And no matter what you tell your young teen, they are not going to believe it will happen to them.
My child killed himself because of his depressive state and the fact he did not want to endure another withdrawal from opiate addiction.
So if your child is getting wisdom teeth removed, do not accept a prescription for vicoden, percocet or oxycodone.
The kids will often push back. They’ve heard it’s a good feeling and they want it. Stand your ground.
Please, tell the doctor that exposure to opiates, especially at a young age is very risky and you don’t want it. It’s a risk you don’t want to take.
They need to hear it from you!
Wisdom teeth pain is not deadly. Opiate addiction is.
My friend, Don, tweeted this post. A teen saw it and told his oral surgeon he didn’t want opiate painkillers after his wisdom teen removal
Conversations from Facebook between my son, Charles and a friend of his (before his addiction and death by suicide):
* The National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)