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How can you prevent your child or loved one from becoming addicted?

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These are the things WE can do our community to curb this plague of drug addiction which was started with the prescribing of opiate medication and our medicine cabinets. If we all follow some best practices, we can curb this epidemic and save our children and other loved ones that could fall victim to this epidemic.

Surgeon General Letter & Guidelines

The Surgeon General in August 2016, sent all prescribing physicians a letter to not use opioids as their first line of pain relief.

First, let’s establish the top addictive and abused medications, opiates and benzodiazepines (often referred to as benzos)

What are opiates?

Sometimes called narcotics, some of the brand name opioids are:

  • Vicodin (acetaminophen and hydrocodone),
  • Percocet (Oxycodone and Acetaminophen)
  • OxyContin (oxycodone)
  • Morphine, Dolophine (Methadone)
  • Suboxone (buprenorphine and naloxone)‎
  • Dilaudid (Hydromorphone Hydrochloride)
  • Codeine cough syrup
  • Ultram (Tramadol – Also used for canines)

What are benzodiazepines?

Used to treat anxiety and sleep problems:

  • Xanax (Alprazolam)
  • Valium (diazepam)
  • Klonopin (Clonazepam)
  • Librium (chlordiazepoxide)
  • Ativan (lorazepam)
  • Restoril (temazepam)

What are stimulants?

These are often prescribed. However, if you have other siblings and teens in the house, they can be swiped.

Used to treat ADHD and narcolepsy:

  • Adderall,Dexedrine, ProCentra, Dextrostat, Dexedrine or Zenzedi  (Amphetamine/ Dextroamphetamine) Prescribed for your child’s ADHD but you need to make sure it’s not “skimmed” by other kids that come into your home
  • Ritalin and Concerta (Methylphenidate)
  • Metadate CD (methylphenidate hydrochloride)
  • Focalin (Dexmethylphenidate)
  • Desoxyn (Methamphetamine)
  • Vyvanse (Lisdexamfetamine)

Surgery can create 7 million new addicts per day in the US

According to a national survey, one in ten patients admit they’ve become addicted to or dependent on opioids after being exposed to these powerful medications following an operation.

  • Many addictions start with leftover meds in medicine cabinets or stimulants left in a convenient spot for a sibling
  • Another starting point is when opiate and narcotic prescription medications are prescribed in bulk for wisdom teeth removal and after surgery
  • Many athletes succumb to addiction after receiving opiates for pain following a surgery for an athletic injury

Teens leaving dental surgery are besieged with requests for their leftover medication. I have the proof here. One pill can trigger addiction. Why take the chance of losing your child to this opiate epidemic?

With 70 million surgical patients in the U.S. receiving an opioid annually, these findings suggest that as many as 7 million patients could develop an opioid addiction or dependency this year after surgery. These findings indicate that even prescribing these drugs for short-term post-surgical pain can put patients at serious risk.

Post Surgical Addiction Rates

  • 10% addiction rates for adults
  • Among younger people 18-29, the incidence is 15-18 percent*;
  • For those living in the western region of the U.S., it soars to 18 percent.*

With over 300 overdoses per day, that doesn’t include all opiate-related death such as car accidents, bacterial infection from needles or suicide.

One pill can trigger an addiction in those predisposed

Charles, my son that died by suicide while going through withdrawal, got his first opiate at the hospital when he cracked his skull.

Prior to that, opiates did not show up on any of the drug tests he took. Afterwards, they did. One pill. It might not for you but to an addict, it is an entirely different feeling.

Where do people get prescription meds?

  1. Your medicine cabinets, your mom’s your neighbor’s cabinet
  2. Your handbag, glove boxes, kitchen cabinet (popular for canine meds and stimulants for other children in the house)
  3. Friend calls you and says she twisted her ankle and is in Pain. Do you have any leftover medicine?
  4. From aging parents who suffer from pain or are in hospice care
  5. Doctors: Primary care, orthopedic surgeons, oral surgeons, OB after baby etc.
  6. On the street, at school, delivered to your driveway, on street corners in your neighborhood, through the mail from the internet (deep internet)
  7. If they steal from your prescription, they take just a few so you won’t notice

What can we do? Lock it up!

Lock up meds including ones for the dog and stimulants for other children!  Kids get hooked by finding medications in OUR cabinets. Not the drug dealers. They also sell them. Peer pressure is tremendous.

  • Buy a safe – I ended up buying one off the internet for $250 (There are safes for less but ones with a key tend to get broken into.)
  • Alternative is a Gun box – This one recommended by a law enforcement professional. $118
  • Lock up stimulants for younger children as well as medicines used for the dog. Even if your teen doesn’t use them, their friends might and there is peer pressure to sell
  • Open to other suggestions for locking up medicines

What can we do? Dispose of them!

  1. Get rid of them! Safely dispose of medications
    a. Drug disposal buy backs – Bremo Pharmacy on Staples Mill here in Richmond, VA
    c. Richmond Police stations all have a kiosk to disposed of old medicines
    e. FYI- Fentanyl patches can be deadly to pets and young children! Use safe disposal protocols

What can we do? Be proactive

  1.  Ask your pharmacist if they use Prescription Monitoring Program (PMP- The link is for Virginia but all states have them)?
  2. Tell your doctor you don’t want them to prescribe large quantities or prescribe them to anyone under 21 especially.
  3. Tell your doctor WHY. One pill can trigger a LIFETIME addiction which is a life-threatening illness
  4. Handy tool: Who is prescribing the most pain meds in your area? Look it up.

Talk to your doctors! Plan ahead for surgery pain!

Tell your doctor you don’t want opiates or benzos prescribed and discuss alternatives. Have the conversation BEFORE surgery. This also applies to dental surgery and wisdom teeth removal

  • Go to Planning against pain before surgery
  • Tell your doctor NO for opiates (often called narcotics) for your kids especially. Under 25 as they have a 15-18% chance of opiate addiction
  • Alternatives are: (Please discuss with your doctor. You might have certain conditions that don’t allow for an NSAIDs.)

Some prescription alternatives

For dental or surgery pain, these have been suggested. Talk to your doctor and try PlanAgainstPain.com for planning for surgery pain without opiates.

  • Spritz. Nasal spray – NSAID
  • Etodolac Pills – NSAID
  • Non narcotic muscle relaxer – Flexeril (cyclobenzaprine-there are warnings with Flexeril for long time use and abuse potential and it is not a benzodiazepine)

Natural alternatives

Physical therapy, acupuncture
Arnica – Like everything else, check with your doctor and try a little first. It might not agree with you.
Ice! With orthopedic surgery not involving a cast, this helps tremendously. Insurance will usually pay for a

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What can we do to prevent new addictions? A lot more than we are doing.

According to the CDC, “Opioid prescribing continues to fuel the epidemic. Today, at least half of all U.S. opioid overdose deaths involve a prescription opioid. In 2014, more than 14,000 people died from overdoses involving prescription opioids.”

Those numbers do not even include benzodiazepines and other drugs.

So who is responsible? Pharmaceutical companies, parents, patients, doctors, nurses, oral surgeons, drug dealers, judicial system, politicians and even dentists. And more.

We all like to blame the evil drug dealers. But many of those drug dealers suffer substance abuse disorder, too. In truth, we all need to take responsibility.

If ordinary citizens were more proactive in following some basic practices, we could cut down on the number of new addictions that occur daily by a substantial amount.

The US has earmarked some 2 billion for the Zika virus. One death so far.

We just recently dedicated only half that amount to this opiate epidemic which is taking over 300 a day from overdoses alone, not counting other addiction-related deaths such as accidents, opiate-related illnesses and suicides. Many areas don’t have to designate a death as an OD leaving many of those unreported.

Time to talk about it and adopt new habits to curb this epidemic. We can make a difference if we make a collective effort to do so.

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Comments from the event

You can see all the comments when you click on the Facebook link but here are some of the highlights

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We had a good discussion last night. Xfinity was out in our neighborhood and lack of wifi had me scrambling. Some weren’t quite sure how to activate the sound. But we worked through that and lots of good info on the thread. Apparently you have to double click the video for sound and sometimes there is a delay.

I’ll schedule one in another two weeks. Will choose a subject and give everyone time to prepare comments or questions for the group. And I’ll archive them on a page on this site for reference.

There were moms and dads of active addicts, kids in jail with possession charges, recovered addicts and those who lost children by suicide or overdose. There were those who suffer mental illness and parents with kids suffering from mental illness. I don’t think I’ve seen a mix this varied which meant we got a lot of information from many sides of the equation.

The video is posted below in case you want to see it: Like I said, it’s a lumpy start but everyone was very patient and I have an idea of what the format is now.

I was hoping for 20 and 275 logged in. So many of you shared your comments and wisdom and I am so grateful for that as well as your support.

Two people I know in recovery gave their side of things. Also very helpful and offered others so much hope. I am sure others in recovery were out there, too. Proud of you guys.

Glen Singer has spent his career at therapeutic boarding schools and has the benefit of observing behavior of hundreds of teens.

Moms like Laurie and Reid who who lost their sons to overdose tuned in to share. Despite their loss, they give back and continue to educate. It helps to hear about kids other than Charles to see similarities and differences. They had some amazing things to say which are on the comments. Let’s give a shout out to these moms in memory of their sons, Dawson Petit and Josh Kaski.

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