Lynn Foster Hileman
Lynn Foster Hileman

I get the abuse of rx and the od's. I don't want to die orhave anyone die from rx abuse. But...... I also believe that it has made it very hard for those really in pain and needing rx's not be able to ge the meds they need!

Angelina Fernandez
Angelina Fernandez
  • Lynn Foster Hileman

Yes, it HAS made it hard, and EXPENSIVE! You have to find a pharmacy (usually a mom and pop) that believes when you walk in there that you are a true patient with a legitimate need. If they don't like the way you look, or who your dr. is, or they vibe they get from you, they will straight lie to your face and say they don't carry those drugs when they have them right there in their safe. Sometimes it can take WEEKS to find your medications if you do not have an established relationship...

Yes, it HAS made it hard, and EXPENSIVE! You have to find a pharmacy (usually a mom and pop) that believes when you walk in there that you are a true patient with a legitimate need. If they don't like the way you look, or who your dr. is, or they vibe they get from you, they will straight lie to your face and say they don't carry those drugs when they have them right there in their safe. Sometimes it can take WEEKS to find your medications if you do not have an established relationship with a pharmacist in your area, and during that time while the patient is desperatly searching for his/her meds that USED TO BE easily obtained almost anywhere he/she is in excrutiating pain, and more often than not also suffering withdrawal symptoms identical to those that a herion addict goes through because they don't have their meds; and that makes you look like a junkie and makes ppl even less likely to sell to you! It's ALMOST enough to make the most honest, legitimate, law abiding person turn to street dealers as a temporary fix until they can get their precsriptions filled. (Notice I said ALMOST!) Also, add in the high cost of gas going from pharmacy to pharmacy to pharmacy, plus the time away from work, etc.etc.etc. I went to my current pharmacy 5 TIMES and got told they were out of stock, then the 6th time I came in with my husband helping me walk because I was having a bad day and the pharmacist changed her mind and starting selling to me because she said seeing me with my family, along with my age (40+) and my history (same doctor, same pharmacy for 5 yrs. until they stopped carrying my meds) made her see that I was a legitimate patient in pain, not a drug dealer or addict just trying to get scrips. Now she orders what I need and has them ready for me every month like clockwork on my dr day. However, if I were to tell a soul that I get scrips from her she has made it VERY clear that she will drop me like a bad habit because she doesn't want 50 zillion addicts beating down her door. (She calls them zombies-lol!) Also, my bill is just under 1,000 per month because I was not insured at the time of my accident and am now considered uninsurable (Our rebublican legistature and republican governor here in FL REFUSE to implement the Affordable Care Act aka "Obamacare") <insert sarcastic smirk here> Isn't partisan politics great? Also, plz see my initial comment. Not all od's are from abuse. I took my meds AS PRESCRIBED and still almost died of an o.d. in my first weeks home from the hospital after my accident before my body adjusted to the medication.

Sheila Rothwell
Sheila Rothwell

I know and understand all too well the effects of being addicted to prescribed drugs.

Pascale Treckels
Pascale Treckels
  • Sheila Rothwell

idem here, sheila.....

Dale Coston
Dale Coston

Has with many things these days just because it's prescribed or legal it can and will be abused by those who don't know or respect the dangers involved.I think it's a sign of a bigger problem we have as a nation.

Tracie Wilmoth Martin
Tracie Wilmoth Martin

This is so out of control. It's happening everywhere and to everyone. Our families, friends, and strangers. And once these people are hooked there is no help for them without insurance. Something needs to happen and happen soon!

Michelle DeLuca
Michelle DeLuca

In the past 45 days I've lost 2 cousins to drugs!

Michelle DeLuca
Michelle DeLuca

This is an EPIDEMIC & needs to be treated that way! Most of people in rehab today due to RX drug addiction -

Cherie Gibbs
Cherie Gibbs

What about those of us in Chronic Pain, what do I do , buy it off the street, I couldn't function, if it weren't for the Pain Killers, I would think twice, about living, please don't condemn , I hate the pain, I wait for the relief I get, I don't get high or feel euphoria, then I thought about Pot, so some of us , are in pain, we are not addicted for the high, we are dependent for the relief.

Margaret Alexander
Margaret Alexander

A CAUSE I FEEL VERY STRONG ABOUT. My son Glen became addicted to OxyCondin, after being injured in a motorcycle accident. If the doctor had told me he was giving him heroin, I would have panicked. It turns out Oxy is just as addictive, or even worse. My son died at the age of 23, after resorting to a substitute of heroin and meth, when his money ran out. Doctors need to closely monitor ongoing pain and help with detox in the cases where pain is no longer an issue. Interstate data...

A CAUSE I FEEL VERY STRONG ABOUT. My son Glen became addicted to OxyCondin, after being injured in a motorcycle accident. If the doctor had told me he was giving him heroin, I would have panicked. It turns out Oxy is just as addictive, or even worse. My son died at the age of 23, after resorting to a substitute of heroin and meth, when his money ran out. Doctors need to closely monitor ongoing pain and help with detox in the cases where pain is no longer an issue. Interstate data bases need to be set up to keep track of medications prescribed to individuals. This could: (1) Avoid harmful combinations of medications being prescribed. (2) Shut down pill mills. (3) Stop drug dealers from obtaining multiple prescriptions and selling them to our children. I will miss my son every day, for the rest of my life.

Ruth Tincombe Harris
Ruth Tincombe Harris

The problem is not just for those who use these drugs for recreational purposes, it is for ALL people, even those who start out Really Needing them for pain, they too become addicted, and over time it takes more and more of these drugs to get the same effect as they did in the beginning, and then before you realize, YOU are hooked, and if mixed with any alcoholic beverage IS FATAL, I know, THIS IS HOW I LOST MY SON!
We need MORE RESTIRCTIONS ON PRESCRIPTIONS, and sorry if it makes it harder...

The problem is not just for those who use these drugs for recreational purposes, it is for ALL people, even those who start out Really Needing them for pain, they too become addicted, and over time it takes more and more of these drugs to get the same effect as they did in the beginning, and then before you realize, YOU are hooked, and if mixed with any alcoholic beverage IS FATAL, I know, THIS IS HOW I LOST MY SON!
We need MORE RESTIRCTIONS ON PRESCRIPTIONS, and sorry if it makes it harder for the rest of US to get them too, but it is worth it to save lives!

Daisy Lynn
Daisy Lynn

I lost my daughter 5 years ago to prescription pills, she was 23 years old.... 'nuff said

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