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.....

Angelina Fernandez
Angelina Fernandez

Speaking from Tampa, the undisputed capital of the scrip crisis, all this govt. regulation is doing is driving up the street price of the drug and making desperate, physically addicted junkies resort to commiting crime in our communities to get their fix so they don't get dope sick. Don't believe it? Check the petty crime stats since the state database went into effect. PLUS you now have the DEA setting limits on the amt. of medication legitimate drs. can prescibe to legitimate patients...

Speaking from Tampa, the undisputed capital of the scrip crisis, all this govt. regulation is doing is driving up the street price of the drug and making desperate, physically addicted junkies resort to commiting crime in our communities to get their fix so they don't get dope sick. Don't believe it? Check the petty crime stats since the state database went into effect. PLUS you now have the DEA setting limits on the amt. of medication legitimate drs. can prescibe to legitimate patients who need the meds for legitimate reasons, and pardon my language, but that's bullshit! Yes, legitimate patients who desperately need these medications do exist. I know, I'm one of them; and I'm all for weeding out the druggies because once that happens then maybe society at large will stop grouping desperately ill people such as myself into the same category with these disgusting junkie fiends! We're doing a good job in Tampa. They are closing down the "mills" left and right and I couldn't be happier about it. Every time I see another junkie booted from my drs. office for track marks, dirty urine, urine that isn't dirty enough (sure sign of a dealer) or WHATEVER REASON I cheer inside. YES! Another one bites the dust. Good job doc! But seriously, the DEA are COPS not DRS. They need to stop trying to practice medicine. It's a slap in the face to every REAL pain doctor out there, and it just causes undeserved headaches and EXPENSE($$$!) to people like me who are already suffering enough. Govt. storm troopers aren't the answer. There's got to be a better way! BTW-- the first month I was put on meds after a near fatal accident in '07 I o.d.ed due to a bad reaction to the now infamous "cocktail" (oxy, roxi, soma, xanax) If not for my 6 YEAR OLD CHILD finding me BLUE in full respiratory arrest and calling 911 I wouldn't be here right now. So it's not just addicts o.d.ing. Better patient education maybe? Better supervision of new patients--trying the drugs on an inpatient basis first, or maybe just writing a weeks worth at first to see how the patients body reacts? DEFINATLY make the prescribing of theses meds a last resort when all other options have failed, or when someone's tolerance levels have reached the point, over time (a looong time), that weaker pain meds have been rendered ineffective. I don't claim to have all the answers, I only know what I see happening around me every day, an entire generation being all but wiped out by meds that are needed by some and abused by many.

Angelina Fernandez
Angelina Fernandez
  • Angelina Fernandez

This is very close to my heart. Two former employees of mine who were like little sisters to me fell victim to this epidemic. One is doing a three year bit in the women's prison @ Lowell and the other is taking baby steps into a new clean, sober life after 4 mos in jail and 6 mos in rehab. I also have had two friends DIE, yes DIE of o.d.s just in the last 2 years--and this isn't counting the ppl I've just straight turned my back on because they were unwilling to be more in life than just pathetic junkies with a bad case of needle-itis!

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!

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