Every 45 Minutes Someone Calls a Poison Control Center About a Kid Taking Opioids
How many reasons to we need to make sure that people taking drugs get into rehab? How about this? Poison control centers in the U.S. get 32 calls a day from panicked adults about infants who’ve ingested prescription painkillers. Or about teenagers who’ve gotten the drugs from friends or a family member’s medicine cabinet (and that could well be where their friends got them too) and are now in need of medical help – often ending in not just an ER visit, but actually admitted to the hospital in an effort to save their lives or fix with the damage done. What can you do about it?
Of course it’s hard to get off drugs, and sometimes just as hard to get someone else to get off drugs, but as we can see by the number of people dying from these drugs, it needs to be done.
Not only are the addict’s lives at stake, the lives of infants and toddlers in the environment are also at risk, as are the teens who gain access to the drugs so they can experiment.
The information is based on a study that was conducted over a 15-year period by Center for Injury Research and Policy and the Central Ohio Poison Center at Nationwide Children’s Hospital. It was published in the journal Pediatrics.
They found that 60 percent of the calls were about children under five. And 30 percent about teenagers.
The most common drugs the kids had taken were hydrocodone, oxycodone, and codeine. These accounted for 64 percent of the calls.
The author of the study believes the situation is primarily fuelled by actual prescriptions written for someone in the household, or their friends. So many people are being prescribed these heavy drugs these days – even for little aches and pains, and conditions that aren’t even related to pain – and people are taking them for so long they get either physically or psychology addicted – that it shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone that the prescriptions are causing problems.
Obviously, if someone is in extreme pain they need to do something about it. And sometimes these heavy, addictive painkillers are justified. A friend of mine was in an accident a couple of years ago that kept him in the hospital for seven months. He took the painkillers, and he got addicted. Fortunately, he was not predisposed to psychological addiction, but it still took a long time to get off the pills just because of the physical addiction. He saw it through.
But having been in a severe accident or something similar – OxyContin, for example, was FDA approved for cancer pain – is often not the problem. Instead, the drugs are prescribed for aches and pains that could be addressed a number of different ways.
- Physical therapy
- Weight loss – how many people who have constant trouble with their hips or legs hurting them are already hundreds of pounds overweight? A lot.
- Non-addictive painkillers – like vitamins, minerals, herbs, or homeopathic medicine.
- Nutritional therapies – even nutritional deficiencies can cause a person to have problems that are painful
In other words, if you look for solutions and sincerely put them into action, you can find out what’s causing the pain and what’s going to fix it.
And then the painkillers won’t have to be part of your life – or the life of someone you care about, including babies and teens.
In addition to finding out what’s wrong and actually fixing it, you might have to go through drug rehab. But it will be worth it. There will be no more drug addiction, and you’ll have a solution for the pain.