Women and not men are more likely to “doctor shop” so that they can get the prescriptions written for the drugs they are taking for pain and anxiety. The reason for this is they do not want their family doctor to question them about their prescription drug use. They will even go to different pharmacies so that the pharmacist will not begin to question their use. https://www.womenshealth.com
These are the same women that would not use illegal drugs and yet they are addicted to prescription drugs.
Some lethal combination: https://www.webmd.com
- · Antidepressants and Painkillers
- · Cholesterol-lowering drug and antifungal medication
- · Painkillers and anti-anxiety medication
- · Painkillers and anti-anxiety medication plus muscle relaxers
Never under any circumstances should alcohol be added to this mix.
It is estimated that 105 deaths were caused by prescription overdose and another 6,748 patients were treated in the emergency room in 2012. It is reported accidental overdose kill more people than auto crashes each year. The problem of prescription addiction is seen mostly in people between the ages of 25 to 64 and mostly women.
It is not fully understood but something in the brain chemistry of women makes them more likely to become addicted to prescription drugs than men. It is suggested doctors need to be very clear on the number of pills of the addictive type that can be taken in a 24 hour period. The problem with this idea is women are prone to “doctor shop”; therefore, visit more than one doctor. https://www.cdc.com
What does a family member need to look for?
There are warning signs that a person may have overdosed:
- · Slowed or labored breathing
- · Heart rate is slowed
- · Problems walking
- · Bluish lips or nails
- · Cold and clammy skin
How can a family member tell if there is an addictive problem?
There are telltale signs such as the person is “always” going to the doctors and not always the same one. They are always afraid they might run out of a prescription. Try to count the pills. Does the number of pills match the prescription on the bottle? For example: if the bottle say one (1) every six (6) hours and by counting the pills and there are fewer pills than should be, there could be a problem.
It is not always easy to know for sure if a loved one is misusing a prescription but by monitoring the pills you will get a good idea if there is a problem or if the patient just has taken a pill sooner because she/he has lost track of time; therefore, taken the medication earlier than prescribed.