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Addicted to PainkillersPrescription drug abuse is America's fastest growing drug problem. If that was not enough to paint a picture of how serious the problem is, know that every 19 minutes someone in the US dies of a pill overdose, and the majority of these deaths are because of pain killers such as oxycodone. Believe it or not, more people die annually from prescription pill overdose than heroin and cocaine put together.

For some time now there has been speculation as to whether there should be involuntary treatment for those addicted to pain killers (who also pose a serious threat to themselves or others). Some people may find the idea absurd, that mandatory treatment should take effect on certain cases. Although the practice is not completely unheard of, as of late the idea has received less attention in the courts. Previously outlined, involuntary admittance to treatment typically arises when a person poses a serious threat to themselves, others, or important property around them. Persons addicted to painkillers more often than not pose a serious risk of danger to their own health just by simply taking pain-killers that are not prescribed to them, and to others since their perception while on the drugs is not exactly fully functional.

Some believe that one of the problems surrounding treatment options and outreach to those suffering from pain killer addictions is how "drug dependence" is viewed by the population. Many believe that the addiction is a choice; that a person merely chooses to continue abusing pharmaceuticals. Although in the very beginning of the addiction, this statement may have been true, after a certain point the choice to abuse a pill transcends itself, and becomes a necessity, or a strict dependence.
Those who suffer from a pain killer addiction typical exhibit a lack of will power, resolve, an ability to delay gratification, resist impulses, and are unable to consider resolutions. These are all cognitive functions that healthy minds are able to perform on a daily, if not hourly basis. The characteristics of drug abuse which include cravings, intoxication, dependency, and withdrawal, all disrupt the natural mental functions listed above.

Although the existence for these laws have been nearly nonexistent in the past, and most only pertained to other serious mental problems, as of late, more states have adopted refined programs to combat the growing epidemic of painkiller abuse. As of March, Ohio passed a law authorizing substance-related commitments, which is now being considered by many other states. Massachusetts also recently extended its addiction treatment programs from 60 to 90 days.

Drug abuse is a serious disease that often leads to health complications, disastrous financial loss, family dysfunction, damaged social reputation, and the list goes on. Across the United States, the problem of pain killers has reached a death toll high enough to open the minds of those who are not aware, and further improvement is vital to slow down the damage which is being done to hundreds of citizens every year. If you or a loved one is struggling with drug or alcohol addiction, please contact our professional drug rehab center and speak to one of our licensed counselors; they will inform you about our available addiction treatment services, such as medical detox and inpatient treatment.

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