OxyContin Addiction prevention and risk reduction methods are not being used by most doctors when prescribing OxyContin to their patients, a recent study confirms.
Researchers at the Albert Einstein College of Medicine, and the Montefiore Medical Centre looked at around 1,600 long term prescription Oxy users to discover the extent to which their doctors were using addiction prevention measures.
The Three methods used to assess potential addiction are:
- urine tests
- regular patient interviews
- monitoring requests for early refills
The results of the survey showed that only 8% of the patients were urine tested, more than a quarter were having multiple early refills, and that less than half of the patients were having regular meetings with their doctor to check on possible signs and symptoms of addiction to this prescription opioid narcotic.
Who Is Responsible?
While experts all agree that there is a problem, many people see it as a case of addicted patients deliberately misleading their doctors about important issues relevant to their addiction. The general conception is that the busy, well meaning doctors is over prescribing and mis prescribing this addictive drug because they lack of adequate training in the field of pain management and addiction. The truth of the situation is that narcotics are addictive and that no one is immune to addiction as a side effect when taking these drugs, whether acquired by way of prescription or illicitly.
It is unfortunate that the view is taken to permit doctors to continue to prescribe addictive medications without an understanding of what it is that they are doing. It is unlikely that we would permit engineers to construct bridges not designed for intended traffic, or builders to build houses that will most probably fall down, accept the excuse that they have insufficient skill in that specific area, and then allow them to go on building.
OxyContin for Children?
As if the current situation is not bad enough, it is reported that the intrepid directors of Purdue Pharma are presently trialing a new OxyContin product – intended for chronic pain relief in children as young as 6 years old. Will we start to see OxyContin addicts as young as 6 or 7, and who will be held responsible if toxic side effects impede the growth and development of a child?
Narconon Trois-Rivières is an established alcohol and drug addiction recovery center with a proven record of success in the field of narcotics detoxification and rehabilitation. Narconon uses drug-free methods to achieve full addiction recovery. This organization has for many years distributed addiction prevention materials and conducted narcotics abuse prevention conferences to educate and inform young people of the hazards and risks involved in drug abuse.
Narconon maintains its commitment to addiction prevention with school aged children and teenagers, and continues to promote a “say no to drugs” approach to life. Drugs have a stranglehold on society today that would appear to be out of control. Drug use pervades our communities and claims the lives of young people, a tragedy easily avoidable if children from an early age could be presented with the facts about the use of toxic drugs and their addictive side effects.
No one fit and healthy wants to curtail their life and their freedom by using addictive drugs. Drug use is not a healthy or natural method of achieving pain relief. All drugs are inherently toxic and addictive. Effective addiction prevention means saying no to drugs.
If you know someone who is addicted to their prescription drugs, find out how the Narconon Rehab program can help by calling 1-877-782-7409 begin_of_the_skype_highlighting 1-877-782-7409 end_of_the_skype_highlighting.