Moms on Drugs

In our November issue we cover a topic that you don’t hear much about: moms who are hooked on prescription drugs. Our story introduces you to three of them–all devoted, involved parents who started taking prescription meds for legitimate reasons, and then quickly enough spiraled into full-blown addicts. One mom was taking close to 55 pills a day, all while driving her three young children around. This woman was, at one point, a PTA president. The point: It can happen to anyone.

More than 18 million women ages 26 and older reported using prescription drugs for unintended uses in 2008, which is the most recent year for which stats are available. This means chances are good that someone you know is affected by this problem. Maybe you yourself are at risk? If you or someone you know needs help, these are useful resources.

The National Institute on Drug Abuse will give you more background on prescription drug abuse in America.

Narcotics Anonymous can help you determine whether you’re an addict.

The Substance Abuse & Mental Health Services Administration will help you find a drug- and alcohol-abuse treatment program near you.

Intervention Center tells you how you might go about having an intervention for a loved one.

 

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  1. by Des

    On October 26, 2011 at 7:42 pm

    Unfortunately some people abuse these medications. They have a small accident, complain of pain, and end up getting a dose that doesn’t just ease some of the pain, it gets them high. But there are plenty of people out there who have chronic pain due to a degenerative disease or a horrific accident, and they need these medications just to move. These people don’t have a drug problem, they have a pain problem that medication along with other therapies helps ease. As one of these individuals I am constantly discriminated against by people that do not know the extent of the damage my body has taken through my illness, they only hear the name of the narcotic and instantly think, drug addict… Shame on those who abuse, for they make us get painted by their same brush, and WE don’t deserve to deal with being disabled and prejudice against something we aren’t doing, abusing drugs. We are only taking just enough to take the edge off of the debilitating pain.

  2. by Gloria

    On October 27, 2011 at 1:58 am

    I too get looked down on because I have to take certain pain pills to help me get through a flare up from my pancreatitis. Not everyone takes that many pills in one day. I am a hard working mom who unfortunately can not stay in bed and try to deal with the pain so I must take something to ease it a bit, but this is not all the time. I have people see my prescription and also assume I am addicted. What can you do, are society is slowly going downhill.