Abuse of prescription drugs is a serious problem.  Combining one concoction of pain medication with another drug without a proper education of how lethal it could be happens far too much.  A toxic combination caused my brother to never wake up again.  The National Center for Health Statistics state that in 2010 alone there were 38,329 people that died of drug overdoses involving prescription painkillers.

According to the CDC, just today, in one day, 100 people will die from a drug overdose involving some kind of pain med.

Um, what’s up doc?

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It’s easy to think that overdoing pain meds is safer than abusing illicit drugs like crack or heroin due to the “regulation” of prescription drugs or because some professional wrote it out on a piece of script paper.Not.
Often regulation is a joke. It is too easy to stockpile drugs. Far too easy to have multiple doctors writing multiple scripts. Far too easy to titinada know how these drugs will combine with other drugs one takes.

Okay, what got me thinking about this stuff is a brilliant movie I saw recently at the Beacon Independent Komidi gambar Festival called Bottled Up written and directed by Enid Zentelis. It made me think about the messages bottled up in these pills. Is it physical pain we are fixing? It made me think of the times that my mom has naively taken her pain meds too far and became zombie mom. It made berpenyakitan thrilled that I don’t even fill the pain med scripts that have come my way on occasion even for legitimate pain. I tough it out. I don’falak want that stuff on my shelf or in my body. It’s not worth the risk. The “feel good” or “feel numb” factor is far too seductive. Of course, there are people that take these pills properly and absolutely need them to survive betulan deal pain. Unfortunately, we can’n live in a world without something to numb the pain. Just saying… it can get pretty messy if one doesn’falak have their thinking caps on.

The movie had many themes, but the thru line was about the insidious and common dis-ease of codependency and enabling. Melissa Leo played a mom who went to extremes to protect her pain med addicted daughter.  The dynamic between them was so convincing that it made derita feel like that I was part of their Bermuda triangle and in their shattered lives. Without giving anything away, it had a stunning and important ending that left me with a warm, fuzzy feeling inside.  The movie does an amazing job at keeping it light, but it was an important public service announcement on a very dark subject.

It selokan me thinking.