Addiction To Opiates: Stronger And Deadlier
Prescription Drugs: Stronger and Deadlier
Prescription pain killers have been a huge problem in the United States for a long time and it is only getting worse.
People from all walks of life are experiencing the dark realities of opiate-based drug addiction. Many of those people are taking their dependency a couple steps further with heroin.
Unethical medical practices have been responsible for much the destructiveness of opioid addiction. Doctors over prescribe patients for whatever reason, seemingly either money or because they may not have the resources to treat patients effectively.
When people have developed an immunity to the effects of their medications, they seek heavier drugs with the same chemical structure to satisfy their needs. Whether it be a doctor or a drug cartel, somebody is always there to meet that desire for satisfaction, producing harder drugs that are potentially life threatening.
Whatever the case, it is costing lives, rich or poor, white or black, male or female, it is an epidemic of horrifying proportions.
The case of late Slipknot bassist Paul Gray
Iowa Supreme Court is set to hear the case of late Slipknot bassist Paul Gray on Tuesday.
Gray died in 2010 in a room at the TownePlace Suites Hotel in Johnston, Iowa, the band’s home state. The later autopsy revealed that the bass player’s cause of death was a morphine overdose as well as a “significant heart disease.”
His widow Brenna Gray filed a suit in 2014 which was dismissed because under Iowa state law, the suit was filed two years too late.
Now nearly six years later Gray’s attorney will be allowed to present their case in front of the Iowa Supreme Court, while attempting to sue Dr. Daniel Baldi for over prescribing her husband as well as eight others who died as a result of his alleged irresponsible practices.
Paul’s bandmates reported that they tried numerous times to admit him into treatment with not luck. They had several interventions with him as well.
Brenna revealed that Paul had finally agreed to enter a rehabilitation center the day before he died.
More and more people are getting prescribed drugs that have fatal side effects. Whether you are a famous rock star, an elderly person, teenager, housewife, etc., opiate/opioid addiction can and will affect you to the point of what can often seem like no return.
This is not an issue that discriminates. Thousands of people in the United States are carelessly prescribed dangerous medications every day. It is a problem that the government is now attempting to control by passing laws that limit the amount of prescription drugs a doctor can prescribe in a given time.
Though this sounds like a good idea on the surface, people are already facing the issue of developing tolerance for those medications. Because of its price, availability, and potency heroin has become the alternative to prescription drugs. There is speculation that these laws would just drive people to heroin quicker.
Heroin though seemingly making a comeback is still finite, while its demand is growing at a rapid pace.
And where there is a demand there will always be someone willing to take huge risks to provide a supply to suffice for money.
As the present drugs, specifically opiate-based drugs due to their physical dependent nature, lose their effectiveness, a new drug must enter the market legally or illegally in order to satisfy an extremely profitable demand.
A New Killer in Town
W-18 is a deadly street drug that has popped up in Canada. Its potency has been reported to being 10,000 times stronger than morphine, the drug that caused Paul Gray’s overdose, and 100 times stronger than fentanyl, a legal pain killer often used to treat breakthrough pain before a medical procedure and chronic pain patients.
This new drug has an even more dangerous aspect with respect to heroin due to the ability to being manufactured in a basement somewhere and not needing to be pulled from a plant indigenous to certain areas.
The best way to avoid being sucked into the dark world of opiate/opioid addiction is to not get involved in the first place. Many people have found healthier alternatives to these dangerous substances to treat chronic pain.
If you are already in the grips of this terrible disease, there is help wherever you are including rehab, detox, and intervention services.
Far too many people have had their lives cut short because of prescription and street drugs. Do not be a statistic.