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Opioids Synthetic Drugs

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Webster, an online and in print dictionary resource, describes opioids as synthetic drugs that tend to have characteristics similar to narcotics (painkillers) but are not actually associated with opium (2017). Opium is a seed of a certain poppy plant which is highly addictive. Doctors prescribe opioids, such as OxyContin, Vicodin, and Percocet, to patients either following surgery or with certain types of chronic pain- surgeries, including tonsil removal, wisdom teeth removal, or any surgery that will instill pain in the patient. Chronic pain is another issue. Advanced cancers are an opioid-treated type of chronic pain. Doctors aim to help a patient feel as little pain as possible near the end of his or her life. The National Institute of Drug…show more content…
It is no secret that opioids, or prescription painkillers, cost an amount of money. Even having a high grade insurance plan, a patient is going to pay for an appointment to get that prescription over and over again, fueling an addiction. Imagine what will happen if the formally mention patient cannot get his or her doctor to prescribe the medication anymore. He or she will have to start buying their drugs on the Black Market. Through a process called crowdsourcing, drug addicts can search the Internet for the cheapest drugs sold by the milligram (Nabarun, Freifeld, Brownstein, al. 2013). Common painkiller prescription drugs sell for under a dollar. Examples include $0.81 for hydrocodone and $0.52 for morphine. For some perspective, one thirty milligram pill is about eighteen square millimeters. One milligram of that is one-thirtieth of that eighteen millimeters. To get a full pill, an addict would have to buy thirty times that amount per milligram. That can add up if the addict needs more medication or even a stronger dose. Having seemingly cheap alternatives to the more expensive prescription filler makes users forget about the risk of buying the opioids under the table. Risk is not an issue for those who are already criminals. Buying over the Black Market appears to be the last moved for those struggling with addiction. Having no money, there is nothing to do about taxes, rent, or electricity and water bills. Paying…show more content…
There could be a way to eliminate or just reduce the growing number of opioid drug addiction rate, including education. Educating doctors on the fact that continuing to prescribe these types of gateway drugs- Oxycontin, hydrocodone, Vicodin, Percocet, etc.- can be potentially dangerous to the patient. A change in mindset could influence doctors to prescribe less aggressive and addictive forms of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs. Some of these could include the popular Tylenol, Motrin, or Aleve and their generics, acetaminophen, ibuprofen, and naproxen sodium. The bodily function that takes place when a user abuses is what ties them to the opioid. Addiction is not a flaw in character, but a chemical process in your body. Patients believe they cannot function without the constant use of these drugs. Getting patients to realize that this addiction is all in their head starts with that same doctor. When doctors prescribe less addictive drugs, their patients will be less susceptible to addiction of opioid drugs. Addiction eliminates any type of personal relationship, creates a financial crisis, and interferes with the society. All of this can is avoided if doctors shifted their mindset towards prescribing nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs alternative to
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