â¥âªMeganâ«â¥ - posted on 08/08/2011 ( 27 moms have responded )
I don't have as many channels in BC as I did when I lived with my parents in NY so instead of whatever's on TLC or WE I've been watching Intervention on A&E .
I've noticed that a lot of the people on Intervention (aside from having a lot of different stories) also started by being prescribed narcotic pain meds by their doctors after a minor surgery or after pain from a misscarriage or something. And needless to say they become addicted.
I've noticed the trend myself. Back in 2001 I had my wisdom teeth removed and my dentist gave me a script for Tylonel with Codine. Back in June of this year I had laproscopic surgery to remove an IUD from my abdominal cavity and I was given a script for Vicodin. I did fill the one for the Codine but only took 1 the entire time becuase I hated the way I felt. I never filled the one for the vicodin because I'm breastfeeding and didn't know the effect it would have on my daughter. Plus I have a high tolerance for pain and just about gave birth to her completely natural 3 months prior to the surgery.
I have seen addiction first hand although thankfull not from someone I was related to. I took care of a lady who's daughter was addicted to Oxycotin and would get someone to drive her to her dealer while I was there. It was lovely- they were on food stamps and welfare and only had this POS house because of the lady's son in Florida. They were telling the woman (their own grandmother and mother) that they couldn't get her food. But they had no trouble finding a few bucks to get pills. It made me sick.
I heard that doctors are actually pressured by pharmacutical companies to push the heavier drugs when a regular OTC pain killer would do the job just as well. So I'm wondering what the rest of you all think.
I'm sorry this isn't very well thought out. But it's my first debate thread. And I found the topic appropriate after the one about the woman who may have killed her son by meth laced breast milk.