What Role Does The Physician Play In Prescription Drug Abuse


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What Role Does The Physician Play In Prescription Drug Abuse

  1. 1. G&G Holistic Addiction Treatment presents What Role Does the PhysicianPlay in Prescription Drug Abuse? G & G Holistic Addiction Treatment, Inc. http://DrugRehabCenter.Com © Copyright 2013 by G&G Holistic Addiction Treatment, Inc. All Rights Reserved
  2. 2. Siobhan Morse, Executive Director of The National Institute for Holistic AddictionStudies discusses the role physicians play in prescription drug abuse.What is prescription drug abuse?Prescription drug abuse means using a controlled, mind-altering substancewithout a prescription from a physician or using a prescribed medication for thesole purpose of achieving a pleasurable, mind-altering effect.Medications typically abused include: opioid painkillers such as Vicodin andOxycontin, sedative hypnotics such as Valium and Ambien, selective serotoninre-uptake inhibitors, also called SSRIs, and other anti-depressants andstimulants.Prescription drug misuse refers to a patient’s diverting controlled drugs for saleas well as physicians prescribing a controlled drug for a patient when a betterpharmacological awareness or a more thorough examination would havesuggested that the drug was contraindicated.Methods used to obtain prescription drugsPatients use a variety of methods to obtain controlled substances illegally. Theseinclude: doctor shopping, doctor manipulation, symptom fabrication, andWhat Role Does the Physician Play in Prescription Drug Abuse? 2
  3. 3. prescription forgery as well as certified and illegal Internet pharmacies of whichabout 800,000 were estimated to exist worldwide in 2007.The deadly impact ofprescription drug abuseThe dimension of the crisiscan be visualized in this way.Currently, there areapproximately 780,000licensed physicians in theUnited States with about15,000 new graduates joiningtheir ranks each year.A survey conducted by The National Center on Addiction and Substance Abuseat Columbia University found that a majority of doctors do believe it is theirprimary responsibility to prevent prescription drug abuse.Unfortunately, most physicians received only two hours or less of training inprescription drug diversion in medical school, residency, and continuing medicaleducation. Additionally, in the pharmaceutical company’s enthusiasm to offer promising new drugs to the public, new training and information needed to prevent prescription drug abuse is not always adequate to prevent the occurrence of over-dispensing and the inappropriate use of prescription drugs, treating the symptom and not the disease. These physicians will proceed to treat the symptoms of the disease, but not the disease itself.Consequently, common symptoms of addictive disease such as depression,anxiety, insomnia, and migraines, tend to be treated as separate disorders.Furthermore, many of these symptoms will be treated with a controlledmedication that might not be appropriate if the primary diagnosis is addictivedisease.What Role Does the Physician Play in Prescription Drug Abuse? 3
  4. 4. This prescribing can lead to unwitting abuse and dependence by the patient whowill continue to take the medication without being aware that it may be harmful.This approach leaves the underlying addictive disease alive and undisturbed,treating only its symptoms thereby postponing indefinitely the opportunity forappropriate treatment and recovery.Do you have questions about the role physicians play in prescription drug abuse?Our experienced counselors are available 24 hours a day to take your call andget you the help or information you need.Call our Toll-Free Recovery Hotline at 1-800-303-2938 or visit our web site at:http://drugrehabcenter.com and discover the best treatment options for you.Our drug rehab center offers a unique and affordable holistic approach toaddiction treatment.Our holistic addiction and treatment program has helped addicts from all over theUnited States, Europe and Canada overcome their substance addictions andachieve long term recovery. We treat the individuals specific needs, includingworking with families.For more special reports on addiction issues, visit: http://rehabcentersnetwork.com/addiction-special-reportsWhat Role Does the Physician Play in Prescription Drug Abuse? 4