Overmedication Can Easily Lead To Addiction

Overmedication Can Easily Lead To Addiction

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Chances are, if you have a cold, you go to the doctor. But how would you feel if they told you all you need is over the counter medicine instead of handing you a prescription? It doesn’t happen often.

“People are looking for quick fixes, doctors are in a hurry, I think we’ve slowly built up to a situation now where we’ve got people taking way too much medication,” says Virginia Guy with the Drug Education Council.

“We have so many advertisements for prescriptions now. Patients see that on tv and they go in a just ask for it,” says Pharmacist Caye McConaghy.

And some doctors will write a prescription for anything, easily opening a door for prescription drug abuse--one of the fastest growing problems in America.

“Lortab, Oxycodon, all of the painkillers, the narcotics, Xanax,” says Guy.

According to medical research, Hydrocodon is the most commonly prescribed medicine in the state of Alabama with just under a million insurance claims and far above the medicine in the number two spot which has just under 700,000 claims.

Pharmacists are now equipped to guard against those with an addiction or selling drugs on the black market.

The Alabama Department of Health actually created a database called the prescription drug monitoring program that helps prevent doctor shopping and pharmacy hopping.

“It will give you the prescription that they filled, the date it was written, the date it was filled, the quantity that was dispensed and the physician that wrote it,” says McConaghy.

Even if you don’t take these medications, those who abuse or sell the medication are affecting you.

“A lot of our crime, a lot of our healthcare costs, a lot of our lower education levels, all of that is affected by this addiction,” says Guy.

This impacts you because the more the abusers get their hands on the medications, the higher the cost will be to taxpayers. And pharmacists today tell me there are several doctors in the Florida panhandle, Alabama, Mississippi and Louisiana who will write blind prescriptions for patients—that’s why it’s up to pharmacies to combat this issue.

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