19 Apr Tramadol Addiction Knows No Boundaries
Prescription drug abuse has been called an epidemic by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. That means it’s not a problem just for the inner city, the upper class or the chronically ill. This is a problem that is sweeping the nation and cutting across all socio-economic and age boundaries. Tramadol is the latest prescription drug to come under scrutiny, largely because at one time it was considered at relatively low risk for addiction.
Tramadol is a prescription painkiller most comparable to morphine. Unlike morphine, tramadol is not a naturally occurring opioid, though it produces much the same effect. Tramadol usually comes in tablet form and the pill includes acetaminophen. Many painkillers are combined with acetaminophen to augment their effectiveness. This creates a dual danger for those who abuse tramadol because not only is the painkiller potentially addictive, but taking large amounts can lead to serious liver damage due to the high level of acetaminophen. If the person abusing tramadol consumes alcohol, the danger becomes even greater.
According to national reports, 46 million people in America have abused prescription drugs on at least one occasion. That figure represents 20 percent of our population. It is assumed that many more cases go undetected. Pain pills are responsible for a great part of this epidemic. In 2008, close to 6 percent of those admitted into treatment for substance abuse were there because of opioid abuse. Tramadol is considered a synthetic (man-made) opioid.
Tramadol is most often abused by those living with persistent pain, healthcare workers with access to the drug and those who regularly abuse narcotics. However, since 44 percent of those abusing prescription drugs are teens under the age of 18, this is a drug sought out by adolescents in ever-increasing numbers. If you observe the following symptoms, it may well be that your loved one is addicted to tramadol or another opioid-like prescription medication.
1. Person takes more than the amount of medication prescribed
2. Person practices deceit to get more medication
3. Person continues to refill the prescription even before the current one is depleted
4. Person visits more than one doctor in search of pain medication
5. Person wants to be isolated/alone
6. Person demonstrates inexplicable money problems
7. Person develops new friendships
8. Person exhibits new moods and behaviors
Prescription drug abuse is a ballooning concern in the United States. After marijuana and alcohol, prescription drugs pose the greatest risk for substance abuse among teens and adults. Even drugs once thought to be low risk for addiction are becoming a source of dependency. Tramadol is that kind of drug – once considered safe, now requiring vigilance and intervention.
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