HookedRx: From Prescription to Addiction | Cronkite News

HookedRx: From Prescription to Addiction | Cronkite News


[music] [siren]WOMAN: I think the hardest
part about being in recovery
is losing people,
and we do a lot.
Every week we lose people.It’s an epidemic,and we’re at the front lines
and we see it every day.
People relapsing.People going back to jail. People dying. Talking to mothers and
sisters and brothers who get to bury
their loved ones.WOMAN: We moved hereand the first thing
I thought was,
Zach’s never seen this house.And I go outside and I think,Zach’s never been on that
diving board.
And we buy a new car
and I think, Zach’s never been
in this car. The piece of my heart will
always be missing. That doesn’t ever get better. I came back from college and I was able to obtain
OxyContin on a daily basis. There was a point in
time where I remember I lost the
power of choice.Eleven days out of prison,
my mom had found me dead.
My brother was in town,
getting married.
And so my mother almost had to
bury a son and marry a son in the same day, and that didn’t keep me sober. Just the fact that I see
people dying all around me does not keep me sober. It was the last day
of 8th grade and it was just like a
normal day, you know, I just got my pills and get
to get high on them, and then, I don’t really
remember much after that. I kind of just woke up the
next day in the hospital with my family there. And they said I was very lucky
to, like, still be alive.The amount of pills I took
should have killed me,
but I got lucky.MAN: I’ve seen a lot
of death in my former life.
I’ve seen a lot of death.You know, I’ve seen people
OD in the bath tubs,
sitting on the edge
of the bathtub, and hit themselves with a rig and just flatline into
the bathtub. You know, so it’s ugly,
it’s the truth. [music]MAN: We’re killing more people
by prescription drugs
and a large percentage of themprescription drugs
are opioids, you know,
that are prescribed by
doctors.
And we’ve also seen,
and some studies have shown, that a large percentage
of people that get addicted to these
opioids, you know,
prescription-type opioids, often resort to heroin. Opioid and prescription drug
type related deaths have increased every year for
the last five years. So it’s a growing problem, it’s something that needs
to be addressed, and it’s getting worse
every year.MAN: If we look at
calendar year 2015,
this office saw a total of
379 overdose deaths.
Of those deaths, the primary
drugs that were involved were heroin and morphine
and oxycodone.I mean, they’re so prevalentthat we see overdoses
almost every day.DR. GREGORY HESS: Opiate
medications are dangerous,
so, you know, people
don’t necessarily
view them that way,It’s like motor vehicles-
our overdose deaths
are more common than motor
vehicle accident deaths
and so you get a prescription
from a physician for an opiate
for some kind of procedure or
nagging pain
and just knowing that that
pill may be more dangerous
than driving your
motor vehicle,
especially if you’re taking itin combination with
other drugs.
This is an epidemic that
isn’t hidden, it’s not somewhere far,
far away. It’s right in our own
backyards, our own neighborhoods,
our own schools, and it’s something we’re
either going to address as leaders, parents
and policymakers, or we’re going to see
more kids die and more avoidable deaths in terms of our brothers and
sisters and extended families. Here is a picture of Zach with
his two sisters,and, of course, this picture
he was in middle school,
and I think this was the startof his experimenting
with marijuana,
and then, of course, it never
just stopped at marijuana.
He suffered a significant
stroke because he had an infection
in his heart from using needles.We lost him in June,
and I can recall them
trying to get his heart
to start again.
And then I just remember
sitting on the floor, in the corner listening to
them and listening to him. Listening to him die. The death certificate listing
acute mixed drug as the cause of death.The night my mom died,
she had taken–
as far as I know, she had
taken just a couple, or a few, 15 milligram oxycodones. I believe she mixed it with
some Valium, or diazepam, and she chewed a
fentanyl patch. Heroin and opiate deaths are
up across the United States, including here, and the total numbers
are up. Those drugs are prevalent
and they’re common and they’re inexpensive, so they’ve been
prescribed more over the last maybe 20 years than they have prior
to that time. Pills are everywhere. Every medicine cabinet in the
United States has pills. Every doctor prescribes pills because that’s the mode,
that’s the means. So, if I get injured,
I’m coming in to you, I’m coming to you as a
doctor and saying, “Hey, I’m injured,
I need pills.”MAN: We are prescribing
a lot more opiates
than we ever used to before.Opiates were thought to
be fairly safe,
so a lot of different
practitioners, we’re prescribing opiates
for various pain.So as that trend continued
on and on,
we were seeing more
and more patients
that had developed addiction
to opiates.
I was an active gymnast
my whole life, and after a surgery that
I had on my knee, I began taking OxyContin,
post-op. prescribed to me.and right away what
I experienced
was a sense of relieflike I was somehow
going to be OK.
I never thought that I would
be a drug addict, You know, I wasn’t proud, but,
I didn’t think I had a choice. [music]MAN: Before 2007, I had
a wonderful life.
I was a welder.I had been at my job approximately nine years
by then.You know, my kids were
doing good.
We were buying our own house.I was starting– a paramedic degree was
what I wanted to do, I went to school for. I stopped to get my education
in and my experience in as an EMT,and I ended up just
deciding that
I was going to stay at
home with my kids,
be a housewife.I was taking about three
15 milligram oxycodones.Every day I woke up,
I was sick,
so before you even get
out of bed, you know,
you’re looking for
your pill bottle.
And it’s a vicious cycle.It started after an accident, my motorcycle accident
in 2007,and after all the surgeries
and everything like that,
I was actually prescribed pain
meds, for years.
My mother-in-law had told us
about her doctor, so that’s why we went to him, because we knew we could
get what we wanted.MAN: The vast majority of
doctors in Arizona
are doing the right thing.It’s those unscrupulous
doctors
that are cutting corners,putting profits before
patients, that are harming our
Arizona communities through these opioid drugs. OFFICER: Thank you, sir. So starting with Sayegh,
what was your deal with him? MAN: He gave me a lot of
pills, and whatever I wanted, and he told me what I could
get for him. that’s where it started,
I had him and he had me, ’cause he just gave me these
pills and I was hooked, you know, I started using
heroin and…STEVE DUPLISSIS: Dr. Edward
Sayegh was sentenced
September 11, 2015
to four years in the Department of
Corrections.What resulted in that casewas a 277-count indictment
against Dr. Sayegh
and approximately 10
other individuals
that were involved in a
massive billing fraud
and a massive prescription
drug ring. MAN: I made a list, though,
of what I wanted. And I went and I gave
it to him, and, uh, he didn’t examine me
or nothing. He just took me in his office. These are incredibly,
incredibly powerful drugs. And we’ve given doctors the ability to prescribe
these in this country, and the ones that go rogue
wreak havoc on the country. Don’t get me wrong, these drugs have very
legitimate needs in our society. I think the problem is that, if you’re consuming 99% of
the world’s hydrocodone, and 78% of the world’s
oxycodone, I think that’s an
overprescribing problem. I think that’s an overuse
problem. So right now we’re going to our
drug storage warehouse facility where we hold all these drugs
before they get disposed of. So, you’ll see an idea of the
volume of prescription drugs that we have in this country.There are literally billions
of these pills on the market.
280 million prescriptions
a year, roughly,
are written in the
United States.
And that’s a prescription.That could be 5, 10, 15,
20, 50 tablets.
So, you’re talking aboutbillions of these pills
out there.
Each and every single one of
us cause the problem.
We provided the demand for
these prescription drugs.
Doctors, pharmaceutical
companies, the government, everybody else met the demand that the citizens of the
United States wanted.We demanded these things.And now, after all this time,we’re facing this huge
epidemic.
Here, we have a bottle
of hydrocodone, and this is what the hydro
pills look like. So, 99% of all that are
manufactured in the world is this product right here, and it’s consumed by
American citizens.MARISA RODRIGUEZ: What it
looked like for me
was overdosing in the
college dorm room and being asked to leave
Colorado State. I don’t want that to be
my story at ASU. I knew once I took Oxy
I was OK.And it didn’t feel wrong,because it was prescribed
to me
and it was for a legitimate
reason.
Taking OxyContin at 14 quickly
led to every other opiate. Being sober and staying sober wouldn’t be such an amazing
celebration if we didn’t realize that the
other alternative is death. [music]MAN: The life of addiction,
you lose everything.
I went from being a pretty
good student,
pretty good person,to, you know, doing what I
had to do to get my pills, whatever that may be. selling drugs, stealing from
people, robbing people,whatever it was,
I would do it.
I never thought I’d see a day
sober, let alone a year.
This last relapse,
I thought it was it.
I was either going to go back
to prison
for the rest of my life
or I was going to die.
I started having medical
problems. You know, I had a knee
operated on and I got, you know,
naturally prescribed, and then from there I started
buying them on the street, anywhere I could get them.I lost everything,
I lost myself.
I missed my first daughter’s
first words.
I missed her crawling.I missed her walking.I missed… everything.If I hadn’t started with pillsand I hadn’t experienced that
euphoria for the first time,
I don’t think I would have
progressed as quickly as I did to harder, harder stuff. Right here, at this light
that we’re coming up to, it’s probably one of the
biggest places for… pills, heroin.I worked for the Mesa Police
Department for seven years.
I was working narcotics and
I was run over on duty. At that point in time I was
prescribed medication opiates,and they were prescribing me
two, three months at a time.
So in the meantime I could go
from one doctor to the next,
and I had six months
of pills.
I kind of came to a day where
I was out of medication, and I was probably out of
medication five, six hours, and I thought I was
going to die. MAN: They were fighting
me harder so I finally surrendered to
him and took me over. BEVELL: Okay, good.So, I understand why people
don’t want to get clean.
but the reason we’re in
those addictions
is because we see
nothing else.
They’re always chasing the
first high that they ever got. Because the first high is the best high they’re
ever gonna have. So they’re always trying to
find a more powerful drug, the ability to take more
of that drug. They’re always trying to get
that first high, and they’re never gonna
reach it.WOMAN: Once you’ve tried
your drug of choice,
you try and catch
the same high
you got the first time,
but you never do.
So I took 26 Percocets
in two hours, so I OD’d. But I didn’t actually go to
the hospital over it, which was kind of, weird,
but um… I never really sought
medical attentionbecause I didn’t wanna
get red flagged
and not be able to get the
pills, to be honest.
It’s not a fun feeling to know that you’re going to
die over a drug, you know, something that you could
have prevented.MAN: Before I turned 13,
or as I turned 13,
I started taking like
Percocets and Xanax,
and then that like took off
right away, and then eventually all that turned into heroin use
and meth use, since I was just about 14.It took away, like, my whole
teenage life
because eventually it
got to a point where I was getting locked up
in juvie over and over again, and like I would go in,
and I would get out, I would be doing
the same thing and I would go right back in.WOMAN: I was actually a horse-
wrangler at Ponderosa Stables,
which is in South Phoenix,and, you know, I’d had
a back spasm, and I was bending over
to pick something up after, like, the day before I’d
unloaded like ten bales of hay by myself,and when I went to
see my doctor,
they did the MRI and
all this stuff,
and it turns out that two of
my vertebrae are bulging.
And she, right off the bat,
wrote me a prescription
for 180 Percocets and 180
somas, just for one month.You know, you get handed
two scripts
for 90 Percocets apiece,it’s really, I don’t know,it’s kind hard not to get
hooked on them.WOMAN: People receive a
prescription of opioids from
their doctor
for sometimes, oftentimes,
an acute condition,and they realize that it
treats their pain,
but it also makes them
feel very good.
As you use opioids,
your body gets used to it.So then they need more
of that drug.
I had to take more and more
of the medications, and then I lost my insurance, so I began having to buy stuff
from people off the streets.And I just didn’t think I
could get through a day
without my pills.People need to be careful
about what they’re taking
and a lot of people
that I know
that are in these programs
that I am in
thought it was okay,
it was prescribed by a doctor. You know, just like me, I was
prescribed by a doctor, it must be fine.The pill bottle says 1 to 2
every 4 to 6 hours, OK.
So, I’m going to take
2 every 4.
I’m going to push those
limits,
because I like the way that it
makes me feel.
It doesn’t just take
away the pain.It makes just your whole life
seem like it’s amazing.
Unfortunately, in the past
few years, we have had an increase
in opioid overdoses. It has been obvious, and we’ve noticed that in
the emergency department, that there’s a lot more
patients that we’re treating. It is no longer an inner city
versus suburban problem.It’s everybody’s problem.I’ve worked in multipledifferent emergency
departments
from inner city to suburban
to rural
and everyone has this problem.It does not discriminate
against gender, age, income.
This has hit everyone. My daughter,
her name is Chloe, she is just the happiest,
smartest, you know, kidthat I’ve ever seen.When I had gotten pregnant
with her,
I was actually, you know,
still using. And, luckily, it didn’t
affect her.MAN: Neonatal abstinence
syndrome
is something we see in infantswho have been exposed to
mothers taking narcotics.
I think what a lot of people
sometimes don’t realize
is everything you do
to yourself, you’re doing to your
infant as well… whether that be drugs, whether that be your
nutrition. You know, all those things
affect what you’re doing for your infant.WOMAN: Six months ago,
I was incarcerated,
so I ended up having my baby
here at the hospital
while I was incarcerated. And I was put on methadone when I went into the
Estrella Jail, and they put me on methadone
at three months pregnant.If I would have known that
years and years later,
I would have had this happen,
and I’m so lucky to have him,
but I’m not happy about him
paying for my mistakes.Do whatever you have to do
to get clean,
but make sure it’s under the
safety for you and your baby,
but do whatever you have
to do to get clean, because you don’t want to have
to see your baby go through that. There’s huge pressure from pharmaceutical companies
and patients for doctors to write these
prescriptions.We demand that they give us
these pills.
And so these doctors are going
to succumb to that pressure.
Doctors are businessmen.They have to make a living
doing this, and so they don’t want
to lose customers.When that opiate hits you,your depression’s gone,
all your pain’s gone.
There’s no difference
in what I was doing than the people on the street
do with their heroin every day. It’s just… they go to somebody on the
street corner with dope and I was going to my doctor and he was writing me
the prescriptions. I’ve never met Dr. Osborne
personally myself. My mother went through him for
about a year before she died.He knew she was using other
drugs, street drugs.
He was warning her,telling her that he wouldn’t
give her any medication next
time
if she tested positive again,but, I mean, he would
still increase it. He just kept giving it to her. There’s a need for
prescription medication and we get that. The problem is,
where does that end? Where does that need
change to a want? I remember I had shoulder
surgery, and I remember convincing
the doctor to give me more and then going in about
a month later and him just writing a
prescription liberally for the next three months,
and I wasn’t in pain anymore, but the excitement that I got that the doctor was giving me
refills on my pain medication meant that all summer long I was going to be able
to abuse these. If you have one doctor who
goes sideways and he’s writing 30 or 40 opiate-based prescriptions
per day for people, he’s doing tremendous damage. Dr. Albert Yeh, who practiced
medicine in Nevada, would come to Arizona,
specifically in Mohave County, for one day a week.During that one day week
period of time,
seven-hour span,he would see hundreds
of patients.
And it quickly became apparent
that what was going on
was massive prescriptions
being written
and put into our Arizona
community. I mean, these are our kids,
these are our neighbors. There are consequences
for this, and it is heartbreaking when you meet the families
and the parents or attend the funerals. I started a group called GRASP
and the purpose of GRASP is for parents who have lost
their children to addiction. I remember after
he passed away my oldest daughter saying, “Not only did I lose
my brother-“I lost part of my parentsbecause you’ll never
be the same again,”
and so my daughters were
immensely affected by losing their brother
that’s their only brother. I’ve been to 11 rehabs. I’ve been to prison twice. I have lost countless
amount of friends.I have lost my integrity.I’ve lost my self-worth.Most of all, I’ve lost the
relationship with my family at some point where they
stopped trusting me. These are some of the pictures
from 2001, Brett’s senior year in
high school.We had just become aware that
there was a drug problem
the day before our oldest son
got married.
Brett was the best man
in the wedding, and Brett had overdosed
that day, and Janice had to call 9-1-1,and people came out and
resuscitated him.
We had just like the best and
the worst of days ever.
This is the photo
that was taken at my oldest son’s rehearsal,
the day before his wedding,and it was the day after
Brett had overdosed.
This is a disease.This is a horrific disease
that needs to be treated, can be treated. Recovery does happen. And so I want there to
be some hope.And I think in the long run
if you’re able to survive it,
you come out a stronger, more
compassionate person. I think as a parent you can
always love your child no matter what the
situation is. And then to find the best help
and professionals and experts in places where they can make
the right decisions, where they can get the
assistance they need.BROCK BEVELL: If an individual
is willing to come here,
they’re at rock bottom because they have to give up
six months of their life. They don’t just get to
continue with their jobs.They have to make a commitment.My goal is to replace
their addiction
with something bigger
and better.
They have to come in and say,“I have an issue,
I have a problem,
“I have to admit what
I’m doing wrong, I have to submit.” And that’s what I’m seeing-
I’m seeing a lot of hope.RADIO SHOW: Daybreaker Rex
Chapman back here with you,
on the Texas Roadhouse
countdown to the tip-off show.
Their athletes just aren’t as
big as our athletes,
not as good basketball players
as our athletes.REX CHAPMAN: I was 32,
but my body was–
I had started getting hurt
right away in the NBA.
I missed, I don’t know,
two or 300 games over my 12-year career.I was given painkillers-you know, you’re given them
after every surgery you have.
I’d never taken them, ever,
until my last surgery.I had an emergency
appendectomy
and never played anymore after
that, I was gonna retire.
You know, ten more games
the season was gonna be over
and this doctor put me
on OxyContin for an appendix surgery. I took the medicine,
and I can pretty much say, from the first time I took
my first OxyContin, I was in love with it.DR. DAN QUAN: The first step,
I think,
is to educate medical
practitioners
like me and my colleaguesto not prescribe opiates
just for everything,but to change our whole
expectation,
whether it’s from
the patient side to the practitioner side, that maybe you don’t
need opiates for every pain that
you would have and that’s going
to fix everything. I think as a society we need
to make some changes. I mean, we need to make some
very strong changes as far as prevention,
education, and treatment. I mean, we can arrest these
people all day long and put them in jail. That’s not going to fix
their problem.It’s going into suburban
America.
It’s getting-it’s hitting kids younger,
and younger, and younger.
It’s not getting the attention
that it deserves. And it’s not getting
the attention that it so desperately needs
to save lives. To the doctors who are abusing
these products or are part of these
drug dealers that are trying to use the law
or a regulation to run cover for them, not only are we going
to fix that, but we’re going to find
you as well. We have to change the way that
we demand medical care in this country. We have to change the fact that we want a pill for
everything. And until we do that
as a society, this problem’s not
going to change. I wish I would have known more
about prescription drugs. You have to learn how
to live differently. And every single day I have to
learn how to live differently.Zach… he is everybody’s son,
everybody’s grandson…
everybody’s nephew. If he were here, he’d tell me,
“Madre, it’s okay, I got this.” It’s what he would
always tell me. But he didn’t-
he doesn’t. So, I got this for him.

100 comments

  1. The biggest thing imo to do is DON'T MIX DRUGS. Dont mix pain pills with anything. Get checked first before you take something else. Mixing drugs can be deadly and once a doctor sees that you're abusive, they'll cut you off. Now you're hooked. What next? Heroin? No you should realize you are out of control and get help. Dont start shooting up heroin. Duh!!!

  2. We are killing people with prescription drugs? Fucking bullshit! It’s synthetic opioids and heroin that are killing people!

  3. so what about me a lupus patient who is in constant pain i can't get treated cause others are weak gtfoh

  4. why when i was in a cs i was prescribed with oxy but i tried to skip the dose cuz it makes me feel throw up and dizzy. i would just ignore my staples just not to drink those meds. why do they like that feeling. its not even good.

  5. They are trying to put all the blame on Doctors here & it is big Pharma who started all this & is why the federal Goverment sued Purdue Pharma for 650 million & won.They were sued for their execs lying about their oxi medicine being non additive or the chance of becoming additive to their oxy's very low.

  6. Doctors can ween addicted babys off of opioids,it is better than pregnant mothers going threw withdraw while pregnant which is sure to cause a miscarriage.The best thing over all is just to not become addicted.

  7. What is the percentage of deaths due to Pills vs. Heroin or Illegal drugs? These reports are 10 years old at least. Here, in Florida, there are no doctors writing prescriptions like they used to. Deaths now are due to heroin, fentanyl, etc.

  8. This is a good example of very bad journalism. Manipulating the viewer using emotional pain in place of fact based education. Walter Cronkite would be disappointed.

  9. It’s sad to say but I know all theses stories!! It was my life, my story!!😢 I’m getting help and doing better🙏🏽🙏🏽🙏🏽 to everyone and there love ones

  10. people! just because a doctor prescribes these,does not mean it is automatically OK to stay on them!! duh

  11. horse lady,had no bz taking more than prescribed on bottle and doc should only give a couple weeks and see how you do

  12. Valium and diazepam is the same thing, lady. And the couple on here are hillbillies. They look like white trash. She looks like she is a druggie. Where was she getting the oxy from??!! "Giving doctors the ability to prescribe them." Well, who else is supposed to??!! And what idiot takes 26 pills in 2 hours??!! This woman did not overdose. If she did, she would be dead. Why was she not taken to the hospital? Xanax is not an opiate. It is nothing. Just because you lose your insurance does not mean you cannot pay cash for your pills.

  13. This doctor was wrong but that rat is a low life. Doc was ok as long as he met that rats needs.  Now he's busted so he seeks the easy way out. Let the detectives find out their info on their own. Cops don't rat on each other.

  14. There are people who experience excruciating chronic pain who need opioids/ opiates. Making it harder for these people to get the pain relief they need is cruel. They shouldn't have to suffer because some Dr's have been too loose with prescription pads. For instance you don't give Vicodin to someone for a cut that needs stitches (an example I've seen). There are people out there in chronic pain who are turning to heroin because doctors are stopping their scripts do to the "opioid crisis". They end up overdosing on heroin because there is no doctor to monitor how much they are taking, no reliability when it comes to potency, and no telling what it's been laced with. Many don't care if the heroin kills them, because life isn't worth living for them if they have to live with the pain.

  15. Whether they be medical students, physicians, professors, investors or taxi drivers geographically there is terrorism and drug epidemics wherever there are huge influxes of Indians & Pakistanis who invariably control all people of Indian Subcontinental and Middle Eastern descent.

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  16. The doctor got me hooked , Did he shove it down your mouth? Did he teach how to cook & shoot? No you did that. Junkie die its what they do.

  17. Fuck these people hope you burn in hell this medication helps depression helps pain calms ppl down stop complaining all you tweaker lately and law enforcement don’t know shit it’s person fault and if ppl had the amount pills they need people would be okay making people suffer and spend all money on street pills and heroin fuck you people

  18. This is a screwed up world we live in why Not let people feel good huh rather make people suffer omg I hate

  19. Opiates are dangerous, if not taking them properly or taking them for other reasons than they were intended. I wonder, if we take 100 people that are using heroin because they were cut off from pain medication, how many have valid chronic pain and how many just want to keep using because they want to get high? So many people that have valid pain, documented maladies, MRI’s, blood tests, X-Rays and so on, and treat them properly. And then, the people that don’t have a valid reason, be treated for addiction. Most doctors will not prescribe medication at all, because of fear of the DEA taking their license. So now, the patient with valid reasons for needing opiates to have any quality of life, will have to turn to heroin so they can function. That is so wrong. Yet, that’s the case. And it’s pathetic. How about take each patient and deal with them properly, rather than take all patients who need opiates and treat them all as junkies and addicts. It’s a bunch of bullshit.

  20. …………THE GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN ""PHUCKING"" OVER BLACK PEOPLE FOR HUNDREDS OF YEARS,…..BLACK PEOPLE HAVE BEEN GOING THOUGH IT FOR DECADES………WELL…..WELCOME TO THE CLUB……….

  21. I get so sick of people who get a prescription and abused it .grow up there are so many people who don't abuse drugs if I broken arm or have a tooth infection ECT or long turn chronic pain i should not have to suffer because of a couple of bad seeds.people are really dying from heroin that's the main one,not pills .

  22. A doctors cares about the people he's treating for pain so the people blame him and everyone else because you can't control what you put in your mouth. Look in the mirror I feel sorry for everyone here but you are responsible for your self.

  23. I ubderstand the dea guy saying they are always going to chase the first high….maybe for a bit…but then it becomes you need it just to feel normal……not even thinking of the high….just had to avoid the detox….

  24. not everybody gets this euphoric part from the pain meds…yes many do but I know a lot that dont….they wish they did..but they just dont….it works on their pain nothing else…

  25. People do not just decide to turn to heroin it's because it has become impossible to find a doctor who is not to afraid to prescribe someone pain meds and so they turn to the only option available.

  26. So it was so massive he only got 4 years. So what about the countless people who died because of what he started but yet you give a life sentence or 15 to 20 years for a low level dealer who probably is just selling to use.

  27. 5:20 – Nobody ever says "Oh, my kid started with beer, and of course it never stops at beer!" (Or Cigs, or Tylenol PM, or Acid!) I lose any respect or sympathy for people who demonize cannabis, which not only medicinally saves millions of lives, but helps millions of drug addicts all over the world get off all the toxic deadly shit!!

  28. 22:00 – FIRST the govt forces us chronic pain debilitated patients to go in EVERY MONTH to get every refill in person, THEN they persecute us by accusing the Drs of 'filling 20-30 scripts a day!' I have a PA who does nothing but see pain patients every day to do a pee test & refill meds for the Dr!!

  29. NO SYMPATHY. This is an excuse fest. DON'T TAKE THE FUCKING PILLS.

    Just because you are prescribed something doesn't mean you need to take it. I have had several surgeries and the fuck scumbag doctors prescribed me pain meds. I flushed them all because I'm not a fucking moron.

    If you CHOOSE to take that first pill then you CHOOSE to be an addict.

  30. Please stop saying you lost him. He committed suicide. my brother is dead. Same thing. Drugs. They made choices. They were not yours. Move on.

  31. Pregnant women who are addicted to Opioids are better to go on low doses of methadone rather than keep using or going cold turkey.Going cold turkey off Opioids puts extreme stress on the human body & a pregnant lady going cold turkey would be more likely to have a miscarriage or still born than going on low dose of methadone or any other drug or non-drug like (The Bridge) that takes away the withdrawal.

  32. I have used oxycodon 5mg (max 6X a day but I only took 3X) short and 2x 10mg extended relief in combination with 2 x 10 mg extended relief Morphine for the night….Yes this was a little much…but I took this when I was just out of the Hospital for kidney surgery and when I got out of the Hospital for 4 days still with a Double J catheter in my urine tract and hurting from that thing and bleeding….I got a call my Dad collapsed and was in the ICU and he Died 2 days later….So yes the drugs helped me trough the first weeks of Psysical Pain and be able to take care for the funeral…..But I never got HIGH from them!!!! Never ever felt any type of HIGH at ALL!!!
    I tapered of the most of the Oxy myself and talked with my GP for Pain Management a couple of weeks ago, because I wanted off the pills….but I still NEEDED them for REAL PAIN because I have Ehlers Danlos Syndrome with Fibromyalgia and Arthrose in hips and back and neck…
    And now I'm on a Fentanyl Pain Patch of 25 ugh and bye bye Oxy!!! I only take 1 10mg Morphine at nights when I have had a very rough day….but that is only 1 or 2 times a week!!!
    So If I can do this on my own….why are there soooooo many addicts???
    It is also a set of mind…and not blaming your doctor for Prescribed…so I can get HIGH LEGALLY!!!! And then become addicted and when you're Doctor says No More Pills and then turn and get hooked on street drugs….WTF????

  33. This is b***** 1% of bad doctors and bad patients who created the problem for all of us who are chronic pain patients into legitimately need the medication and it's growing harder and harder for us to be able to get treatment so more and more of us are turning to suicide

  34. I WISH YOU GUYS WOULD STOP SAYING OH BECAUSE i took pain pills now of course lets go buy crack!! ARE YOU FREAKING KIDDING ME Yes there is weak and strong people. AND STOP SAYING THESE PILLS ARE WHAT IS KILLING YOUR A LIE ITS THE FAKE PILLS. I TOOK OXY FOR MY PAIN AND WHEN I HAD NO MORE I PUT ON MY BIG GIRL PANTS BUT SURELY DID NOT GO LOOKING FOR NO STREET DRUGS.

  35. And so I am going to be crippled and immobile because I will suffer while these folks just run around and get whatever they want and get high while I'm going to be in so much pain I can't enjoy life because they are junkies! Awesome what a stunning plan. Just remember everyone who ODs on heroin and fentanyl are the fault of pills, Drs, and pharmaceutical corporations! It's a disease you know like you caught a cold if only you decided not to have a cold. No personal responsibility, not now, not ever. It has to be someone else's fault! Wow, really these people will never be well.

  36. So many lies so little time. It's the new narrative now a days. When there is a mass suicide from people who were cut off because of these folks wanting to party who will sympathize with their family? Not a damn one that's who. The figures they give is just a lie. 42000 folks died in 2016 out of 250 to 300 million that works out to .0013 percent so who's jivin who? It terrible for families to lose a member but so is taking away pain meds from folks that need them. When the naysayers get in an auto accident or have some kind of dibilitating disease mabey they will see.

  37. You know I can't believe that every single person that is hooked on pills and drugs got hooked for the first time from a prescription pills that also had to start are here it from someone are somewhere it's just hard to believe I think maybe a family member gave them thier fist pill but they weren't hooked yet than some kind of accident happens and we're prescribed than they say that's how I got hooked not everyone just can't be blaming all this on doctors it's not the doctors fualt are the prescription fualt at all it's the person that choose to get hooked the doctor wasnt forcing no one to keep coming in and get pills no doctors have hearts n they believed thier patients were in pain this is just rediculos people say they are doing drugs because thiers no where else to go to turn no that's a bull shit lie how do they buy the drugs with money they could of choosing to do something good with thier money no one was high when they first started they new what they were getting thierselfs into people need to stop blaming the doctors and prescription it's the people that are abusing the prescription not the prescription on the person

  38. It's not an epidemic it's a war. A drug war just turn your back and let the cops handle these medical issues. Just give us your wallet cause we need to build more prisons oh and we need to have your kids too. Just to make sure the prisons are big enough. Everyone's a junkie now.

  39. When if you did it was the heroin for, or when it was on a valium from the one? Can to know if it does happen for…

  40. They are simply killing the pain patient plain and simple. That's why the suicide rate is so high. That's why deaths by prescriptions are so high. The people get one week supposedly I has to last for for 4 weeks and they have to take it all. we need to address the problem all right we need to get the government off our backs reducing our pain medication to near-zero . This is just propaganda . Addiction addiction addiction . What about treating pain . Depopulation by the elites. What else could it be?

  41. When are the taxpayers going to realize that its much cheaper to open clinics that can prescribe suboxone. You dont get it. Run the numbers. I did. Most people want help to get off the drugs. But no. You keep paying for the jail time. The crime. If they worked they would pay taxes. How many hospital bills go unpaid? People on the streets? Most want help. Run the numbers. Its simple math. You chould give suboxone away for free. And be millions ahead of the game. But no. The taxpayers keep footing the bill.

  42. Suboxone. Make it free. If it cuts down the problem by 1/3. Is it worth it? You people dont get it. They dont want to go through WD. Suboxone. FIX IT. Its simple.

  43. STOP punishing legitimate chronic pain patients with this deluded misleading "opioid crisis "…. the overdoses are caused primarily by ILLICIT heroin and non pharmaceutical fentanyl …STOP PUNISHING CPP's for the bs "opioid crisis " which has NOTHING to do with these suffering chronic pain patients..STOP lying to the people of the USA.

  44. 05:33 damn, her mum really wanted be k.o…
    I mean, wtf? She took 'a few 15mg oxycodon" I don't know what a few means in, but hey…her mum took these, she also took Valium and chew on a fuckin Fenta patch? Wow,why TF

  45. You never know who will fall victim to the opiates spell, some people legitimately have no problems with opiates

  46. They forget to say most deaths are fentanyl related. They want to say pain pills kill. But most deaths are heroin and fentanyl mi x. Others are. Psych meds and pain killers mix. I hate that they put most of u as in a screwed up mix. This show makes it out as pills. Kill, in all cases. But its cheaper to get herion a nd its mixed with fentanyl.i. hate this type movie

  47. Cops talk about what they see they don’t realize that there are just as many people out there that take this meds with no problem it’s people that abuse these meds that causes people that need not to be able too get them believe me anyone of these people could need them at anytime in there life

  48. If there’s people out there that don’t need these meds and want off them there is ways too get off these meds without withdrawals educate yourself there’s all kind of non opioid meds that can stop withdrawals

  49. I so sick of people Saying that we Americans consume 90% of the pain meds other countries have pain reliever that people get without a prescription we just write everything down

  50. BS…..this made up "opioid crisis" is false, as 99% of overdose deaths are from illicit heroin & Fentanyl overdoses. Only 1% of legit pain management patients, overdose, and that is usually purposeful suicide, being tired of the pain. In Las Vegas, a military veteran was denied being able to see his pain management doctor, this he shot the office, the staff, then himself. Pain destroys lives, more then idiots who CHOOSE to become addicted or solicit street drugs. Let them OD, it is their choice. Saving them, just allows them the "invincibility" complex, that even if they OD, someone with Narcan can save them, this increasing overdose deaths. The only way to stop illicit drug use: allow these idiots to overdose & die…users then, may take it more seriously. But don't punish decent human beings with job related, accidents, military vets, to suffer in agony, because druggies who CHOOSE to die.

  51. Emergency appendix surgery , I received pain killers , in hospital, right b4 surgery & that was it , no more after that , u dont get prescribed nothing for pain , after appendix surgery, around here

  52. EXCUSES,ADD SOME CHEESE w/ALL WHINING! DIDN'T THINK NOTHING ABOUT IT WHN IT WAS WHYTES FLOODING BLACK COMMUNITIES w/GUNS/DRUGS.CRIMINALIZED THOSE PEOPLE, THREW US N JAIL!THREW AWAY THE KEYS!PAYBACK & RECOMPENSE IS JUSTICE!WOULDN'T EVEN OFFER TREATMENT,COUNSELING,CARE.NOTHING! NOW THE CHICKENS HOME!

  53. OTHERS COULDN'T GET NO HELP FORTHEIR PAIN..BUT WHYTES GOT WHATEVER THEY WANTED.. THE MOST HIGH WAS MERCIFUL..SINCE THE DOCTORS WEREN'T (WE THOUGHT)..BUT HE WAS PROTECTING HIS CHOSEN..& BOOMERANGING DESTRUCTION TO ESAU/EDOM/IDUMEA..JUST LIKE HE SAID HE WOULD! ALL PRAISES TO THE MOST HIGH YAH! HALLELUYAH!

  54. YEP! KINDA HARD NOT TO GET HOOKED ON 'EM..HOW 'BOUT DAT? NOTICE HOW THEY ALL HV PAIN, INJURY OR SOME OTHER BULL SHIT? BLAMING THE DOCTOR..ALL THE WHILE "LOVING" THE WAY THOSE DRUGS MADE THEM FEEL! "INNER-CITY" IS CODE FOR BLACK & OTHER MINORITIES.. THEN AGAIN, "SUBURBAN" CODE FOR GOOD OL NEANDERTHAL WHYTE FOLKS! NOW THEY ALL WANT US TO BE "INVOLVED & INCLUDED" IN THE CRAP THEY MANUFACTURED! ONLY 145-195 OF "SUBURBANS" KICKING OFF PER DAY NOW 2019..TOOK LESS THAN 2yrs FOR JUSTICE TO RUN DOWN LIKE WATER!

  55. oxycodone is a great pain reliver , what kill is when the addict start to mix a cocktail of xanas, Valium , lots of Alcohol then the xanas put him to sleep and the breathing shut down , no air to the Brain , Dead in sleep .

  56. Addicts who are recovering and has some years on their belt are some of the most resilient people they have lived a real life having to overcome real hardships this is why there will always be many who can’t overcome their addiction

  57. Doctors are business men what a disgusting comment maybe the doctor's that prescribed the drugs for bussness should whatch the pain they caused

  58. this guy at 6:00 is a bull shit artist. The medical field is full of ignorant bottom of the barrel mds. Put that together with an ignorant patient who usually has a TEMPORARY pain and there you go. Like the age old saying; "BUYER BEWARE". BTW I am on disability for a severe degenerative spine disease that causes pointy bone formations to jab into my spinal chord. I can barely walk for the pain but NO ONE has offered me heroin (Opioids). I will undergo surgery after lengthy research on hospitals Long Island Jewish most likely) and the best surgeon.

  59. After reading these comments I realized ya'll don't see it! OPEN your eyes! Pain clinics start poppin' up 10 -15 years ago. Afganistan produces 98% of the opium since the U.S. has been there. Soldiers guarding opium fields from the taliban who burn them down. It doesn't take a genius to see when a community of 3800 people have two friggin' pain clinics there's gonna be problems. WAKE UP AMERICA!

  60. Womp womp bullshit addicts need to pull themselves up by their bootstraps take responsibility. Welcome to a Brave New World they should go to prison Sounds crazy right but 25 yrs ago crack put in the inner cities by this government treated these addicts like the scourges of the planet gave them ass full of time took their kids away tore families apart and now that middle amerikkka white people are addicts we are told to have empathy well ain’t that a bitch I say Karma is real I got 28 yrs clean and sober i stop blaming everyone else .no one made the 14 yr old to get high the older mom who took pain meds and valium and fentanyl didn’t do it by mistake she did it to get high the guy who squealed on the Drs was no innocent either. So just stop with the BS

  61. I see stuff like this and realize just how blessed I really am. When I was in college 20yrs ago, I had an abscess that was so bad that it blew up one side of my face. Sitting in the ER at about 2am crying in pain, the doc gave me 2 Percocet along with a scrip for 20 percs and 7 days of antibiotics. I had no idea about Percocet. I just wanted my face to stop hurting. Needless to say the percs put me out. In the middle of a conversation telling my best friend I made it home, I passed out mid sentence. I found a dentist the next day and I was told to come in to get a script to last me until my appointment. He said don't fill it unless I had to. By the time the abscess was taken care of, I had developed a crush on old perco. Looking back, was there something else he could've done? The infection is what caused the pain so couldn't I have received an antibiotic shot and 800mg ibprophen? Yes, the shit hurt like hell and I was so grateful that night to get something to stop the pain so fast. But that ride is something you never forget. It seemed to take away the emotional pain as well. I just hated the vomiting when it 1st hit. That's probably what saved me. There should be levels to this shit. Why did I get thrown straight to the wolves? I had a virgin system, there were many options. I flipped my car 3x about 10yrs ago and now my spine is crooked. I refuse to take anything stronger than tramadol. I new a girl younger than me who needed oxy's so bad she would snort them. That shit had never even crossed my mind. My prescriptions were $2 no matter what back then with blue cross & blue shield. Now people will spend up to $20 for 1 oxy! I can't do it. I just thank God for what ever he put inside me that kept me from going any further than I did.

  62. It is totally out of line that normal people shall suffer pain because of weak souls that are mentally ill, and can't control themselves, you wouldn't give mentally ill people access to a weapon, when you know their background, the same should happen when you hand out strong pain medicine.

  63. My mother abused prescription pills and fentanyl most of my childhood, every form of abuse you can imagine besides death occurred by her hands and her absence of mind. I'll never be as I should, but I'm fighting it, and forever will be.

  64. I agree that there are a lot of people who are dying from opioid overdose…but they are choosing to get whacked out by taking a drug that most of them WERE NOT prescribed…but they were the ones who made a choice…now the war on drugs is NOT working as planned…people who are suffering incredible unrelenting pain are not allowed to be prescribed ANYTHING that helps with relieving their suffering and they are giving up and they are taking measures to end their pain by committing suicide…I know of 3 people who were suffering horrible pain but they were treated like drug seeking criminals when they tried to get a doctor to help them with the medication they had been taking for years and it helped them to get out of bed and "live" until their medication's were taken away.. their doctors and pharmacists were targeted and threatened by the government agencies who have been dictating to their doctors exactly how they can help their patients…
    Now the death rate is soaring and surpassing the number of deaths from opioid overdoses….
    3 people i knew are dead after they gave up and they had no way out of their pain

  65. As I was watching another YouTube video earlier on this same topic, one of the physicians they interviewed stated that a part of the opioid problem had to do with the fact that doctors who do not work in the field of pain management are given less education on how to properly prescribe narcotic medication to chronic pain patients than the amount of education that veterinarians receive on the topic. Therefore, many physicians are flying by the seat of their pants when prescribing narcotics which oftentimes results in them over prescribing in terms of dosage and prescribing them for longer periods of time than what is recommended to reduce the chance of a patient becoming addicted. Then along came the Government deciding that America has an opioid problem and putting physicians in a position to where they were essentially threatened with losing their license for writing prescriptions for narcotic meds, causing them to panic and just abruptly stop the narcotic meds with no warning to their patients and without properly weaning them off the meds, which is actually quite dangerous depending on a patients other health issues. This of course resulted in the patient seeking to buy narcotics off the street to avoid the God awful withdrawal symptoms. Pills on the street are so expensive that so many then turned to Heroin which is much cheaper and that has put us where we are now. If they are not properly trained on how to effectively prescribe narcotics then I'm sure they were not trained on how to properly wean a patient off of narcotics in such a way as to minimize any withdrawal symptoms. If physicians had taken the time to gradually lower the dosage that a patient takes each day, reducing their meds slowly over a period of weeks, then following that by giving them a medicine such as Clonidine which has been proven to be very successful in detoxification then we wouldn't have jumped straight out of the frying pan into the fire and didn't really solve a damn thing. Just changed from an opioid problem to a heroin problem. There are many people who suffer from legitimate pain and have no quality of life whatsoever without the use of narcotic medication.. Not everyone was taking narcotics looking to get high or sell to make money off of which was the implication made by a number of politicians.. Those people are now left to suffer and it didn't have to be done this way. Each case is different and should have been evaluated by the patients physician as such, rather than having them just go in and suddenly take pain meds from all their patients at once and then not even trying to do it the right way to avoid having all these people suffering to where they would do just about anything to get rid of the withdrawal symptoms

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