Prescription Drug Dangers

Florida, a state once notorious for the frightening ease with which anyone could obtain a legal prescription for powerful narcotics, has cracked down on these pills mills. During a 6 month time period in 2010, there were 1,268 deaths related to prescription drugs in Florida. That is 7 deaths a day. Once a destination for people across the county trying to obtain prescription painkillers, such as Oxycontin and Vicodin, lawmakers and residents have taken steps to make it more difficult for people to obtain these drugs. It raises the question: how did it get so bad in the first place? A combination of unethical doctors, lack of regulations, ignorance surrounding the dangers of prescription pills and no means of tracking these prescriptions provided the ideal conditions for this epidemic to take off.

Current measures taken to fight this trend include making more arrests. However, arresting people for prescription drugs is complicated by the fact that these drugs are legal. While numerous doctors have been arrested for over prescribing these drugs, they can defend their actions by saying that thought that what they were prescribing was appropriate for the level of pain the patient was experiencing. Making arrests is further made more difficult because the drugs can be purchased legally and then distributed illegally.

Increase in prescription drug abuse, particularly opiates, has also been linked to an increase in heroin use. It is a sign of the progression of the disease of addiction. People who may have never done an illicit drug in their life can find themselves addicted to a painkiller that they were legally prescribed and when they run out or if the doctor stops prescribing it to them, they will turn to heroin which produces a very similar high.

People who use prescriptions drugs and combine them with other drugs are in even more danger of overdosing. Prescription drugs, such as benzodiazepines and opiates, slow down breathing and when mixed with alcohol this effect is exacerbated and can lead to death. Also many prescription painkillers contain acetaminophen which when mixed with alcohol can lead to liver problems.

If you are concerned that you or someone you know may have a problem with prescription drugs, you are not alone. The care coordinators at There is a Solution are available 24/7 to answer your questions and work with you to find you the help you needs. You can contact us by calling (800) 832-5250.

How Long Does Oxycontin Stay in Your System?

Oxycontin is a prescription painkiller that is grouped in a class of drugs known as opiates. It is used to treat high levels of chronic pain. In addition to alleviating pain, it can create feelings of extreme relaxation and euphoria. In a high enough dose, it can cause respiratory failure and even death.

How Long Does Oxycontin Stay in your System?

How long Oxycontin stays in your system depends on the type of testing method. It can stay in your urine 3- 4 days and in your saliva 1-4 days. Drug tests rely on gas chromatography/mass spectrometry or liquid chromatography/tandem mass spectrometry  to determine if Oxycontin is in your system. Hair test can test positive for up to 90 days.

However, if you are concerned how long Oxycontin will stay in your system, it could be a sign that you have a problem. If you are using Oxycontin without a prescription or using more than you are prescribed you may want to consider getting help. Trying to determine how long Oxycontin will stay in your system in order to pass a drug test is part of the insanity of addiction. Whether you are trying to pass a drug test for legal, employment or family-related reasons, consider what you stand to lose if you test positive for Oxycontin.  If it is important that you pass a drug test, but find that you cannot stop using or attempt to continuing using as long as possible prior to taking the test, you may want to seek treatment.

The statistics are truly terrifying. According to the Center for Disease Control, 100 people die each day as a result of overdosing. In 2008 there were almost 15,000 deaths as a result of prescription painkillers, such as Oxycontin. That’s an entire college campus. It’s the size of a small town. In 2010, 2 million people reported that at some point in the past year they used prescription painkillers not under the supervision of a doctor for the first time. With such an alarming number of new users, we can only expect to see an increase in the number of overdoses.

There is a Solution is a free service that helps men, women and teens break out of the viscous cycle of addiction and enjoy a life free from the bonds of drugs and alcohol by finding them the help they need. If you are tired of the chaos and pain of addiction and if you want to be able to enjoy life clean and sober, reaching out for help is the first step. Don’t lose another day to addiction—call There is a Solution today at 1-800-832-5250.