PRESCRIPTION DRUGS/PAINKILLERS

THE UNCOVERED TRUTH ABOUT THEM By: Dylan Carlson

Definition

A drug or medicine for relieving pain

PAINKILLER FACTS

According to The American Association for the Study of Liver Diseases, 50,000 people per year are treated in an emergency room for serious liver and kidney damage, or even failure, caused by Tylenol and NSAIDS.
In Ohio, fatal OxyContin overdoses more than quadrupled in ten years. It surpassed car crashes as the leading cause of accidental death

Side Effects

  • Constipation
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Addiction
  • Unconsciousness
  • Respiratory depression
  • Increased risk of heart attack
  • Coma
  • Death
  • Slang terms

    How they are ABUSED

    In 2007, 2.5 million Americans abused prescription drugs for the first time, compared to 2.1 million who used marijuana for the first time. Most teens abuse prescription drugs next to marijuana.

    Inspiering Painkiller Stories

    “I didn’t think I had a ‘drug’ problem—I was buying the tablets at the chemist [drugstore]. It didn’t affect my work. I would feel a bit tired in the mornings, but nothing more. The fact that I had a problem came to a head when I took an overdose of about forty tablets and found myself in the hospital. I spent twelve weeks in the clinic conquering my addiction.” —Alex


    “Pretty much as long as I can remember I’ve had highs and lows. I would get easily upset by the littlest things, I would have anger outbursts, or hate someone for no reason at all. For a long while I had thought I was bipolar. I started using drugs last October to help me with my unwanted feelings. But believe it or not, it just made stuff worse! I had to now deal with my addiction and my emotional problems.” —Thomas