Prescription Vicodin abuse is the fastest growing medical problem in the U.S. One big reason is that people now have more access to drugs than ever before via online pharmacies. Many sources of pharmaceutical products are suspicious, if not outright illicit. They may be operating somewhere in the gray area, where the lines of the law are blurred. Often, with little more than a valid credit card number, individuals can obtain an unlimited amount of potent and highly addictive opioid painkillers.
Mark, a 35-year-old landscaper from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, shares his very personal story of addiction in hope of helping others win their wars.
He fought that war for years. It could have ended in tragedy. His insights into the trap of prescription Vicodin abuse are powerful. We encourage you to share his candid comments and warnings with a loved one or friend that may need that extra nudge to take a stand against abuse, dependence and addiction. Like a Venus flytrap, painkillers can be enticing…but oh so deadly.
Q: How did you start using Vicodin?
A: I was injured on the job, and the doctor prescribed Vicodin to help ease the pain. I went down to the pharmacy and picked up my hydrocodone – the generic version of the drug. I was a little hesitant to take these pills at first. However, since I was in a lot of pain, I figured I better do what the doctor advised.
Q: How did you respond to the medication?
A: Well, it didn’t help cure my back problem, but it really relieved the pain. I found that I could go back to work, pick up my kids and do just about anything I used to do before I injured myself. I felt like a million bucks, all things considered.
Q: And were there any other reactions to the Vicodin?
A: Oh, yes. Almost from the first time I took the drug, I got a nice little buzz off of it. Nothing too radical, mind you. But, after taking the Vicodin, I was always in a good mood. I was cheerful and feeling like I could take on the world, you know?
Q: And then what happened?
A: I ran out of the drug after about two weeks and noticed that my back had cleared up considerably. I was moving around just fine without the Vicodin. The problem was, I felt like I was really missing the effects of the drug on my mood. It wasn’t like any strong withdrawal symptoms or anything, but there was some kind of “hole” in my life without it.