The most dangerous drugs are sometimes the most readily available to us. When it comes to the highly addictive opioid Demerol, doctors put these drugs right in our hands. Demerol (also known as pethidine) serves the same purpose as morphine as a pain killer, but how we process it differently can make it more toxic. Because prescription drugs are controlled more tightly than illicit drugs, Demerol addiction and abuse can come as a surprise. It is important for those who are prescribed Demerol to monitor their own behavior for signs of Demerol addiction and abuse.
Signs of Demerol Addiction or Abuse
Do not hesitate to request rehab treatment for Demerol if you or someone you know shows any of these signs:
- Requesting Demerol specifically at the doctor
- Purchasing the drug illegally
- Forging prescriptions
- Frequent or false trips to the emergency room in hopes of getting pain killers
- Crushing pills before swallowing, snorting, or injecting them
- Combining Demerol with alcohol or other prescription drugs
- Lying about how much of the drug they are taking
- Looking through multiple doctors who prescribe loosely or can duplicate prescriptions
The physical symptoms resemble those of all opioids:
- urinary retention
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On top of that there are some precautions to be taken if you have any kind of breathing or urinary problems, previous injuries or drug addictions, and any other medications that are being used concurrently. Especially avoid alcohol or driving while using Demerol. Michael Jackson’s death, for instance, was caused by Demerol overdose. Not only had he been using Demerol for many years, but he also mixed Demerol with other drugs.
The number of dosage units of pethidine reported lost or stolen in the U.S. increased 16.2% between 2000 and 2003. This can only suggest that prescription control is not perfect and neither is it improving. In order to prevent and deal with Demerol addiction, we must take responsibility for our actions and monitor our own intakes.
For example, Demerol is a pain killer, which does not need to be used unless the pain is overbearing. If the pain is only slightly uncomfortable, you can even skip a dose. The medication is not necessary if you can function normally without it. This kind of thinking will prepare recipients for when they no longer need the drug so that they can easily halt their dependency on it.
If you or a loved one is addicted to Demerol or if you’ve noticed signs for Demerol addiction, abuse, or dependency, we can help. Call White Sands Tampa at 1-877-640-7820 now.