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Thursday, October 30, 2014

MICHIGAN'S OPIATE PRESCRIPTION ABUSE EPIDEMIC

Not too many years ago it became the norm for doctors to much more freely write opiate prescriptions for patients who complain of pain. These drugs include Oxycodone, Oxycontin, Morphine, Opana, Vicodin, etc.

While these drugs, some of which have been around for a long time, are traditionally used for treating pain, the proliferation of prescription writing doctors has grown to alarming levels. Often times patients visit their doctor with valid pain issues which need to be addressed. In turn, they rely in good faith on their doctor to treat them in a conscientious manner. When, take for example, the Vicodin script is filled and the patient who is in pain begins taking the pills, the pain is greatly reduced and all in the world is good once again. After awhile the patient realizes that the same amount of Vicodin does not mask the pain as well as it used to. More pills are taken, often times without the doctors guidance (self medicating) but many times at his direction and with his blessing.

This is where, for many,things begin to go downhill!!

When people begin to chug 3,4,5 Vicodin at a time when they are supposed to be taking one, clearly the risk of overdose and also of opiate dependance rises exponentially (not to mention the devastating effect on the liver it poses). Then of course when the patient simply cannot ingest enough Vicodin to make the pain subside, they search out other more potent opiates and the vicious downward cycle accelerates.

Sometimes the doctor will increase the potency for treatment and prescribe a different drug. This often times only delays the inevitable - opiate dependency.  Many times, however, the doctor determines the the course of treatment should end and then no more scripts - leaving the patient with nowhere to turn but the streets for relief.

When people can no longer fill that $5.00 dollar co-pay and cannot afford paying high street prices for the drugs (e.g. $80.00 dollars for a 80mg Oxycontin), that's when things really start getting ugly. Opiate dependency makes people do things they never in a million years would dream of doing. Prostitution, Armed Robbery, B&E homes are but a few of the dangerous and destructive activities someone will do in order to get drugs to feel better.

There are many options we can investigate to address the legal problems that often times arise as a result of these kinds of activities. Some of these options have, as the end result, dismissal of the charges.

Results like dismissal do not present themselves on a silver platter for us to merely "cherry pick". I am proud to provide a much higher than average level of experience and skill to my clients to reap extraordinary results.

If you are having legal problems as a result of prescription abuse or any other drug abuse please call the Law Office of Martin Lievois in Troy at 248-419-1566 and in Flint at 810-250-4550.

 


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