Can Drugs of Abuse Kill My Loved One?
Drugs have real potential for serious harm. Drug abuse ruins lives, families, and can kill you or a loved one. Drugs of abuse, alone or in combination, it makes no difference if they are illicit drugs or legal prescriptions, they can and will kill you. The death toll from drug addiction grows each year.
Think Twice, You Only Die Once
Prescription pain relievers are a growing drug problem in the United States. Used correctly under a doctor’s care, they are effective and can be quite safe. But once they are abused or mixed with other drugs or alcohol, they can become deadly. Even certain over-the-counter medications can pose life-threatening situations. If you or a loved one are abusing drugs, prescription or illegal, you should seek help immediately. An addiction can be treated and life can be happy and drug-free again.
There are certain drugs to be more cautious of than others. Prescription painkillers are addictive, but never were they thought to be the drug of choice. That has changed in recent years and prescription painkillers are now one of the most popular drugs for those who abuse drugs. Known as opioids, they commonly contain morphine or codeine. Common painkillers that contain these substances are:
- Tylenol with codeine
- Vicodin, Norco, or Hydrocodone
These drugs also have common street names such as ac/dc, blue, 40, 80, coties, demmies, dillies, hillbilly heroin, oc, oxycotton, oxy, percs, or vics. Whatever they are called, they all are killers when abused. If you know someone who abuses these substances or any illegal drug, know the signs and symptoms of an overdose, which can precede death.
- Slow breathing (less than 10 breaths in a minute)
- Pinpoint pupils
- Passing out, nodding off, or being overly tired
- Not caring about anything (apathy)
- Cold, clammy skin
Many times people mistake someone who passes out as being drunk, but if you cannot wake the person, it is usually a sign of trouble and you should seek help. If you think a friend or loved one has overdosed on drugs or alcohol, call 911 for help. Someone who cannot wake up can suffer brain damage, go into a coma, or even die.
Getting into Treatment
Addiction is a type of living death for the addict and those around him. Try to talk to the person about getting help through rehabilitation. The qualified professionals at Best Drug Rehabilitation will offer help, advice, and customize a treatment plan so you or your loved one can regain control of life.
Rehabilitation treatment centers can offer the experience it will take to recover from drug addiction. Whether the abused drugs are painkillers, depressants such as Xanax or Vicodin, alcohol, or street drugs such as cocaine, heroin, or marijuana, drug addicts should seek immediate help. A large enough dose of any drug could tell the brain to stop breathing.
Americans consume more than 60 percent of all illegal drugs in the world, and 95 percent of all untreated addicts will die from their addiction. Approximately half of all state prison inmates admit they were under the influence of drugs or alcohol when they committed the crime that put them in prison. While more than 23 million people need alcohol and drug treatment, only a small percentage seek help.
Unfortunately, because of these kinds of statistics, many addicts will die prematurely, up to 26 years earlier than they normally would have. Many will die and cause other people to die in traffic accidents that are alcohol-related or in crimes they were involved in. Alcohol is a dangerous drug and it is as addictive as many illicit drugs. Unfortunately, children of addicts and alcoholics are four times more likely to become addicted.
Many people die from the violent behavior that is attributed to drug and alcohol abuse. Violence due to alcohol or drugs is responsible for 49 percent of murders, 52 percent of rapes, 21 percent of suicides, and 60 percent of child abuse. Addiction rates are highest between the ages of 18 and 29.
Don’t be fooled. Any kind of drugs and alcohol will kill. In fact, alcohol and drugs are some of the leading causes of death and injury among all adults and teenagers. These facts may be scary, but that is all the more reason to seek help for yourself or a loved one who is addicted.
We Can Help
Life can be saved and turned around with the right treatment center and the professional help necessary to overcome the addiction. The first step is to seek help and advice from support groups, law enforcement, counselors, clergy, or close friends. Whether you decide on a residential facility or outpatient treatment plan, getting help to break the cycle of addiction is your first step toward living again. Best Drug Rehabilitation Services can find and recommend the treatment plan that is best for you or your loved one needing help, guidance, counseling, and support.