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This guy, James Slingerland, apparently stole his father’s supply of patches after his father, who was being treated at home for end-stage cancer pain, was taken to the hospital. Of course when you’re taken to the hospital, you don’t bring your drugs with you because they give you drugs from the hospital pharmacy.

National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA)

Abuse of drugs and alcohol can also change friendships, as teens begin to move away from old friends who don't approve of their drug use and begin to associate with fellow drug users who will encourage and support one other's drug use. Parents should be very concerned when teens dump one group of friends for another, especially if they are secretive about the new peer group.

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Most teens who are addicted won't see a problem with their behavior or their drug use. Drugs make them feel good, and are a way to relieve the stress of school, problems at home, disagreements with friends, and other pressures of growing up.

01/03/2017 · Prescription drug misuse has become a large public health problem, because misuse can lead to addiction, and even overdose deaths

I was on fentanyl patches for from 2005-2007 It got to where it didn’t help with the pain anymore. I was on the patches bc of recurrent meningitis. I decided that it wasn’t worth it anymore. The pain was still bad and the price was horrible. I told my doctor that I needed help to come off of them. She refused to help. The most she did was write 5 Ativan. She didn’t warn me of anything. That had to have been the most horrible experience in my life. I had every withdrawal symptom you could think of. The restless legs, lethargy, insomnia and even worse pain. But I got through it. I am so angry that my doctor never told me that I could die from this. This drug is so so dangerous and I don’t think people have a clue of how bad it can be. I admire anyone that can come off this drug!!!

National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Trends in Prevalence of Inhalants for Ages 12 or Older, Ages 12 to 17, Ages 18 to 25, and Ages 26 or Older; 2016 (in percent)*

There is a high likelihood that your teen will be exposed to drugs and alcohol, and according to drug statistics from the National Institute on Drug Abuse there is a good chance that your teen will try drugs. Teens as young as 13 have often already tried drugs as powerful as cocaine. Teens might tell themselves they will only try a drug once, but many teens find themselves under continual peer pressure to continue to experiment with drugs and “join the party.”

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Fentanyl is for people with long term chronic pain only. I was on 75 mc gm patches for over a year, but was so allergic to the adhesive that I have been put on OxyContin instead.
What makes me angry is that I was only in my 30’s when I became bedridden with 5 small children who depended on me. The pain was so bad that I begged everyone to help me take my life. Meds like Fentanyl and OxyContin help to give me some relief. I am still unable to get out of bed. However, due to the misuse of these drugs, the AMA and the State Pharmacology Board has made it almost impossible for me to get me meds. At least once every 2 months I have to go 5-8 days with no pain relief because of laws which require me, a bedridden patient, to GO VISIT a special State sanctioned Doctor every 60 days in order to get my medicine.
Thanks a lot to you folks who have misused the only thing on this planet that makes life worth living for me.

Just as you inoculate your kids against illnesses like measles, you can help "immunize" them against drug use by giving them the facts now.

2. Because you ran out of you regular meds early, and called some friend/family member/drug dealer instead of calling your doctor. We have the means to help you provided you follow the rules.