How opioids addiction killed a neighbor
Opioids addiction has robbed me a neighbor, a lively and one of the most highly educated bloke I’ve ever met. When I got news of his demise, I wasn’t surprised but felt the pain, perhaps more than his relatives some of whom had wished to see him gone earlier. His dependency on morphine, codeine, oxycodone and other opioid painkillers over the last half a decade reflected what I already knew about life for people who tend to have poorer health. Especially in the last few months, he struggled to manage chronic pain, a condition that came from having constant migraines and his damaged nerves. In fact, through him i learnt that such chronic pain are often treated with opioid painkillers, an approach that contributes to increased consumption of the drugs and for him, sadly he became an addict.His parents were indeed constantly worried about new drugs being offered to him, while several raids in his house by coppers indicated he was becoming a consumer of opioid beyond recommended levels among other drugs, apart from being a major taker. That move by coppers of dumping him into cells close to convicted robbers didn’t significantly help neither the war on opioids or the addict.At the time, when authorities were releasing him, they said moving toward more stress on prevention and rehabilitation for drug addicts was their key strategy but that didn’t help the bloke.Opioids had become popular recreational drugs that made him energetic, confident and talkative. In fact whenever we could meet in the hood, he could talk matters F1, technology and latest books for more than an hour non stop. Your blogger recalls his words mid last year, “Contador Harrison you wake up and have breakfast. I wake up and have a shot,” he said. “That’s my breakfast.” He was using a high-strength opioid, prescribed by doctors and sold as slow-release patches to relieve him the constant pain.His solution to pain ended up being highly potent.It’s also highly addictive and dependence-producing.
His parents travelled all over the world looking for a drug that could be used to treat his opioids abuse and dependence but instead they got one that prevent the immune system’s response to the opioids, which blocks the rewarding properties of drugs such as morphine and heroin.According to the mother, the problem is, opioid painkillers are often not effective for chronic pain and there are many side effects and risks including dependency, depression, poisoning and even death like the case with her son. The mother noted that, “You never hear of, ‘such and such died of opioids’ on the news,” she says. “But people die from it all the time, and young people die from it.The tragic effects of the opioid misuse seems to have been ignored by mainstream media. “It pains me to death,” says the mother. She knows that opioids drugs are being diverted from those it is prescribed to and used dangerously. “I’ve had three deaths in the last three months in this area alone,” she explained. “I have a woman who is actually going without her medication because her daughter is taking them and selling them.”His mother said that doctors advised reviewing the use of medications to help him develop a plan for their use and also discussed ways of dealing with drowsiness, dizziness, headaches and other side effects. What was needed is for her son to avoid taking too much of the drug as well. The advisor advised warned her son on taking too much of opioid painkillers as it wasn’t likely to relive pain but increases the risk of overdose and death.Not even psychological therapies that were important helped save her son life despite trying treatments like cognitive behavioural therapy, relaxation exercises and mindfulness-based techniques. She also noted that full engagement with health professionals, and extensive discussion in the family about managing his pain, meant her son was aware of potential problems in using opioid painkillers but simply chose to ignore the advise, ultimately costing him life. Although they don’t care, dealers are making big bucks and users are spiralling further into addiction, in silence.