Doctors often prescribe hydrocodone for pain caused by an injury, operation or accident. Most people who follow their doctor's guidelines have no problem stopping hydrocodone. Anyone who uses the drug for a few weeks or more might develop a tolerance, meaning they need higher doses to feel relief. By itself, this doesn't necessarily mean they're addicted. So how do you know if someone is addicted to hydrocodone? Over time they'll start using the drug any time they want to feel better, not just for pain relief. Then the cravings set in. They may take the drug more often than their doctor recommended or in higher doses than prescribed. If they abruptly stop using the drug, they may have symptoms of withdrawal, such as muscle aches, excessive sweating, chills, nausea, mood swings and insomnia -- much like a bad flu.
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Chattanooga police arrested 53-year-old Darren Lopaciuk Wednesday in connection with the pharmacy robbery. Lopaciuk is charged with two counts of aggravated robbery. He is currently awaiting extradition from Dade County back to Hamilton County. Tuesdsay, investigators say the suspect came into the pharmacy and jumped the counter. The suspect told the pharmacist he had a gun, and demanded oxycodone and hydrocodone pills. NewsChannel9 is taking a deeper look into the tremendous changes in pharmacy culture, as the result of many robberies like this one. What used to be to be a quick trip to the drug store is now some Chattanoogans most dreaded errand. One pharmacy customer is so concerned about her safety that she asked us to conceal her identity. "You worry about it more than you worry about going to the bank. I do. It's scary sometimes. It used to be something that you didn't have to think about. You just did what you needed to do. You didn't think about other people's pills and they didn't think about yours. But now you've just got to be careful about even buying cold medicine now." She says she's gets all types of painkillers on a regular basis, but each trip to the pharmacy presents a new dangerous situation. Even those filling those powerful prescriptions are taking extra precautions. Pharmacist Phil Smith tells us "pharmacies are having to set certain guidelines that are required to fill a prescription. Before that, we had people coming in from Florida, Georgia, Alabama, and Kentucky coming to get oxycodone." But, Billie Boggess tells NewsChannel9 that she gets her pain killers the safest way that she knows how. "A lot of people like me are getting their medication by mail. I get my pharmacy to ship it in to me. They bring it right to my door and I sign for it." Beginning this week the federal government has placed new restrictions on hundreds of medicines that contain hydrocodone. Patients will be limited to one, 90-day supply of medication and will then have to see a health care professional to get a refill. by Mikaya Thurmond
Jeremiah McKee was a normal teenager who made a bad decision that changed his life forever. He overdosed on drugs, didn't receive prompt medical attention, and is now confined to a bed. His story is a warning for parents and teens about the dangers of drug abuse.
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What if you were injured and developed severe pain that wouldn't go away? Would your government let you take the kind of pain medication you need? If federal officials follow the recommendation of a Food and Drug Administration panel, many of the most effective prescription painkillers—including Vicodin, Percocet, and countless generics—would be banned. Scott Gardner says that kind of a move would be "intensely cruel." "I took Vicodin for three years," says Gardner. "I needed it. It got me through a very tough period of my life." The tough period began after a cycling accident shattered the left side of his body. After eight surgeries and countless hours of physical therapy, Gardner's once active life is now filled with limitations. He suffers from chronic pain that prevents him from sleeping more than a few hours at a time, and yet his pain today is nothing compared to the agonizing days and months following his accident. "When there's nothing but pain, there's no reason to live," says Gardner. "There were times where the only way I could stay sane and civil was because I could take painkillers." The fear of addiction and abuse already makes many suspicious of pain medication. Media reports about celebrities like Rush Limbaugh or Matthew Perry suggest that it's common for people to become addicted to medications they once took for legitimate medical conditions. And countless public service announcements remind us of the dangers of prescription drug abuse. Now the old fear of prescription drug abuse takes a new twist. The FDA panel is targeting drugs like Vicodin and Percocet because they contain acetaminophen, a popular painkiller also found in many over-the-counter drugs. Panel members warn that some Americans ingest too much acetaminophen, and overdoses can lead to liver damage, even death. But maybe the FDA panel isn't putting this threat into context. After all, mundane threats like falling down stairs claim more lives than acetaminophen overdoses. And it turns out the more common fear—that patients will become addicted to prescription drugs—is also overblown. In fact, the barrage of warnings we hear about prescription drugs obscures an important point—people saddled with severe chronic pain need these painkillers. Says Gardner, "I think people who haven't dealt with pain don't really know what it's like." "Don't Get Hurt" is written and produced by Ted Balaker, who also hosts. The director of photography is Alex Manning, the field producer is Paul Detrick and the animation in the piece is from Hawk Jensen. Approximately five minutes. Go to Reason.tv for downloadable versions of all videos, more links, and other related materials.
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