Prescription Drugs Increasingly Involved in Overdoses and Deaths

Narconon Review: Arrowhead

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A recent report published in the Journal of the American Medical Association points out what many people already suspected or knew: The prescription drug epidemic of opioid painkillers is causing ever-increasing numbers of accidental overdose deaths.

According to this report, pharmaceuticals were involved in more than half of the 38,329 overdose deaths that occurred in 2010. Many people who take these pills do not recognize that they are just as addictive as heroin. They may seem "legitimate" as they are prescribed by doctors and are sold in pharmacies. Opioid painkillers, such as Vicodin, OxyContin and others were the most common prescription drugs implicated. They were cited in 16,651 deaths, or 44 percent of the total.

When one considers only deaths from prescription drugs, the role of narcotic painkillers becomes even more pronounced. Those drugs, including oxycodone, hydrocodone and others, were involved in three-quarters of the reported overdoses. These statistics actually undercount the actual number of deaths, as a quarter of all death certificates didn't specify the exact drugs involved. This research was conducted by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, which drew data from a national database of causes of death as recorded on death certificates.

The research shows that opioids are the biggest hazard overall, but other drugs including benzodiazepines such as Xanax and Valium, prescribed usually for anxiety, caused approximately 6,500 deaths in 2010. Antidepressants were responsible for more than 4,000 deaths that year.

Overall, the data shows an increase in the accidental overdoses of all these drugs for the past eleven years.

When it Gets Personal, How to Find Help

When someone close to you is addicted to pills or other drugs, it causes pain for the entire family, not just the one who is addicted. Seeing a loved one suffer with addiction to pills and other drugs takes a toll on everyone. If this occurs with your family member, the first and most important thing is to find effective help quickly. Fortunately, in tens of thousands of cases, the family of an addicted person found the Narconon drug and alcohol rehabilitation program before it was too late.

Narconon Provides Effective Rehab Program

Narconon has grown over the past forty-six years from one center in an Arizona State prison to more than fifty rehab centers and more drug education centers on six continents around the world. The program at Narconon is so effective that seventy percent of its graduates find long-lasting sobriety. The comprehensive eight-phase program includes a supervised withdrawal period, the unique Narconon New Life Detoxification Program, as well as several life skills courses. These courses help the addict to regain skills he will need to lead a sober life and enable him to live without resorting to drugs or alcohol again.

Amanda found sobriety at Narconon Arrowhead near Tulsa, Oklahoma. She says her life was in ruins before the Narconon program, that she was losing her house and her family hadn't talked to her for five years. While her previous attempts to kick her prescription pill habit had not been successful, when she came to Narconon, she was able to get through withdrawal in only five days. She said after just three days on the program she found herself laughing, something she wasn't expecting. Amanda realized that her drug abuse wasn't just harming herself, but she was "taking her family down with her."

When she completed the full Narconon program over four years ago, Amanda said she felt really confident "that I can use the tools that were given to me to have a successful life and not go back and use again." She added, "That's the first time I felt that way in over ten years." Amanda said that earlier, "I really felt that I was just a slave to the drugs and I was never going to get out of it." But she did escape this trap and learn to maintain lasting sobriety.

Find out how you can help your family member regardless of what drug they are addicted to. Learn about the whole Narconon program and all of the centers at

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