Is a Path to Heroin Lurking in Your House?
So you’re scheduled for knee surgery. Or maybe you slipped on the ice and broke a rib.
Your doctor writes you a prescription for pain pills – maybe something like Oxycodone, Vicodin, Percocet, or OxyContin. They’re safe, aren’t they? Nothing to worry about if your doctor prescribed them, right?
Doctor-prescribed painkillers are in the same class of drugs as heroin (opioids). While in most cases these pills are safe and help manage pain, they can lead to addiction if users aren't careful. And in some cases, pain pills addiction can spiral into heroin use, like in the case of Illinois mom Jaime Smith.
If you do end up with a prescription, here are some tips for patients with pain medication and some addiction warning signs to watch out for. And what's the best way to store them, keep them out of your kids' hands and mouths, and dispose of unused pills? Check out these tips on the safe storage and disposal of pain pills (and adds Jaime: "be sure to keep a count of your prescribed pills, too!").
Found some capsules in your teen's room? Or some leftover pills in the back of the medicine cabinet? The Pill Finder can help you match imprint, size, shape, or color to find out what they are and how they are used.
If you think a pain pill-driven addiction can’t happen to you, think again. Jaime Smith wants you to know her story and how to keep yourself and your loved ones safe.