Fighting Prescription Drug Abuse: Un-Crushable Pills

Uncrushable Pills

Addiction Treatment Specialists, Behavioral Health Professionals, and even members of Congress have recently been more outspoken than ever on the abuse of prescription drugs in the United States — especially the abuse of opiates such as the painkillers Oxycontin, Vicodin, and other prescription pain-relieving drugs.

Amongst all of this debate about the current crisis involving these prescription drugs, a darker and more dangerous prescription drug epidemic is rumbling in the waiting.


Zohydro RX drugZohydro is the latest prescription drug that is under consideration to be released to the public as a prescription drug. What is so worrisome about this up-and-coming possible drug release is that this drug is not just some light prescription drug, it is a painkiller that is said to be more than 500x (times) stronger than standard dose Vicodin. This is prompting both those in the medical community and the public safety community to issue warnings on this drug even before its pending approval.


The most rampant form of prescription drug abuse that is occurring with painkillers in the United States stems from the conversion of prescription opiates from their pill form into the forms commonly abused on the streets. When abused, prescription painkillers are often crushed into a fine powder and then can be snortedĀ  or “cooked,” prior to injecting. Medical professionals and pharmacologists warn that the crushing of the pills can drastically increase both the “high” that comes from the drug, and the deadly side effects.

“Medical professionals and pharmacologists warn that the crushing of the pills can drastically increase both the “high” that comes from the drug, and the deadly side effects.”

Coupling the growing concern over prescription painkillers being crushed for abuse, and the looming release of the extremely potent Zohydro, drug-makers and addiction treatment professionals-alike are pushing for the greater use of non-crushable prescription pills.


Non-crushable prescription pills, are not necessarily “non-crushable.” These pills are designed to not be crushed in a way that would render the substance usable in a snorting or injecting form of abuse. Though still in a production-stage, this new pharmaceutical technology is offering the possibility of one day making prescription drugs “tamper-proof” against abuse through traditional street-abuse methods.


Seeking Treatment for Alcohol and Prescription Drug Abuse


By themselves, addictions to prescription drugs or to alcohol are dangerous habits in their own rights; when the two addictions are running concurrently, you have all of the dangers of the individual addictions doubled.

Take a look at a prescription bottle — it can really be any prescription. The warning label specifically says do not mix with alcohol… this is true for almost all prescription drugs, as not only can the affects of the drugs be increased by the consumption of alcohol, but there is a wide range of other risks associated with the mixing of drugs and alcohol.

Of the biggest risks of mixing prescription drugs with alcohol, is the risk of heart failure, suppressed breathing, seizures, and death. There are many cases of people that are abusing both prescription drugs and alcohol going to sleep and never waking up again — is often attributed to asphyxia, suppressed breathing, and heart failure. One of the most famous cases of this is in the case of Jimi Hendrix’ death, which was directly attributed to mixing alcohol with prescription drugs. Hendrix mixed Rx drugs and wine, passed out, and never woke up again.

There are many other famous deaths attributed to alcoholism, and prescription pills — in Hollywood and in the rest of the United States the problem is reaching epidemic proportions. Prescription drug abuse is not so prevalent in the United States that the government has recently called for increased awareness and measures to be taken against the abuse of prescription drugs. While these policies may take years or even decades to reach the majority of Americans, there are still the estimated tens of thousands of Americans that are suffering from Rx drug abuse right now.

If you are abusing prescription drugs, alcohol, or both concurrently, it is a very dangerous situation. Don’t let an overdose from drugs and alcohol be in your future, seek treatment for alcohol and drug abuse today, while there is still time.

Seeking Treatment for Alcohol and Prescription Drug Abuse?

The Dunes East Hampton Treats Addictions to Prescription Drugs, Alcohol, and the Abuse of Drugs and Alcohol:

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201 Fort Pond Blvd., Suite 1
East Hampton, NY 11937

Methylphenidate Abuse Is Something You Can Get Assistance With

138102415If you’re addicted to the substance known as methylphenidate, or MPH for short, then you probably want to know what to do to get off of it. That’s what this guide was put together to help you with. Take a moment to go through these tips and when you do things will turn out fine for you.

Just because MPH is something the doctor may have given you, it doesn’t mean that it can’t be abused. If you take more than you’re supposed to and you’re always needing to get more early, then you may have a problem with addiction and now is the best time to really start to get the help you need. If you wait for too long then you could be putting your life on hold all for a drug. Tell someone you have a problem, and most of all remember to remind yourself that you need to take care of those problems.

You’re not going to be able to quit using MPH until you actually want to quit. It’s something you have to be set on, or else it becomes hard to work with and that’s not good for your mind or your body. Take a while to really think about what this kind of drug is doing to you and you may see that it’s all no good and you’ll want to quit. If you just try to quit for someone else, it can be hard because you don’t have it in your heart that you want to stop.

As you can see, you can get help with an addiction to MPH if you’re able to use the advice you were given here. Make sure you take this a step at a time and that you don’t give up.