Sharehouse: Prescription Drug Addiction

Sharehouse: Prescription Drug Addiction


TONIGHTS TOP STORY AN EPIDEMIC IS TAKING PLACE IN OUR NATION. THIS IS SHOCKING SM IT’S KILLING MORE PEOPLE THAN COCAINE AND HEROINE COMBINED. PLUS I GUARANTEE YOU IT’S A PROBLEM THAT IS IMPACTING YOU OR AT LEAST SOMEONE YOU KNOW AND I’M TALKING ABOUT TONIGHT BIG PHARMA AND PRESCRIPTION PAINKILLER OVERDOSES AND ADDICTIONS. GOOD EVENING AND WELCOME TO 6:30 “POINT OF VIEW” I’M CHRIS BERG AND THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR JOINING US. I WANT TO SHARE WITH YOU TONIGHT SOME STAGGERING STATS THAT I HOPE AND PRAY THAT WILL WAKE US UP AS A NATION BECAUSE I’M GOING TO SHOW YOU JUST HOW PERVASIVE OF A PROBLEM WE FACE RIGHT NOW IN THIS COUNTRY AND IN 2010, THIS IS ACCORDING TO THE JOURNAL OF MEDICAL ASSOCIATION OVER 38,000 AMERICANS SH. ARE ON FIVE PRESCRIPTION DRUGS OR MORE AND ACCORDING TO THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE THIS IS STUNNING, AMERICAN MAKES IT 5% OF THE GLOBAL POPULATION AND YET WE AS AMERICANS CONSUME 75% OF ALL THE WORLD’S PRESCRIPTION DRUG. IF WE HAVE A PROBLEM, ALSO IN 2010 WE CONSUMED ENOUGH PRESCRIPTION PAINKILLERS RIGHT HERE IN AMERICA ENOUGH PRESCRIPTION PAINKILLER MEDICATION TO MEDICATE EVERY SINGLE AMERICAN ADULT IN AMERICA EVERY FOUR HOURS FOR A MONTH AND WE WONDER HALF THE WORLD IS ASLEEP IN THIS COUNTRY AND THIS IS A SERIOUS PROBLEM AND WE NEED TO WAKE UP WHAT IS GOING ON. SHED THESE COBWEBS OUT OF YOUR HEAD FROM BIG PHARMA AND TO SHARE WITH US TODAY IS THE C.E.O. AND PRESIDENT OF SHER HOUSE AND FARGO NATE MAHOUS AND MARTY. THANK YOU FOR BEING HERE. WHEN I SHARE THE STATS WITH YOU, WHAT COMES UP FOR YOU? IT’S STUNNING TO ME? IT’S NOTHING SURPRISING TO ME BECAUSE WE SEE IT EVERY DAY. WHY ARE NOT MORE PEOPLE SCREAMING FROM THE ROOF TOPS SAYING AMERICA WAKE UP? THAT’S WHAT NEEDS TO HAPPEN. THE SOCIETY NEEDS TO BE AWARE OF WHAT IS HAPPENING AND THE DRUGS ARE PERVASIVE IN OUR COMMUNITIES RIGHT NOW AND THIS IS IN NORTH DAKOTA AND IN FARGO AND THE NATIONAL INSTITUTE OF HEALTH SAYS THIS IS OVER A 200 MILLION DOLLAR ECONOMIC IMPACT RIGHT HERE IN FARGO. SO THINGS NEED TO HAPPEN AND CHANGES NEED TO HAPPEN AND PEOPLE NEED TO SPEAK UP AND WE NEED PEOPLE TO LOOK PAST WHAT HAPPENS WHEN THE — WHAT THEY’RE FEELING AND THE SHAME THAT GOES ALONG WITH THIS DISEASE AND THEY NEED TO RECOGNIZE THIS IS A DISEASE THAT IS NOT SOMETHING THAT THEY ASKED FOR AND IT’S NOT A CHOICE THAT PEOPLE MAKE AND A CHOICE TO TAKE DRUGS IT’S ADDICTION AND IT’S RECOGNIZED BY THE MEDICAL ASSOCIATION AS A DISEASE SO WE NEED TO DO A BETTER JOB OF SUPPORTING PEOPLE THAT HAVE THIS DISEASE AND WHEN SOMEONE HAS CANCER WE HAVE BAKE SALES AND THE CHURCH LADY GATHERS AROUND AND SELL BLANKETS EX WHEN SOMEONE HAS ADDICTION WE WHYS PER ABOUT IT AND WE DON’T WRAP OUR ARMS AROUND PEOPLE AND SAY I’M HERE TO SUPPORT YOU. ONE THING TO SAY OK WE HAVE COCAINE AND HEROINE GETTING DEALT AROUND BUT THIS IS OUR GOVERNMENT. THIS IS THE F.D.A. GOING HEY, GO TAKE SOME OXYCONTIN AND I’LL GIVE YOU A PRESCRIPTION AND THAT’S WHAT I WANT TO GET AT THE HEART AT IT IS I’M NOT BLAMING DOCTORS, HEAR ME ON THAT AND I READ A GREAT STORY ABOUT A GUY IN MASSACHUSETTS WHERE HE HAD TO GO THROUGH A LAUNDRY LIST OF DOCTORS WHERE FINALLY A PHYSICIAN SAID, I’M NOT GIVING YOU OXY, WHAT’S GOING ON? WE SEE THAT WITH SOUR PATIENTS AND CLIENTS AND WE HAVE LETTERS FROM OUR NURSES THAT STATE I’M IN RECOVERY, I’M IN TREATMENT RIGHT NOW PLEASE DON’T PRESCRIBE ME THESE MEDICATIONS AND THE DOCTOR WRIPS THEM A WRITES THEM A SCRIP FOR THIS. WHO IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THIS? IT’S OPENING PEOPLE’S EYES. YOU GO BACK TO THE MEDICAL SCHOOLS WHERE THE DOCTORS ARE TRAINED AND THEY’RE NOT TRAINED IN ADDICTION THEY’RE NOT TRAINED TO RECOGNIZE THE SYMPTOMS OF ADDICTION AND — A PIECE OF PAPER IN FRONT OF THEM SAYING DON’T DO THIS. BUT THEY ARE TRAINED FORAY CUTE CARE AND HERE IS THE PROBLEM AND THE SOLUTION AND SEND THEM HOME AND THE MEDICAL SYSTEM THAT WE HAVE IN PLACE RIGHT NOW IS FOR SICK CARE NOT WELL CARE AND SO WE NEED TO — WE KNOW DOCTORS GRADUATE WITH DEBT AND IF I DEAL OUT PRESCRIPTIONS BIG PHARMA WILL GIVE ME KICKBACK. IS THAT THE INCENTIVE? I CAN’T ANSWER THAT HONESTLY. I DON’T WANT TO GO THERE. IT’S SPECULATION ON MY PART. IT’S EDUCATION FOR THE COMMUNITY AS A WHOLE AND ABOUT THE SIGNS AND SYMPTOMS OF ADDICTION IF SOMEONE ON THE FLOOR SUFFERING FROM A HEART ATTACK WE’LL CALL 9-1-1 BUT WHEN WE ROCK THAT A FRIEND OR A FAMILY MEMBER IS SUFFERING FROM ADDICTION WE JUST SIT AND WATCH. AND WE WORRY. I WOULDN’T SAY IT TOTALLY BECAUSE I KNOW A LOT OF ADDICTS THEY RUN AND HIDE AND NOT FACE WHAT IS GOING ON IN THEIR OWN LIVES SO I DON’T WANT TO PUT IT ON SOCIETY. YOU ARE A SUCCESS STORY FROM SHARE HOUSE. WHAT ARE YOUR THOUGHTS ON THE STATS AND YOUR EXPERIENCE BECAUSE YOU DID HAVE A PROBLEM WITH PAINKILLERS, CORRECT? YES. YOU GO IN TO THE DOCTOR AND TELL THEM WHAT’S GOING ON THEY’LL GIVE YOU PRESCRIPTIONS AND THEY CONTINUE TO GIVE YOU MORE AND MORE AND MY HUSBAND WAS VERY SICK TOO AND I COULDN’T BELIEVE ALL THE MEDICATION THAT HE WAS ON AND ALL HE HAD TO DO WAS JUST ASK AND IT HAS TO COME TO THE PATIENT AND THE DOCTOR AND I MEAN THEY BOTH HAVE A RESPONSIBILITY I BELIEVE BUT I DON’T FEEL THAT HE NEEDED AS MUCH AS WAS GIVEN TO HIM AND PROBABLY THE SAME FOR ME. Chris: IS THIS A HEALTHCARE ISSUE AND THE DOCTORS AREN’T AWARE OF THE PRESCRIPTIONS YOUR HUSBAND IS ON. IT WAS THE SAME DOCTOR. IT WAS ALWAYS THE SAME DOCTOR. WHAT’S THE INCENTIVE? WHY IN YOUR OPINION WOULD A DOCTOR DO THAT? PART OF IT TO ME MAY BE THE PERSISTENT OF THE PATIENT AT TIMES AND OR JUST TO GET DONE WITH THE APPOINTMENTS I GUESS, ON TO THE NEXT, ONTO THE NEXT, THEY’RE BUSY AND THEY HAVE SO MANY PATIENTS TO TAKE CARE OF IF THEY DO THIS AND THEY KNOW THEY’LL BE ONTO THE NEXT ONE. AND AGAIN THEY HAVE TO PAY THE BILLS AND THAT’S THE PROBLEM, I LOOK AT THE BIG HOSPITAL GOING UP HERE LOOK, THEY MAKE MONEY IF THE BEDS AREN’T FULL SO IT SEEMS LIKE WE’VE SET UP THIS SYSTEM TO GET PEOPLE WELL AND HEALTHY SO QUICKLY I HAVE TWO MINUTES, I WANT TO GIVE YOU A CHANCE TO SHARE YOUR STORY AND WHAT HAPPENED AND HOW YOU OVERCAME THE ADDICTION? I WAS NEWLY MARRIED, PREGNANT, AND WENT BACK TO COLLEGE SCPID MY CAREER AND WE FOUND OUT MY HUSBAND WAS VERY SICK WITH A DISEASE, LIVER DISEASE AND HE STARTED GETTING PRESCRIBED PAINKILLERS AND WHEN MY SON WAS 18 MONTHS I THREW MY BACKOUT AND STARTED GETTING PRESCRIBED PAINKILLERS AS WELL AND THAT WENT ON FOR A COUPLE OF YEARS AND ALL OF A SUDDEN YOU ARE AT A POINT WHERE YOU ARE VERY ADDICTED AND THINGS GO DOWNHILL PRETTY FAST SO WHEN THE DOCTORS QUIT GIVING THEM TO YOU AND YOUR BODY IS NOT READY TO STOP SO YOU CONTINUE ON AND THAT WHAT IT WAS IN OUR CASE. I WANT TO HEAR YOUR THOUGHTS ON THIS BECAUSE ON THIS SHOW WE TALK A LOT ABOUT PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY AND AT THE END F THE DAY THE PERSON THAT IS POPPING THE PILLS AND I DON’T WANT TO PUT THIS ON DOCTOR’S ONLY BUT WHERE DOES PERSONAL RESPONSIBILITY COME IN IN THIS EQUASION? THE WORSE PART ABOUT IT IS WHEN YOU WAKE UP ONE DAY AND REALIZE WHERE YOU ARE AT IN YOUR LIFE AND YOUR BODY IS STILL IN NEED OF SOMETHING SO IF YOU WANT TO BE ABLE TO GO TO WORK, TAKE CARE OF YOUR FAMILY, DO THE THINGS YOUR DAILY FUNCTIONS THAT YOU ARE DOING YOU CAN’T SURVIVE WITHOUT IT AND THAT IS KIND OF YOU GET PUT IN THIS HORRIBLE POSITION WHERE I JUST WANT TO BE ABLE TO LIVE MY LIFE AND I CAN’T WITHOUT THIS PILL AND SO YES, THERE’S THE GUILT AND THE SHAME I BELIEVE IS THAT YOU KNOW YOU SHOULDN’T BE DOING THIS BUT I HAVE TO DO THIS, THIS AND THIS TODAY. AND YOU KIND OF — IT’S JUST A TOUGH SITUATION TO BE IN. I THINK THE MOST WHEN I HEAR THESE STATS, 38,000 PEOPLE, 16,0016,000 OWE OPIATES. IF SOMEONE THAT HAS THIS ADDICTION, WHAT ADVICE WOULD YOU GIVE TO THEM? GO TO TREATMENT. GO TO TREATMENT. FIND SOME PEOPLE THAT YOU TRUST AND ASK FOR HELP BECAUSE THERE’S HOPE OUT THERE AND GO TO CHURCH, PRAY, DO WHATEVER YOU NEED TO TO GET BETTER BECAUSE THERE’S IS A TON OF HOPE OUT THERE AND THERE’S LIFE AFTER ADDITION. CHRIS: THANK YOU FOR COMING OBOTH OF YOU. THOSE NUMBERS, THEY JUST STUNNED ME, YOU GUYS KIND ARE LIKE HEY THIS IS HOW IT IS, CHRIS. IT’S VERY SCARY AND I THINK PEOPLE, THIS IS STRICTLY, PEOPLE ARE WALKING AROUND LIKE SHEEP OR IN THE CLOUDS OR WITH THE COBWEBS BECAUSE THEY’RE DRUGGED UP HALF THE TIME. AND I THINK PEOPLE STOP THE MISCONCEPTION THIS IS A CHOICE THAT PEOPLE ARE MAKING. WHILE THEY’RE DEPRESSED SO THEY’RE DRINKING OR THEY’RE UPSET SO THEY’RE TAKING PAINKILLERS TO SELF MEDICATE BUT WHEN IT’S A DISEASE AND ADDICTION, IN THE BRAIN THE BRAIN KEEPS TELLING YOU TO TAKE MORE AND MORE EVEN THOUGH LIKE MARTY SAID I WANTED TO GO TO WORK AND BE WITH MY KIDS BUT MY BRAIN CAUSE TELLING MY BODY YOU NEED THIS PILL TO FUNCTION SO WHEN WE RECOGNIZED THAT AND PEOPLE SAY, THE SYSTEM IS A CHOICE THAT PEOPLE ARE MAKING THIS IS A MEDICAL DISEASE THE BRAIN IS TELLING YOU YOU NEED THIS EVEN THOUGH YOUR BODY TELLS YOU YOU DON’T NEED IT. WE WILL CONTINUE THAT CONVERSATION AND THANK YOU SO MUCH FOR BEING HERE AND OBVIOUSLY A BIG CONVERSATION AND WE’D LOVE TO KNOW YOUR THOUGHTS AND YOU HAVE A LOVED ONE GOING THROUGH AN ADDICTION SITUATION AS WELL AND NATE IS A GREAT PERSON TO REACH OUT TO. THE HOME OPENER FOR THE NDSU BISONS FOOTBALL TEAM THEY’LL PLAYER THE WILDCATS.♪ WHO WILL PLAY Q.B.? YOU WILL FIND OUT RIGHT AFTER THIS.

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