After the recent death of Michael Jackson, and possibly Brittany Murphy, due to prescription drug overdoses, Steven Tyler, the lead singer of the mega-band Aerosmith, has checked himself into rehab for pain-killer addiction.
Many pain killers commonly used are opiates (which are very similar to heroin), and many chronic-pain sufferers resolve to taking such drugs in high quantities and for many years. Such use can easily lead to dependence and serious withdrawal symptoms.
We wish Tyler all the best in his rehabilitation efforts. Stay strong Steven!
We’ve already talked (see here) about the fact that well-off teens are in no way protected from the damages of drug abuse. We’ve even published a story by a reader who became addicted to heroin after another friend introduced her to snorting oxycontin pills. This recent article, published in the Washington Post, tells the story of a small Virginia town recently hit with their own small heroin epidemic.
When all was said and done, the residents of Centreville, VA would be left with 4 deaths and 16 convictions, a sad memory of the quiet town they thought they were living in.
This story is nothing if not a sad reminder that addiction doesn’t discriminate based on any factors we’re familiar with – race, money, age, or political leaning…
Click HERE for a link for some information on what to do in case someone you know is going through a heroin overdose
Here are this week’s must reads posts about addiction. Don’t forget to click the title for our related posts!
From the other allaboutaddiction (.net) – Overdose deaths due to prescription medication
From Addiction Inbox – The economics of drug legalization
From Addiction Tomorrow – A great balanced post about methadone
From Physorg – The neurological consequences of early meth exposure
That’s it for this week. Enjoy!