Daughter Learns of Elderly Mom’s Percocet Addiction...
Caller: 42 year-old daughter calling on behalf of her 72-year old mother
Problem: Mom gets percocet prescriptions from different doctors and now addicted
Seeking: Alternative Rehab treatment
Reason(s): A 42-year-old woman was calling on behalf of her 72-year old mother to see what sort of treatment is possible for elderly people dealing with a Percocet addiction. The caller noted that her mother had seemed somewhat anxious and withdrawn in her recent interactions with the daughter. She says that she discovered the reason for this behavior when she went to the pharmacy for her grandmother. The caller discovered that her mother has several Percocet prescriptions from a few different doctors. The woman states that after she confronted her mother about the number of prescriptions, she noticed that she had never known her mother to be that secretive and vague. The caller stated that after probing further, her mother became confrontational. After discussing the situation with her mother further, the story came out. It turns out that with the amount of Percocet the caller’s mother had been prescribed, she had started developing a tolerance for it. The caller stated that her mother is even changing the number on the prescription in order to be able to get more Percocet pills. It has gotten to the point where her mother is using different pharmacies and different doctors to get more and more Percocet. The caller admits that she is not only scared of the possibility of her mother overdosing on Percocet, but is also afraid as to what may happen should the authorities find out that she has been altering prescriptions. She would like to know what, if anything, is available in the nearby area that would be able to house elderly patients.
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