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    Boyfriend Addicted To Prescription Painkillers After Accident

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    Boyfriend Addicted To Prescription Painkillers After Accident

    Caller: 21-year old woman calling on behalf of her boyfriend

    Problem: Prescription medication

    Seeking: Prescription medication rehab program

    Reason(s): Woman is concerned that her boyfriend is showing signs of dependence and has become increasingly short-tempered with her in recent months. The woman relays the story about her boyfriend suffering a serious motorcycle accident, shattering both of his legs and his pelvis. The caller said, “Honestly, at first doctor’s thought he was not going to make it, then they thought he might lose both legs, then they assumed he might be a paraplegic, but he proved them wrong every time. He is barely able to walk too far without it causing serious pain, but he is able to walk if he uses a stick or a cane.” According to her, the fact that her boyfriend made a miraculous recovery might have been what caused many people to neglect the fact that he was taking far more medication than he was prescribed. Moreover, he went to several different pharmacies throughout town to get his prescriptions filled. The caller said, “I think at first, most people are so excited that he is alive, and then they are excited he gets to keep both legs, I think it might be natural to assume that it will pass, but he is still popping painkillers like candy. I tried one once for menstrual cramps and it knocked me on my butt…so if he takes that many every single day, I do not know what he is constantly feeling.” According to the woman, the drug use has caused a strain in their relationship. She is worried that the long-term abuse of these medications is only going to be more difficult to deal with if they do not act now and get him in a rehab program.

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