Man Worried About His Friend’s Opioid Painkiller...
Caller: 20-year old man calling on behalf of his roommate
Problem: Opioid pain medication
Seeking: Rehab options for addiction to OxyContin and other opiates
Reason(s): The man is concerned about his roommate who is currently taking large amounts of opioid pain relievers. According to the caller, the roommate struggled with shoulder problems at the start of the semester. The man believes that as a collegiate wrestler, his roommate did not want to take a year off to let his injury heal and instead medicated himself. The caller said, “At first he would use a few OxyContin he got from a friend. Loads of people are injured or have had surgery at least once. This gives the whole team a lot of access to these painkillers. However, I think that the combination of continued use and continued training despite being injured has him taking more than he realizes.” The man said he was first worried when his friend took several other opioid pain relievers because OxyContin was not available. Caller said, “When he takes his Oxy’s, you can sort of tell yourself that he is doing it because he is in a lot of pain. When he starts taking whatever is available and even agrees to pay guys for it, you know that he is crossing the line into a serious problem.” He wants more information about possible recovery options before he talks to his roommate.
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