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    Grandfather Needs Help With Vicodin Overmedication

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    Grandfather Needs Help With Vicodin Overmedication

    Caller: 37-year old man calling on behalf of his grandfather

    Problem: Opiate pain medication addiction

    Seeking: Long term rehab program specializing in opiate addiction

    Reason(s): According to the man, what once began as merely taking a few Vicodin to be able to numb the pain, has since become a serious addiction for his grandfather. The grandson suggests that the issues with pain medication started after his grandmother passed away a few years ago. He said, “I noticed that when my grandfather would go to the doctor for whatever was hurting at the time, they were handing out these medications like they were candy. If he complained that his knee constantly hurt – opiate painkillers. If he complained that his back was hurting him all the time – he got opiate painkillers.” He suggests that without anyone around him to keep the drug use in check, his grandfather likely kept taking more and more painkillers until he was unable to function without them. He said, “I have done some research so I know that this is not an entirely uncommon situation, but especially at his age, I am afraid that he is going to overdose somehow. I think that what needs to happen is him entering into a long-term rehabilitation facility that helps him recover safely. I understand that the withdrawal symptoms from these painkillers can be quite devastating to people as well, which is why I think it would be better if he did this with professionals there around him.”

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