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    Man Concerned About Cousin’s Opiate Painkiller Addiction

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    Man Concerned About Cousin’s Opiate Painkiller Addiction

    Caller: 29-year old man calling on behalf of his cousin

    Problem: Opiate painkillers

    Seeking: long-term drug treatment

    Reason(s): The man says his teenage cousin has been struggling with a dependence on opiate painkillers for the better part of six months now. He said that his cousin developed these issues when she began to take opiate painkillers from her mother, who has been prescribed opiate painkillers to deal with the pain from her fused vertebrae. He said, “I know that kids nowadays have a relatively permissive attitude towards prescription drug abuse. I am a teacher and I have seen it happen before. I have had a number of kids flunk out just because they could not get their act together. However, I would have never expected this to happen to my cousin. To see her go down this road, it is not only heartbreaking, but it is also a warning sign. It shows that something needs to change, and it needs to change immediately otherwise she might have even further issues.” He is worried that her current environment might be conducive to drug abuse. He has stated that he wants his cousin to enter into long-term drug treatment to be able to resolve her addiction, get to the underlying root cause of dependence, and present her with the skills necessary to avoid being tempted in the future.

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