Man Recently Prescribed Pills Realizes Roommate Abusing...
Caller: 26-year-old man calling about his 28-year-old male roommate
Problem: Abusing opiate pain medication
Seeking: Rehab treatment options
Reason(s): Caller is worried about his roommate abusing opiate prescription medication. The caller says that he was originally prescribed opiate painkillers to relieve pain after surgery. “I had a torn ACL when playing flag football, after surgery I was given these opiate pain relievers to help me. I found out fast that they made me sick to my stomach and the pain was bad but not unbearable. I never did finish my prescription.” The caller says that he found out about his roommate abusing prescription medication when the roommate offered to buy the leftover medication. “I told him that I had these pills left over and he immediately asked if he could buy them. I know you are not supposed to give pills to someone, but I was not going to use them, so I figured why not? After he paid me the money, he just took two tablets right in front of me, even though half a tablet had made me queasy and woozy.” The caller asked his roommate for more information and after talking for a few minutes realized his roommate was battling an addiction to prescription medication. “I feel bad because I feel I not only enabled him, but also because I hadn’t noticed this before. I want him to get some help even if he doesn’t believe he has a problem.” Referred the caller to a counselor who can provide more information. The counselor will help the caller when it comes to having a conversation with the roommate about prescription medication abuse and possible dangers.
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