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    Man Seeking Help For Friend With Vicodin Addiction After Injury

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    Man Seeking Help For Friend With Vicodin Addiction After Injury

    Caller: 24-year old man calling on behalf of his friend

    Problem: Vicodin addiction

    Seeking: Rehab treatment options specializing in prescription drug addiction

    Reason(s): According to the man, one of his friend’s recent behavior is both problematic and dangerous. The man states that after a skiing trip late last year, his friend broke his leg in three different places. The caller states that his friend received a prescription for Vicodin for dealing with the painful aftermath of the surgery. However, after using the medication as recommended for a while, the man suggests that the use of the prescription medication quickly turned recreational. He said, “He is starting to take two or three of those pills when he knows that he only needs one to relieve the pain, he will drink it down with a beer because he says it makes him feel great, and he has even snorted it because he says he does not want to wait for it to kick in. While he might be telling everyone that he just does it because his leg hurts, I think that there is something else going on entirely.” According to the man, he feels that his friend may soon have financial problems, mainly because he has been buying Vicodin from other people when the prescription runs out too soon. The man is worried that the perceived acceptance of abusing prescription medication may prevent others from speaking out.

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