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    Woman’s Nephew Abusing Prescription Medication

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    Woman’s Nephew Abusing Prescription Medication

    Caller: 39-year old woman calling on behalf of her nephew

    Problem: Prescription opiates addiction

    Seeking: Long term inpatient rehab facility

    Reason(s): The woman is troubled after she found out that her nephew is actively abusing prescription medication and is using his mother’s cancer medication to be able to feed his addiction. She says that she found out that her nephew was sneaking these prescription opiates out of the home. She stated, “At first I was shocked, you know? I mean this is someone that I watched grow up and to have him not only be on drugs, but to be on drugs that you are stealing from someone with cancer is just something that I can’t quite wrap my head around.” She revealed that she confronted her nephew shortly after and it turned into a big shouting contest. The caller states, “It became pretty ugly, but he did finally admit that he was actively taking these medications from her. I told him that I was not only concerned about his addiction issues, but particularly concerned about the fact that he was resorting to getting his fix in such a degenerate manner. He admits that he needs professional help if anything is going to change.” She is seeking an inpatient rehabilitation option for a minimum of three months while she moves in with her sister to take care of her.

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