Why do some people occasionally flirt with street drugs during college or parties but never fall prey to addiction? Why are some people able to easily wean themselves off of painkillers once they recover from an injury while others become addicted to pills?
The war on drugs takes many types of casualties. Many commentators and observers continue to document the blight of opioid drugs on communities across Florida and the rest of the United States.
Do you have a lot of unused prescription pills sitting around? More than likely, if you suffer from chronic health issues or have even had the occasional surgery, you have leftover pills of some kind sitting in a box or a bag.
Really good friends share just about everything -- including, sometimes, their drugs. These days, however, sharing your pain medication or the pills that you managed to buy from a local dealer with a friend can lead to murder charges if that friend happens to overdose.
You may or may not have ever heard the term "doctor shopping." Essentially, it's used to describe the way that some people go from doctor to doctor until they find one that will give them a prescription for the drugs that they're trying to obtain.
It's no secret that America has a drug problem -- and prescription drugs are part of that problem. High-powered painkillers known as opioids, like Oxycontin and Vicodin, have been the root cause of addiction for many people.