NFL League’s Painkiller Epidemic: Former Player took up to 125 Vicodin a Day
(NaturalNews) For professional athletes, particularly those involved in contact sports such as football, dealing with injury pain can become a major challenge. Far too often, an attempt to manage pain leads to dependence on opioid painkillers – a situation that can destroy a promising sports career and even threaten an athlete’s life. Former NFL player Shane Olivea has gone public with his own story of addiction to Vicodin, a commonly-prescribed opioid pain medication. Olivea’s dependence on Vicodin cost him his NFL career and nearly killed him, but now – after eight years of staying clean – the ex-San Diego Charger wants to help others with similar struggles and has dreams of becoming a college football coach.
At the height of his addiction, Olivea was consuming as many as 125 Vicodin pills per day. He eventually moved on to OxyContin, an even more powerful opioid painkiller. (RELATED: Read more news on risks of modern medicine at Medicine.news) Former San Diego Charger spent more that half a million dollars on painkillers. He said he spent nearly $584,000 on painkillers during the period when he was addicted – all of it in cash. Although many NFL players develop painkiller dependence after being prescribed opioids by team doctors, Olivea doesn’t blame the Chargers for his addiction problems.
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Officials in the United States say deadly abuse of painkillers and other prescription drugs has reached epidemic levels. More than thirty-six thousand people died from drug overdoses in two thousand eight, the latest year available. That was almost as many as from road crashes. More than half of the overdoses involved drugs that need a doctor’s approval. And three-fourths of those deaths involved what are called opioid pain relievers. These include drugs like methadone; morphine; hydrocodone, also known as Vicodin; and oxycodone, or OxyContin. Death rates from prescription drugs were highest among people forty-five to fifty-four years old.A recent government report said painkiller deaths more than tripled in the past decade. They now top the number of heroin and cocaine deaths combined.
The Obama administration released a plan last year to try to deal with the problem. Some abusers seek help at places like the Malibu Beach Recovery Center near Los Angeles. They learn yoga and other ways to deal with anxiety, stress and pain. Joan Borsten heads the center. She says stopping is difficult because “in the case of pain pills, the body has stopped producing its natural defenses to pain,” and users have to have more and more. Around the country, special drug courts work with addicts to get them counseling and treatment. Mary Ann Gunn is a retired drug-court judge. She now appears on “Last Shot With Judge Gunn,” a TV program that shows the effect of drugs on users and their families. She says in nineteen ninety-nine, the big problem was methamphetamine. “And we have addressed that and are continuing to address it. And more and more over the years we began to see people being addicted to prescription drugs.” James Adams is a pharmacologist at the University of Southern California in Los Angeles.
He says millions of people live with pain, much of it from arthritis caused by obesity and aging. “And it’s a real tough problem for a doctor because here you’ve got a patient with chronic pain, and these patients know exactly how to get what they want. And if that doctor doesn’t give it to them, they just go to the next doctor.” He says many patients may be able to manage their pain if they lose weight and get exercise and physical therapy. Another solution: California and many other states have registries. These tell doctors and pharmacists what potentially dangerous drugs their patients are already taking. For VOA Special English, I’m Carolyn Presutti. (Adapted from a radio program broadcast 04Jan2012)