Baby Boomers and Opioid Withdrawals
How many Baby Boomers are going through opioid withdrawals now? To know this, you would have to know how many Baby Boomers were taking opioids for medication or a high?
I wonder how many of us started on medication for an injury, or illness, and became quickly addicted?
One point to think about is that Baby Boomers make a majority in the population. So are we a majority of the opioid crisis?
I was taking prescription opioid Hydrocodone 7.5, Vicodin twenty-eight years ago.
As late as 1990, they instructed physicians that pain pills of this strength and type were non-addictive!
Addiction Treatment For Opioids
STAT Daily Recap (An online newsletter I read every day) wrote that Richard Sackler, of the Sackler family that invented Oxycontin, had been granted a patent for addiction treatment for opioids.
The patent, issued earlier this year, January 2018, concerns a new formulation of buprenorphine, one of the medications shown to help people with opioid addiction.
QUOTE Reporter Andrew Joseph: September 7, 2018 “Fatal overdoses from prescription painkillers quadrupled from 1999 to 2013, when they killed more than 16,000 people in the United States.
The federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has labeled the spike a “public health epidemic.”
Congress and state governments are scrambling to fund new prevention and treatment programs as the opioid scourge spreads from drugs like OxyContin to heroin and fentanyl.” END QUOTE.
If Purdue Pharma knew this in 2013, why did they lie to us?
Someone I respect was pleased to hear there was new help for opioid addiction from this source. My friend has a great deal of forgiveness in him for this family.
All I have to say is they should surely know their product and how to counteract it, after all, they own it.
Never realizing I was addicted to Oxycodone until the time came to put the opioid aside. It was an eye-opener to me. She prescribed Hydrocodone 7.5mg. for twenty-four years, then 10mg. for two more years, then Oxycodone for 10mg. for two years.
Being never without a prescription for the drug, but I was constantly terrified the doctor wouldn’t sign or call in the script.
Addicted To Opioids
So every month I had to call the nurses’ line and leave a message for receiving my pain pills, and every month I held my breath and threw up for two days before I called.
Taking the narcotic Valium and the opioid, I still ended up with a stomach ulcer before I was forty and stomach surgery in my fifties.
For several years I had wanted to come off the narcotic and opioid, Diazepam and Oxycodone, but I was dependent on them for anxiety and pain relief and help.
I was a prescribed user of them both for twenty-eight years. Hard to believe, isn’t it?
Off the Narcotic Valium
In February 2018 I got sick and tired of begging for Diazepam (Valium). By lessening the dosage slowly over time I took myself off of it.
To help with my anxiety, I took the herbal supplement Redicalm. Being able to purchase Redicalm without a prescription was to me a gift.
I further strengthened my anxiety fighting herbal supplements by using Holy Basil Root which is a cortisol strengthener.
It is now September 2018; I am narcotic free, and I have been fortunate to stay clean of any Diazepam (Valium).
CBD Oil and Anxiety
As the anxiety continued to be a problem, I was still looking for some stronger relief. A friend showed me to CBD Oil I began to learn about it.
Finally, I got to try some, and then I was so pleased to purchase some CBD Oil of my own.
In quiet was so thrilled to use my CBD Oil and receive true relief from anxiety.
That was on July 2, 2018, and I received more than anxiety relief. It was soon apparent that I was on the way to some pain relief! I am taking Lyrica for nerve pain from the Fibromyalgia and Myasthenia Gravis.
I thought I needed the opioid Oxycodone for pain relief, too, but I don’t.
And then I realized with the CBD Oil I was receiving enough pain relief to come off the Oxycodone. I started to plan my opioid withdrawals.
I talked to friends who had gone through withdrawals, remembered the narcotic withdrawals, and searched for withdrawal symptoms.
Endocannabidiol System and CBD Can Help
CBD OIL Anxiety and Pain Relief
Symptoms Long-Term Opioid Use
I found out severe anxiety, and severe diarrhea
And the Ulcerative Colitis I was being treated for
Baby Boomers Coming Off Opioids?
After checking with my friends and neighbors I knew one thing was clear. We Baby Boomers are as split as we were during the Viet Namese War and Equality Marches of the
Some of us became addicted to narcotics or opioids or both. Yes, we have been of the majority of the population both in numbers and in pain pill use.
I learned it wasn’t always an opioid but sometimes an anti-inflammatory or narcotic.
We are a varied group. In that for
Then again, many took each and every drug and medication that was offered through the years. So that addiction waited to ensnare the unwary.
I know Baby Boomers who have remained highly medicated all their lives. They, have reached their seventies without addiction.
Some began with drugs in their twenties and continued with various types of medication all of their adult lives. Surprisingly. some Baby Boomers have escaped addiction.
Baby Boomers Are Going Through Opioid Withdrawals
Sadly, this is the fate for some Baby Boomers, but for the majority, it is opioid, narcotic or alcohol addiction. For except for the ones of us that lived drug-free, we are a drug using generation.
The Baby Boomers put their talents into inventing and developing drugs and medications. At the same time we were delving into the drug scene as we came of age.
Now some Baby Boomers are coming off opioids and having opioid withdrawals. Some Baby Boomers are coming off narcotics and having narcotic withdrawals. They are about the same, but differ in intensity.
Opioid Withdrawal Symptoms
Some Opioid withdrawal symptoms are listed below:
- Hot and Cold Chills
- Irregular Heartbeat
- Fluctuating Blood Pressure
- Cardiac Event
Five weeks ago I went through a mild case of opioid withdrawals. Mine was mild because of CBD Oil being part of my onboard arsenal of help to go through withdrawals.
I broke my Oxycodone 10mg in half each dosage for two weeks. Then I cut the dosage further, then stopped it by the third week in July 2018. Withdrawals didn’t begin in earnest until I was taking just one-half Oxycodone a day.
So I used Four Drops of the 1000mg. CBD Oil every six hours during the worst of the opioid withdrawals. CBD Oil helped me have a time I could tolerate.
I would not want to go through it again. Although it was not as bad as I was warned, and I thank goodness for the CBD!
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