Addicted to Painkillers: My Doctor Got Me Hooked on Drugs – Part 3

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While Berry would like to enroll in an inpatient or outpatient drug rehabilitation program, neither is covered by her health insurance – a common predicament with prescription-drug abuse, says Steven Juergens, M.D., an addiction expert at Virginia Mason Medical Center in Seattle. “Prescription-drug withdrawal can take up to three weeks, while withdrawal from alcohol and […]

Addicted to Painkillers: My Doctor Got Me Hooked on Drugs – Part 2

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Another factor that’s leading patients down the path to addiction, says Colvin, is that many doctors don’t check in with patients after those patients start taking these drugs. Use of OxyContin, for example, should not exceed seven days without reassessment by a doctor; use of Xanax should not exceed two weeks without reassessment, according to […]