User uShare Login | Register
Login
Register

Along with posting photos, videos, and stories, your uShare account lets you post Classified Ads, recipes on What's For Dinner, and Announcements.


69° View Weather Current Conditions Sioux Falls Change Location
Set Weather Options

RADAR LOCATION

TEMPERATURE LOCATION

Share your Photos, Videos, and Stories on uShare! Click here to get started.

News

[0] My Saved Articles
Back to all news

Healthbeat

Find local businesses
on the KELO Pages!

 

Dealing With Prescription Painkiller Addiction

October 29, 2012, 6:06 PM by Casey Wonnenberg

Dealing With Prescription Painkiller Addiction
SIOUX FALLS, SD -

When your doctor prescribes a medication, it's easy to assume it's safe. But according to the Centers for Disease Control, the death toll from overdoses of prescription painkillers has more than tripled over the past decade.  In fact, they now outnumber the deaths from heroin and cocaine combined.

Two-year-old Brynlee Bliek brings a smile to her mother, Haley's, face. She also helped her seek help for the most difficult thing she's dealt with in her life.

"I just felt like she could see all the pain and sadness that I had inside because the pain medication wasn't working anymore," Halee Bliek said.

Bliek's problem started in high school when she suffered a back injury and was placed on prescription painkillers.

"I was taking more to make the pain go away, and there would be days I would take it when I didn't necessarily need it," Bliek said.

Bliek's parents encouraged her to seek help after her 18th birthday.  She was free from the addiction until after she had Brynlee.

"In October 2010 after my C-section, they did an MRI and found out my whole disc was gone in my back," Bliek said.

Bliek is not alone. Prescription drug abuse is the fastest growing drug problem in the U.S.

"I see quite a few patients who, I think, are trying to get medication, who are maybe misusing it, using it to get high," Avera Pain Medicine Dr. Jonathan Stone said.

With an increase in prescription painkiller abuse across the nation, some doctors are paying extra attention to who they're prescribing the medication to.

"Now in South Dakota we have a prescription monitoring program where physicians and pharmacies can go online and run a search on our patient to see where they've been getting prescriptions filled, what pharmacies are filling them, and are there any other physicians filling them," Stone said.

Bliek says the added attention is needed. She's helping out by volunteering at TLC Tallgrass, the same place she got help earlier this year.

"I was depressed and life was not fun at that point," Bliek said.

Not only is she thankful she got help soon enough, she knows she's a better mother without her addiction.

"It's kind of crazy to see how bad it gets before how good it gets. I would have never imagined having this good of a life after going through all that," Bliek said.

Not only are there more people addicted to painkillers, but there are also more people taking the drugs overall. According to the CDC, the amount of prescription painkillers sold has quadrupled from 1999 to 2010.

Previous Story

Next Story


Comments





Sponsored
Find Local Businesses on KELO Pages!

View healthbeat

You may also like

Hope From A Moment Of Devastation

4/22/2015 6:15 PM

That excitement grew by the week, but at almost two months before Piper and Lilah were due, doctors noticed something troubling.

Full Story | Watch
Forever Thankful For A Life-Saving Gift

4/20/2015 5:47 PM

When Tessa was two months old, doctors diagnosed her with a rare liver disease. She needed a transplant to survive.

Full Story | Watch
Protecting Yourself From Ticks

4/21/2015 6:09 PM

Just looking at ticks might make you queasy, but this spring a lot of people in KELOLAND are getting up close and personal with them.

Full Story | Watch
More Local Women Using Cosmetic Filler

4/23/2015 12:42 PM

Bellafill can add volume and lift to your skin. It was also recently FDA approved to improve acne scars.

Full Story
Knowing The Risks Of Melanoma

4/24/2015 5:52 PM

The 37-year-old teacher learned a hands-on lesson about the dangers of the sun. It all started with a pedicure.

Full Story | Watch


Events