I have seen a lot … You look up with brows raised
How old is he? you ask. I often ask myself this question each time a friend is engaged, getting married or celebrating the birth of their child.
Recently there has been a distressing increase in the indiscriminate use of prescription drugs recreationally majorly by teenagers and young adults.
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Amber smith once had a lovely modelling and acting career, her codeine addiction nearly made her bankrupt. Now she is a recovered addict as well as her mum.
I was playing football with some friends sometime ago when an acquaintance right on the field of play slept off with his back to the wall.
A friend once told me of a woman who would buy several bottles of a named cough syrup with codeine every two days and he was like ”madam your cough no dey go?”
Rapper Pimp C , from the group UGK, died from an overdose phernergan with codeine( often referred to as “syrup” or “purple drank”).
Shola’s hope of playing soccer was thrown in oblivion by himself after he became friends with Mr codeine after a freak accident on the field of play. He is currently trying to pull himself out, it hasn’t been easy he told me. He is currently a 200 l student of chemical engineering in a reputable university.
I can go on and on and on…
Now let us enlighten ourselves briefly of everything “codeine abuse”
Codeine is a short acting narcotic used to treat mild/ moderate pain, suppress cough and is some cases diarrhoea. It is a prescription only drug, it has a high potential for abuse and its abuse can lead to severe psychological or physical dependence. Codeine when used, provide feelings of pleasure and serenity. Over time this leads to dependence, physical and psychological. Tolerance develops, which is the need by the user to take higher doses to achieve same effects. Addicts can start having withdrawal symptoms after a short time without using the codeine. Statistics show that codeine is quite commonly abused. In Canada , New Zealand , Sweden , the United Kingdom, the United States and many other countries, codeine is regulated under various narcotic control laws .
Symptoms of codeine abuse include:
• Euphoria, Calm, Depression, Anxiety, Mood swings
• Drowsiness, constipation, dizziness, fainting, nausea and vomiting,dry mouth,itching,rashes,urinary retention,hypotension,seizure,respiratory depression,decreased libido
• Hallucinations,delusions,amnesia, apathy
Effects of codeine abuse
Some of these effects may include:
Liver damage, acute pancreatitis, increased pain sensitivity, major depression, kidney damage, respiratory depression, bradycardia, decreased muscle tone, coma
Others include: Family problems, problems with the law, job loss, financial problems, emotional and relationship issues, inability to work.
Signs of overdose: Bluish discoloration of the skin, loss of consciousness, pinpoint pupils, weak/absent pulse, shallow or halted breathing, slowing of the heart rate,chest pain, frequent vomiting, extreme fatigue.
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Withdrawal can be an extremely uncomfortable process but when done under the supervision of a medial professional can help ease the discomfort of the process. Someone who is physically dependent upon codeine should not attempt to
stop using without the supervision of a trained medical professional.
The typical codeine withdrawal symptoms include: anxiety and depression, insomnia, muscle aches, sweating, stomach cramps, diarrhoea, nausea and vomiting.
Craving for the drug, runny nose, chills ,agitation, psychosis, suicidal thoughts, homicidal thoughts, hallucinations e.t.c
Now my friend, I think it is about time you considered quitting and working towards it. It ain’t gonna be easy, you will fall, you will fail, you will want to throw in the towel, you will lose the battle but not the war with prayer, determination and and an unwavering belief in yourself.
I will leave you with two beautiful quotes from my twin brother…
“It is only a foolish man who believes in God and does not believe in himself. If he can believe in the Unseen, why not the seen”..
” Sometimes we feel sad when we fail thinking we gave our best but the truth is WE NEVER DID”… So do not be weary brother/sister neither should you despair, “AH” don’t wallow in self pity get your a*** up and try harder. Be like James…
In the relatively short time I had lived, I have had my fair share of dealings with death. My parents are comfortable, father a Lawyer, mother an associate professor of Pharmacy. I being their only male child was pampered almost to ruination. Growing up I always had my way, I was Zeus. I started smoking and taking alcoholic beverages in secondary school, I was only fifteen I think. At seventeen alcohol and cigarette wasn’t “doing it” so I wanted something more,
fortunately unfortunately I had the friends some who were a bit older than I was and who indulged themselves, so I got introduced to codeine and refnol which I often will take with alcohol. First near death experience was a day after my 19th birthday, I fell from the stairs, hit my head on the wall as i landed, with everything already fuzzy it turned pitch black. My friends thought I had died. I spent a month in the hospital. The last incident occurred 5 months ago…I was high as usual, my cup always runneth over. I drove straight into a pole, I still am very much to this day surprised how i only had only minor bruises here and there as I am thankful…after that I realized I needed help. Today makes it exactly three months of been sober and I am 23. Hello everyone I am James and I am an addict.
Yo! …PenDreazy signing out…
See you guys later, thank you and God bless.
*drops pen “Lol”itically ( Lolitically™)*