Do you listen to podcasts? I think it is a great way to catch up on current events, hear some stories, and learn something interesting. I usually listen to podcasts when I’m working out at the gym or when I’m driving. Here is my podcast list.
- This American Life – Great stories, but not many new shows these days.
- Planet Money – I love Planet Money! I got quite a few blog ideas from this entertaining economic podcast.
- Serial – They spend the season following one story. The first season was great, but I did not like the 2nd The Bowe Bergdahl story got old after a few episodes.
- Wait Wait… Don’t Tell Me – NPR’s weekly current event quiz. The panelists are hilarious.
- TED Radio Hour – This show doesn’t live up to its potential for some reason.
- My Wife Quit Her Job Podcast by Steve Chou – Great podcast for online entrepreneurs. Steve is my hero.
- Snap Judgment – Story telling with a beat. This one is a mixed bag. Some stories are great, some not so great.
- Embedded – This is a new podcast. The show takes a story from the news and goes deep.
The latest story on Embedded is what I want to talk about today. This is a story about Opana addiction, an opiate prescription drug. I heard that we have a prescription drug abuse problem in the United States, but I didn’t know the extent of it. I had no idea that drug overdoses cause more death than car accidents. This is a huge problem that affects many lives.
The scary part of the story is how quickly a life can fall apart. Joy was a nurse and she injured her back on the job. She was prescribed painkillers and got hooked. Less than a year later she was a homeless junkie. Yikes! Here it is in her words.
I had a home. I had a car. A house full of furniture, a lot of nice stuff, big sectional sofa, glass coffee table, and a real heavy cherry dinette set. Washer and dryer, flat screen TVs. I had 3 flat screen TVs, Playstation 3, Wii, tablets, name it. We had it all.
She ran out of prescription and started buying pills on the street. Eventually, she moved on to injecting the drug. Whoa, that’s a huge step from taking it orally to injecting the drug. Joy was a nurse and she knew better, but I guess she couldn’t stop herself. Apparently, the drug gives you a big high if you snort or inject it. Much better than heroin as one of the drug abusers put it.
Be Vigilant with Drugs
This cautionary tale shows that life is tenuous and it can fall apart very quickly if you aren’t vigilant. Drug abuse can very quickly sabotage your life and finance. Luckily, I never had to take strong pain medication. Now that I know more about prescription drug abuse, I’ll be even more cautious and avoid opiate drug as much as possible. Ruining your life isn’t worth the momentary high. Once you get addicted, you’re a slave to the drug. The junkies on the show would do anything to get another pill. It sounds pretty crazy.
Personally, I’m pretty sure I can avoid drug abuse. I’m 42 and I’m not addicted to any drugs so I think I can keep it together. I’m actually more worried about my kid. A lot of kids are abusing prescription drugs to feel good, gain an edge in school, or to lose weight. Once you start down that path, it’d be very difficult to recover. We’ll need to discuss this with our kid when he is older and make sure he understands the consequences of using drugs. We see a lot of homeless people every day so he already knows life isn’t easy for everybody.
Drug abuse is one thing that can ruin your life very quickly. What are some other problems that we need to avoid? Anyone care to share their experience with prescription drug abuse?
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