Suburban Lortab Use

Suburban Lortab UsePrescription painkiller abuse rates in suburban areas may be perplexing. The term “drug abuse” often brings to mind illicit drugs and the crimes related to them. Few think of suburban residents who are educated, affluent, and focused on their families and performance at work or school.

But prescription drugs have changed the face of drug addiction. Those who were once at low risk of addiction are now at high risk. Suburban families struggle with addiction to prescription medications such as Lortab, a pain reliever containing hydrocodone. Hydrocodone is an addictive opiate drug prescribed to relieve moderate to severe pain.

How Is This Drug Used in Suburban Areas?

One of the key factors contributing to suburban Lortab use is access to physicians. Financially stable suburbanites have the option to obtain medications for their needs. Many people use Lortab to meet a legitimate medical need, such as relief from chronic pain or relief from postsurgical discomfort. Others, however, use it without a prescription or in larger doses than prescribed with a different goal in mind.

Here are some reasons, besides having legitimate medical needs, that people use Lortab:

  • To self-medicate anxiety or depression – Residents of suburbs face great societal and familial pressure. They feel the need to succeed and meet certain standards. Lortab produces feelings of relaxation and wellbeing, which can temporarily relieve stress or emotional pain. Rather than admit to these emotional issues and seek specific treatment for them, some simply turn to the medicine that is already in their cabinets.
  • To relax and have fun – Teenagers face the social pressure to fit in and succeed academically. Some of them turn to Lortab and other drugs to fit in, to rebel, and to gain a sense of identity when they feel their lives are structured around others’ expectations.
  • Because it is accessible – Some people who might never seek drugs on their own will experiment with a drug offered to them by their friends or left in an accessible location by a family member. While they may initially do this out of curiosity or boredom, they may continue using it because of the pleasurable effects.

What Are the Statistics?

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 2 million people reported using prescription painkillers non-medically for the first time in 2010. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), 5.1 million people were current users of prescription painkillers in 2010. NIDA statistics also state that 70 percent of twelfth graders using prescription opiates non-medically reported obtaining them from a friend or relative.

Thankfully, the rising awareness of prescription drug abuse in suburban areas has inspired treatment programs and centers aimed at helping suburban residents recover from drug addiction. There are programs that suit the needs of people who cannot afford to be absent from their jobs or their families, and in many cases insurance will cover some of the expenses. Many facilities have treatment programs specifically for adolescents who struggle with drug abuse.

Help for Lortab Addiction

If you or a loved one is struggling with Lortab addiction, call our toll-free helpline today. Our admissions coordinators are available 24 hours a day to help you find an accessible treatment program that suits your medical and psychological needs. Please call today.