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UK News 'Opioids have ruined my life' says Co Down dad who prescribed addictive drug for pain relief

10:55  23 october  2019
10:55  23 october  2019 Source:   belfastlive.co.uk

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Opioids are a class of drugs that include the illegal drug heroin as well as pain relievers available legally by prescription , such as oxycodone Opioid pain relievers are generally safe when taken for a short time and as prescribed by a doctor, but because they produce euphoria in addition to pain

Medicare officials thought they had finally figured out how to do their part to fix the troubling problem of opioids being overprescribed to the old and disabled: In 2016, a staggering one in three of the 43.6 million beneficiaries of the program’s drug plan had been prescribed the painkillers.

A man prescribed Fentanyl for pain relief while suffering emotional distress today warns Northern Ireland about the perils of opioids which he says have ruined his life.

Desie Roberts’ world spiralled into despair as he fell into the grip of addiction to prescription drugs.

Now 59 he says he has been left suicidal and explains he was so desperate to come off the medication, he went cold turkey, a decision he believes he was lucky to survive.

Desie, from Ballyholme, Co Down, says after months of first taking Actiq, he suffered a severe personality change leaving him unable to concentrate or connect emotionally with other people including family members.

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Yes, prescription opioids can be addictive . People who misuse prescription opioids are at greater risk of becoming addicted to opioids than people who take them as prescribed by a doctor. They often continue to take the drug simply to avoid painful withdrawal symptoms.

Prescription opioids used for pain relief are generally safe when taken for a short time and as People addicted to an opioid medication who stop using the drug can have severe withdrawal Prescription opioids have effects similar to heroin. While prescription opioid misuse is a risk factor

He also suffered a series of health problems associated with taking the extreme strength opiod.

Desie said: “Actiq was the start of the end for me.”

He added as well as suffering from pain and anxiety he developed a number other problems and after being taken off the drug he was put on Fentanyl.

a close up of a man: Dessie feels his life is all but over © Alan Lewis- PhotopressBelfast.co.uk Dessie feels his life is all but over

Desie said: “I know Fentanyl is believed to be 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine and 30 to 50 times more potent than heroin.

“Now I swing between being like a zombie and someone who is hyper-anxious and cannot get a thought straight in my head.

“I have been told that the damage I have suffered to my brain is not something that will heal or repair.

“So this is me. I’m a mess and I feel constantly desperate and alone in all of this.”

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Opioid addiction and dependency can happen to anyone. What they found was disturbing: People who had a one-day prescription of opioids had a 6 percent chance of being on the drug a year “Most patients taking opioids for pain relief do not become addicted or dependent,” Galligan says .

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Today Desie lives alone, estranged from his wife, unable to hold down a job.

He explained: “I want to warn people about taking prescription drugs and particularly opioids. My life is all but over. The only reason I keep trying is because I’ve a beautiful young daughter who deserves to have a daddy in this world, even a sick one.

“Until I was prescribed these opioids I had everything, a loving family, a good job, a happy and bright future but now I’m a shadow of the man I once was.

“I had been in pain after abdominal surgery and struggling emotionally too when I was initially prescribed opioids. If I’d had any idea that they could have or would have ruined my life, I would never have gone near them.

“I’ve found out that I was given a drug that is normally prescribed for pain in patients with end stage cancer.

“I had pain after surgery but I wasn’t dying, I was anxious but I wasn’t at the end of my life and I certainly didn’t need to be knocked out and turned into a zombie. When I asked for help to come off the drugs, I ended up going cold turkey because I was told there was no safe way to do that so I decided there and then to do it myself.

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“I literally stopped taking the medication and that nearly killed me. I really did think I might die but I just wasn’t prepared to carry on living the life I had been.”

a man in a blue shirt: Desie Roberts wants to warn others of the dangers of opioids © Alan Lewis- PhotopressBelfast.co.uk Desie Roberts wants to warn others of the dangers of opioids

Desie said he wants the public to research medication before they start taking them, and avoid the nightmare his life has become. He added: “I know that we’re meant to trust the medical world and I believe doctors do care and do their best.

“But these synthetic opioids are deadly and they’re an epidemic that I’ve got caught up in. Opioids have ruined my life. I will never recover, I know that now. I keep going for the sake of my daughter.

“I just want people to do their research on what they’re prescribed and at least know the risks of the medication.

“If I’d had any idea of what I was getting into, I would never have taken any of it because it’s ruined my life.”

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