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February 2, 2008

Program suggests Americans use too many prescription drugs


“I haven’t used drugs or craved them in all that time,” she said Wednesday. “I got on drugs because I was a cheerleader in college and we had a weight limit — if we gained five pounds, we were off the team.

“So I started using meth to control my weight. Then I fell and hurt my shoulder during a routine and started taking a prescription drug with codeine.

“Lortab became my new best friend. But after graduation, I realized that if I was going to get a corporate job, I would have to take a drug test.”

By this time her shoulder pain was gone and she had no legitimate reason to test positive for pain pills. “So I started thinking, ‘What can I get that will be legal, from a doctor?’ That’s when I started faking panic attacks.

“That medicine had me nodding me out all the time and I couldn’t remember things. That’s when I decided I needed treatment, and I came here.

“I used to live in a world of lies, and now I don’t.”

There are a variety of programs for people seeking to end their addictions to drugs or alcohol. Narconon can be reached at 339-5800 or

Some programs operate on a sliding scale, some are free, and some cost. Check with your insurance plan to see if it covers drug or alcohol addiction services.

The Oaks Rehabilitative Center, Seventh and Creek, can be reached at 423-6030. Carl Albert Mental Health Center, 1101 E. Monroe Ave., 426-7800, offers both individual and group counseling.

The District 18 Drug Court offers qualified non-drug traffickers the option of staying off drugs and out of prison. They are at 118 E. Carl Albert Pkwy., 423-7323.

Contact Susan Brittingham at 421-2029 or e-mail

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