2010 Shows

Dr. Phil delves into the prescription drug crisis in America that is permeating everywhere from high schools to Hollywood. The untimely death of several of celebrities, including former child actor Corey Haim, is causing many people to wonder what and who is to blame for their deaths. Joining the show to uncover the reality of the widespread prescription drug epidemic is Dr. Phil contributor Kelly Osbourne; correspondent from The Insider Chris Jacobs; Corey Haim's agent and friend, Mark Heaslip, and addiction specialist Dr. Harold Urschel. Listen in on Kelly’s candid conversation with a group of young adults who have taken pills, and find out where they got them and how often they took them. And, California Attorney General, Jerry Brown, joins the show to share the details of a drug ring investigation he's spearheading to fight prescription drug abuse. Learn about the latest arrests and how they may be linked to Corey Haim's death. If you're a parent, this is your call to action. Learn the warning signs to watch for so your child isn't the next victim.

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Replied By: pwphyl on Aug 31, 2012, 8:18AM
I have a 22 year old grandson who has been virtually kept away from the family due to his stealing and lying in order to get alcohol and drugs.  He feels abandoned by the family but noone can trust him in their home.  He has stolen liquor, money, items, prescription medication and anything that he could get in order to feed his habit.  He is unwilling to admit any of this and try to help himself.  He needs serious treatment, and has in fact, entered treatment programs and never completed them.  He has also had legal issues in the past and is likely to end up dead or in prison.  He is a very handsome young man with much potential, but no one in the family can seem to get through to him.  I am very scared, as I love my grandson and it would devastate me if something happened to him.
Replied By: kinpain on Dec 5, 2010, 11:06AM - In reply to dmjenningsok
I completely agree. I take oxycontin, oxycodone, lorazepam and zopiclone, as well as an anti-depressant, a neuropathic pain med and muscle relaxant. Most of these drugs are highly addictive, but I am NOT an addict. I am a person who has many problems with my spine, as well as severe arthritis in my spine and other joints. I live my life in EXTREME pain. I take these drugs responsibly, as prescribed by my doctor. I also see a pain specialist, and receive injections as well as the medications. To not mention in the shows that these medications are useful and helpful to so many people, is irresponsible. There are millions of us that do take the medications responsibly, in order to live some sort of "normal" life. For us to not take them, would leave us bound to our beds, not able to move without excruciating pain. The percentage of people who take prescription meds for valid reasons, who do not become addicted, is actually very small in relation to those who end up becoming addicted when the meds are no longer needed. To not mention that there is a difference between addiction and being physcially dependant on these medications is also irresponsible. If we miss a dose of any type of addictive medication, most will experience the symptoms of withdrawal, because our bodies have become dependant on them. It does NOT mean that we are addicted to the meds. But, what can we expect from someone who is not trained in addictions, much less someone who no longer has a license in psychology. Not very much. Thanks "Dr" Phil, along with Oprah and Dr Oz, for making the lives of millions of patients who require such medications in order to have some semblance of a life, to be able to enjoy our families, to keep us working and not on living off the backs of others because we have to draw on disability, to be able to perform the minute tasks that "normal" people take for granted; thanks for making it so much harder for us to acquire these medications that we need to be able to perform all of the activities above. But no, you just harp on the idea that anyone who takes prescription meds will become an evil addict.
Replied By: catlover18 on May 5, 2010, 7:31AM
The coroner has offically ruled that Corey died of natural causes, not drugs.  I'm angry that everyone assumed it was drugs before they had proof.
Replied By: lasdyinred on Apr 5, 2010, 10:54AM
I have had RSD for 8 yrs now, and I never knew what SEVERE pain could be like,until I had RSD, REFLEX SYMPATHETIC DYSTROPHY ..IT IS SO PAINFUL,it is unreal.. and when the pain specialist told me that I would have to be put onto oxycontin,as my last resort,, I struggled with that,,since my husband had only just been on that prior to his passing due to pancreatic cancer and then he managed to wait until the last 2 months before he was on  oxycontin,for his pain.. so now for me to be on it, I was not  too pleased ..BUT MY PAIN WAS UNBEARABLE,,and I was not a wimp,, I had been a strong employed ambitous physically fit when I fell at work and  broke my shoulder/etc, needed shoulder surgery and ended up with RSD and  it spread from my shoulder /neck area to my back /legs, and inner organs,giving me heart, bowel problems,difficulty walking, and incredible back aches and discs are destroyed in the neck and lowered back.. so am I in pain,OH YES,,INCREDIBLE...and does OXYCONTIN HELP? IT TAKES THE EDGE OFF,to make my life abit more bearable,, but it does not make it well enough for me to work or even have a life but enough for me to not go completely crazy.. THE only thing that keeps me from going nuts is my faith In GOD.. and knowing that there is life after death,, and after all this, there is a better place,, where I will again meet my husband! (but I also do not believe in  going there before it is "God's time!) ,!

I must say on that I am very careful with my meds, with my grandchildren around,keep them locked . and if there were such a thing as  a drug test,here in Canada,I would welcome it any time of the day or night. I also, only See ONE Doctor ,and go to ONE drugstore, always, never fails and at year end, I could get a print out of meds from drugstore so the doc could see  it if he wanted to moniter my usage if he wanted to,I would gladly give him a copy.. I have nothing to hide ever...

Dr.phil, it would have been so nice to have you  say that yes, there is  a need for these pills ..But since you didn;t can you please do a show on RSD???? please?? there are so many of us suffering.. I have at least 350 friends with it,on facebook,, it is terrible disease, and no one know s about it..or cares...
Do a show so people know what RSD is ..please.?. thanks  so much!
Replied By: phoenixcuties3 on Mar 31, 2010, 1:47PM
I had a brother who had panick attacks and became an alcoholic because of them.  He went into treatment and was over prescribed with medications.  So much so that he ended up committing suicide.  I think doctors have been robots just to bandaid the problem. 

I truly want to say I am so impressed with Kelly Osbourne.  What a transformation!  You are beautiful inside and out and I am so happy you are on the light side, not the dark side.  Your brother Jack too!  Love that you all have taken the necessary steps to get clean.  I wish we had this type of info back in the 80's when my brother was being prescribed medication after medication, and my family thinking "oh, its from the doctor, he is going to be fine."    God Bless you Kelly!  I just wanted to tell you that you are doing the BEST with what you have learned in life and helping others along the way. :)

Phoenix, AZ
Replied By: dmjenningsok on Mar 30, 2010, 12:21PM - In reply to shabbychicer
I have SLE (systemic lupus eryathemtous) or lupus for short and here we go again....another show on ONE side of the narcotic pain issue because someone of high profile who was a very severe addict and doctor hopped, broke the law and was in emotional pain sadly lost his life. 

Before ANYONE jumps on me and says that I do not understand, please hear me when I say I understand both sides of the issue.  My mother was probably one of the first.  She had severe migraines and probably emotionally bipolarism not being treated, and eventually became addicted to RX meds a long time ago.  I am 42 years old and she died due to an accident directly related to her intoxication from these drugs.  She was pharmacy hopping and her doctor was giving her too many Rxs (filling them too often)  

It took a long time to diagnosis my lupus, and when symptoms began to appear almost 8 years ago now, they had Vioxx, which was an awesome pain management medication but then it was taken off the market but I had to stop taken it long before due to the fact that it created an ulcer...and now I am unable to take any NSAIDs for more than one or two doses. 

So, when lupus came along and the terrible pain that goes with it, I am got under the pain management care of a doctor who is not afraid, at this point, to still prescribe pain medication appropriately...IF  I adhere to there strict policy....I agree to lock the medicine up or secure it.  I subject myself to random  drug tests that keep tract of the levels in my body to make sure I am not only taking the amount they prescribe and also not stockpiling it or selling it...and this test also tests for illegal drugs as well.  I go once a month for the prescription...nothing is called in over the phone.  They have no prescription pads in this office...everything is done on computer...

I ask you, please, Dr. Phil and staff, if you read these and agree with these discussions.  There is an appropriate side to this story.  People can follow their doctors orders and do what they are supposed to regarding these medications!  I appreciate the intent of the show and it was to educate parents to protect their prescriptions and I know you only have an hour. 

But having lost someone dear to me to such a fate, I am what you call a 12-step person in pain mgmt and by that I mean, I let God be in charge of my life every day!   I have questions I ask myself before I take the medication and I have certain medications I WILL NOT let them prescribe me. 

I hope for the sake of people with chronic illnessesand  and those recovering from cancer or other ailments that these types of shows don't' scare the last good doctor away from what he/she has been doing and that is assessing individual needs, making strict requirements and then holding their patients to those  standards.  I think if enough of us blog, TWEET, and send messages, maybe he will see them!  Blessings all my fellow chronicers and to those of you struggling with someone with addiction, or  have it yourself,  or have lost someone to it, I have been there to and I am so sorry for you!  Please get to a place or person that can help you! 

My purpse was NEVER to offend anyone but to just try and get the other side of the story out!

Replied By: dmjenningsok on Mar 30, 2010, 11:45AM
While the abuse of Rx pain meds seems to be on the rise, and I understand the intent of this show, I was frustrated by the fact that not once was it mentioned that there is actually a place for the proper use of such medications. 
I have lupus and have been responsibly using narcotic medication to help me deal with the incredible pain that it has caused.  I have ONE doctor, ONE pharmacy and I have random drug tests to tests the levels in my blood match the Rx and who also does the At to Z of  all other drugs, prescription and illegal.  Some would see this as an invasion of my privacy.  I see it as accountability and being just plain smart!   I see my physician once a month for blood tests to check on my how my organs are responding to the other lupus medications.  Unfortunately, there is not a "LUPUS" medication to date, so it is just hit and miss right now.  But I do take two other ones to try and keep me in remission that have nothing to do with pain management.  ...

You are probably reading this and thinking "why not choose all the non-narcotic options?"  One answer. around 5 to 6 years ago..before I was diagnosed but in a lot of pain, I was prescriped a drug named Vioxxx which was an excellent reliever but it caused me to have an ulcer and then it was pulled from the market for other side effects..Since then, I have been unable to take any NSAID, OTC or prescription, for more than one or two doses.  It is extremely important to me to protect these medications for my kids, so they are either with me or hidden and counted very often and since my doctor refills monthly only, I would notice if they started disappearing quickly. 

The attack on these drugs and the and high-profile deaths are probably going to have the fallout  of more and more physicians to discontinue prescribing them to the millions of people with situations like mine.  I wish the other side of the story had been shown...just to create balance! 

If you think I don't understand about crisis, I do.  I am 42 years old and when I was 18, I had a mother that died due to her intoxication of an overdose to prescription medications that started because of treatment for horrible migraines.  She may have been a precusor of things to come...she kept all her records, and she was pharmacy hopping even back then.  So, you can imagine how important it is to me to watch why, when and for what reason I am taking my prescribed medication and am I following dosing instructions? 

Chronic diseases, like lupus, rhumatoid arthritis, fibromyalgia, and so on are hard enough to live with without a public questioning if we are drug addicts if we use a certain class of medication to control our daily pain. 

Please, please, please watch your children for the illegal use of these medications and know that just like illicit drugs.  However, please know there are people out there that are trying to be the best they can be for their family and just be able to move around...I rarely if EVER tell anyone about these types of RXs due to the stigma they have become, and that stigma is becoming worse because the other side of the story is not being told. 

I am a person who already believed that I am powerless over my life and that God is in control...and I will NEVER become what happened to my Mom.  I just want to be the best I can be for my husband, my family and my children. 

Replied By: alineelizabeth on Mar 26, 2010, 7:35PM
My 28 year old daughter was prescribed oxycontin by a doctor since she was 23 years old.  There were never any tests taken, and she received the pills on a monthly basis.  All she said was she had back pain. She became horribly addicted to this drug and now injects it into her arm with a needle.  She also was given this drug while she was pregnant and also after my beautiful Granddaughter was born three years ago. This same doctor prescribed oxycontin to the father of my granddaughter at the same time, knowing they both were living together and had just become new parents.
And, to top that off this same doctor prescribed oxycontin to my 24 year old son during this same time frame.  He was also living with them during this whole injustice.  It was several years of rehabilitation and detox and money spent before I found out that they would get out of rehab and find their prescriptions for this drug waiting for them at the pharmacy.
Needless to say all three young adults have severe addictions to this day and have gone through many detox and rehabilitation programs.  All of them desperately want to quit, but find themselves relapsing and feeling like a failure.  My daughter has lost custody of her little girl, who is now being cared for by me (grandmother).  All of them have progressed to injecting with a needle.

Several years ago I submitted paperwork to the Medical Board regarding this doctor and they found her negligent.  As of this time she is still practicing.  My daughter quickly found another doctor who would prescribe oxycontin to her and I have also turned this doctor in as well just one month ago.
When someone's brain is so taken over by this horrible drug that takes away your soul and everything else you have, a Mother like me would like some answers as to why this drug is still on the market and being produced?  Also, why is it prescribed so easily?  It has been an uphill fight for the lives of my children ever since this started.
Replied By: elishai on Mar 26, 2010, 6:52PM
i did get to watch the show about perscription deug abuse and i think i should be able to watch it on line and not have to pay for a dvd. i am poor.
Replied By: grandma68 on Mar 26, 2010, 3:33PM
Tracey you are a hero and you should not let those scars get in your way. Not many people would have done what you did. You are a "BEAUTIFUL" women and you should be very proud of yourself. If your friends can't accept you for who you really are then they are not your friends. Don't try to buy them, they are just using you. You need to accept yourself for who you are and for what you have accomplished in your life. Whenever you get down, just look at that beautiful daughter of yours and then look at yourself in the mirror. Tracey you "ARE" beautiful and don't let anyone tell you otherwise. Good Luck in the future and God Bless .
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