What to do if you think a friend is abusing prescription drugs after a car accident
If a friend or family member has been seriously injured in a Broxbourne car accident then it is highly likely they will be on a cocktail of strong prescription drugs in the first few weeks of their recovery. These will include painkillers, and drugs which help them to get on with their everyday life as easily as possible.
One of the problems with prescription drugs is that they are strong and work well, so it is easy for someone to become reliant on them. With any drugs, taking them often will build up a tolerance, which makes them work less effectively in the same doses. However, taking more can lead to more problems than were originally present after the Broxbourne car accident.
Look for the symptoms
Just knowing that someone is taking prescription drugs doesn’t indicate that they have a problem. You should be looking out for the symptoms of drug abuse such as:
- Visibly taking a lot of medication when they are around you
- Changes in personality or seeming ‘out of it’ a lot of the time
- Becoming secretive and withdrawing from social situations
- Talking about medication or trying to get hold of medication a lot of the time
Talk to them
One of the easiest ways to broach this subject is to be brave and just ask them whether they are abusing their medication or not. In some cases it will simply be a relief for this person to admit that they have a problem, and ask you for help. Even if they don’t want help, you may be able to find out for sure whether they have a problem.
Talk to those closest to them
If you cannot get the answers you need from the person who is abusing the drugs, talk to their family, who will be able to give yo a better idea of what the situation is. They may also be in a better position to help.
Claiming compensation after a Broxbourne car accident
If you have been involved in a car accident, you may be able to claim compensation for your injuries, as long as you can prove that the accident was the fault of someone else. Compensation can help you to pay for better medical care and therapy, which will help you to avoid a prescription drug problem, as you will be monitored more closely by your own doctor.
To make a claim which is more likely to be successful after your Broxbourne car accident, call Accident Advice Helpline on 0800 689 0500 to speak to the friendly, helpful team about what has happened to you, and why you think your car accident entitles you to compensation. If the team agree with you, they can pass you over to our personal injury lawyers who can make a start on your claim.
Date Published: 11th June 2014
Author: David Brown