|By Safe Call Now® President & Founder - Sean Riley|
Here’s something I see too often with #1stresponders that call the Safe Call Now® crisis line. Officers being over prescribed medication or prescribed medication that may not be necessary for what they’re currently dealing with.
Let me give you an example; I generally see when a #1stresponder experiences a traumatic event or multiple events they may afterwards feel depressed, anxious and unable to sleep. They’re searching for answers to these problems and visit their family doctor. Too often they report that they are prescribed anti-depressants, sleep aids and benzodiazepines (something like Xanax) to deal with these issues. I always say when you get this combination of three drugs going, at some point we at Safe Call Now® will be dealing with you.
Are we medicating normal feelings to an abnormal situation? In most cases I believe so. What gives me the ability or expertise to qualify this statement? Through 23 years of addiction I was often prescribed these medications and just about everything else known to mankind and experienced their side effects and became dependent on some. What do I see as the potential problem? The health care industry is a complicated business and as I view it driven by the almighty dollar. When I went to the doctor it seemed that I spent less time with them as their volume of seeing patients must increase to sometimes just break even when dealing with insurance companies. Not their fault it’s just the way the system is set up.