Addicted to Prescription Drugs
News article published on: 21st June 2017
Ant McPartlin, co-host of Britain’s Got Talent and comedy duo Ant and Dec has boldly spoken out about his substance abuse, prescription drugs and alcohol addictions.
After undergoing a knee operation on his right knee two years ago, which sadly went wrong Ant has been left with chronic pain to the right knee. He has now checked into a rehabilitation clinic after spiralling into depression and becoming dependent on a Class C Opiate – based painkiller, Tramadol. He is also being treated for his alcohol addiction, following misuse of alcohol as a coping mechanism for serious pain. He will attend group counselling and one to one therapy sessions for treatment and support to address his addictions.
In recent years, patients are being offered prescription drugs as a means of treatment for chronic pain. Whilst these medications are often safe and effective, Opiates which are commonly used such as Tramadol, Fentanyl and Morphine can be highly addictive and can result in drug addiction and dependency.
Whilst prescription drugs can often help a patient at first and address the symptoms i.e. pain relief or lack of sleep, over a period of time patients may, as they are self-medicating increase the dosage in order to feel better or take alternative prescriptions when symptoms aren’t present, to get through the day or function normally.
Addiction will have an adverse effect on a patient’s health, both mentally and physically, with long-term effects on brain function. This may in turn affect a patients ability to make sound decisions, affect their self-control, lead to an inability to work, or loss of social interaction. Physical side effects can include an irregular heartbeat, high blood pressure, constipation and nausea.
What started as a straight forward knee operation for Ant McPartlin has resulted in a long standing condition with symptoms of intense joint and muscle pain, limited mobility, tiredness as well as the emotional side effects including depression and addiction to prescribed medication. All of this probably could have been avoided if the surgery that he had underwent had been successful and his pain levels controlled.
If you or a member of your family have experienced an addiction to prescribed medication, it is important to seek medical advice from your GP.
At Osbornes Law we care about how you are treated both by medical professionals at hospital and also under the care of your GP or other treating doctor. If you think that the medical care you have received fell below the standards expected of a reasonably competent medical professional, then please do not hesitate to contact Stephanie Prior, Head of Medical Negligence or Nicola Hall, Solicitor on 020 7681 8671.