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Get Prescription Drugs Without Prescription at Florida’s Pill Mills

It’s no secret that prescription drugs can be bought on the street. But what about buying them from a doctor – illegally?

Apparently, the State of Florida is cracking down on a trend known as “Pill Mills”. These are typically smaller pain clinics you find in strip malls that offer walk-in medical treatment for flu shots, colds, and other low-level illnesses.

What’s happened is that a few bad apples have begun making it easy to get prescriptions for Oxycodone, Oxycontin and the like. If you’re willing to pay, the “Pill Mills” are happy to oblige.

Here’s a news broadcast regarding Florida Pill Mills and the effects they have on nearby communities.

Why post negative news about Opiates on this website?
In case you wonder why we post this kind of information on a website dedicated to the education of proper opiate usage? Easy – There IS an epidemic occurring. It’s important that people understand that what we’re trying to do is educate patients and doctors that when prescribed to people who are truly in chronic pain and/or suffer from bipolar disorder, opiates can be a blessing. The people who are abusing them, such as these Florida Pill Mills, are only making matters worse for those who are in desperate need of help.

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Are Opiates Dangerous?

First – What are opiates?

Opiates are powerful drugs derived from the poppy plant that have been used for centuries to relieve pain.  Also known as narcotics, opiates can be natural or synthetic.  The natural opiates include opium, morphine, and codeine.  Other substances, called opioids, are man-made.  These substances are like opiates in that they are most often used to treat chronic or severe pain and are also highly addictive.  These substances include Dilaudid, Demerol, Oxycodone, Vicodin, Fentanyl, Methadone, and Darvon.  Heroin is an opioid manufactured from morphine.  Heroin has no medicinal uses; it is used for its ability to give the user a feeling of euphoria.

What are warning signs?

The reaction a user experiences from the opiate is directly related to several factors including length of time, quantity of use, method of use, and the source of the opiate.  If a user gets his/her opiate from the street versus the pharmacy, it is usually mixed with numerous other substances, some of which are potentially deadly.  Under a doctor’s supervision and with responsible use by a patient, opiates are effective painkillers; however, even appropriate use over long term can lead to dependence.  When a person becomes dependent, finding and using the drug often becomes the main focus in life.  Users may “doctor shop” and go to several different physicians with complaints of pain and requests for opiates.  Users may seek suppliers from the Internet or the streets; these activities are dangerous and illegal.

Are opiates dangerous?

This opens a can of worms for most medical practitioners  The truth? Opiates are addictive and that bothers a lot of people in the medical field. Are they dangerous? Not really. They calm people. Relieve pain symptoms, do little to no damage to the rest of the body when compared to anti-inflammatory drugs, and other pain relievers  Still, doctors are quick to assume they are dangerous, and if truth be told, it’s because of ignorance, lack of current opiate education, and believing age-old stigmas associated with this and many other drugs. Which do you think is safer for your body – Alcohol or opiates? (The answer: Opiates. Alcohol hurts your liver, digestive system, ruins brain tissue and much more. Opiates do very little in the way of damage.)

What are the effects?

Effects of opiate use can vary depending on the method of use.  The user may have a flushed appearance and complain of dry mouth.  The user may also notice periods of “nodding off” or going back and forth between feelings drowsy and alert.  The user may also complain about his/her limbs feeling extremely heavy. These effects will most likely disappear within a few hours, as the opiate wears off.   Excessive use of opiates can cause a slowdown in activity of the respiratory center in the brain stem, which results in decreased breathing rate or shut down breathing altogether.  When someone overdoses on an opiate, it is the action of the opiate on the brain stem’s respiratory centers that can cause the person to stop breathing and die.  Over time, opiate users may develop infections of the heart lining and valves, skin abscesses, and congested lungs. Infections from unsterilized paraphernalia can cause illness such as liver disease, tetanus (lockjaw), and serum hepatitis.

With use over time, the user may notice he/she is not getting the same effect from the amount of drug being used.  This is called tolerance.  The user must now increase the amount of the drug being used to achieve the same effect.   When an opiate-dependent person stops taking the drug, withdrawal usually begins within 4-6 hours after the last dose.  Symptoms may include uneasiness, diarrhea, abdominal cramps, chills, sweating, nausea, runny eyes, and runny nose.

Author / Dr. Robert Cochran Invites Pain Sufferer’s to Share Stories in Opiate Cure Forum

It was just a few weeks ago that OpiateCureBlog.com launched the opiate forum. Since that time many have chosen to join and post their stories regarding suffering from chronic pain symptoms, bipolar disorders, and also how being prescribed opiates such as oxycodone, Lortab (hydrocodone) methadone and other opiate-based drugs have made a difference in their lives.

One recurring theme in the comments and posts left in the forum seems to be the general lack of belief doctors have regarding using opiates to treat, manage and possibly cure these disorders.

According to one former patient of Dr. Robert Cochran’s, “Handing the book ‘The Opiate Cure‘ to my doctor proved to be a very bad idea”. The patient was soon labelled “an addict” by their doctor. The doctor even suggested that the patient was attempting to use the book as a means to have more opiates prescribed. It seems there’s a very divided line between believers and nonbelievers of opiate therapy.

The other recurring theme in the forum is the number of patients having difficulty finding a doctor willing to even consider the possibilities.

Our recommendation – Join the forum and continue the conversations about opiate therapies. This is one of the only ways that doctors, the general public and the medical community can be educated on the help opiates offer those who suffer – Feedback from patients who have benefitted from the treatment(s).

If you know of any other forums or blogs that share similar beliefs regarding using opiates for treating chronic pain and bipolar disorder, please share them with us.

Opiates Available Just 3 Doors Down

While some patients are being prescribing pain-killers (opiates like Oxycontin, hydrocodone) and anti-depressants like Xanax and even other medications like sleeping pills, some people are obviously finding these drugs on the street.

Just recently on Nashville’s streets, the bassist for rock band 3 Doors Down, Tom Harrell was arrested for vehicular manslaughter and was noted as saying he had taken Lortabs along with alcohol  Police also found oxycodone and Xanax in his socks where apparently he hides these pills.

Are opiates and anti-anxiety drugs rampant in our society? What’s the deal?

If you read any self-help books, you’ll find that many “life coaches” are writing more and more about the pressures of modern society. And, perhaps men and women were not built to live in homes, pay utility bills and work in cubicles all day. All of wich, create stresses that the human body and mind were not actually built for. Are we mice in an experiemental maze looking for relief from society and our roller coaster economy? Just maybe we are.

The severe rise in opiate usage is why so many doctors are cutting back on prescribing them. Or, at least they say they are. Prescriptions for opiate-based drugs are at an all time high for pain relief, and for some, the relief of mental pressures from simple day to day living.

It’s not easy merely getting by in our society, is it? We have electric dog bone makers on TV that allow our pets to eat healthy snacks vs. store-bought bones. Is this really the type of things we “think we need to be happy?”

We’ll dive more into this in future articles. It’s becoming all to common that people are using opiates for mental relief and relaxation. Which begs the question – Is using opiates for bi-polar disorder a good or bad idea.

Share your thoughts with us.

Press for Opiate Cure Blog Forum Taking Hold

It’s been only 5 hours since a press release was issued announcing the new forum at OpiateCureBlog.com, and already there has been a few former Dr. Cochran patients who’ve signed up to contribute.

Read the full press release about the launch of the forum, and also some notes about the difficulty some former patients have had in finding replacement care since Dr. Cochran’s retirement.
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Who’s Right and Who’s Wrong about Opiate Prescriptions

It doesn’t take much searching the Internet to see the wide variance of opinions regarding prescribing opiates for treating pain and fatigue. While Dr. Cochran’s books suggest all of the benefits associated with using opiates like oxycodone  Oxycontin, morphine and other narcotics, some doctors are doing their best to get them reduced, while others are simply not prescribing them at all.

One company, Physician’s Technology, LLC is on a mission. A mission to remove one billion of these pills from the street. Yes, you read that correctly, ONE BILLION PILLS removed from the street. This firm believes it has created therapies that c=will replace the need for opiate treatments, and claims they work even better.

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purple-drank

Opiate Cure News Surrounded by Addiction Press

Not long ago, OpiateCureBlog.com issued press releases concerning Dr. Robert Cochran’s books and the opening of this blog, catering to former patients of Dr. Cochran who need a public forum in which to communicate. What we could never have projected was that the press created is surrounded by addition news. Most recently, news about rap music icon, “Lil Wayne” entering Passages Malibu treatment center to recover from his addiction to the street drug named, “Purple Drank”.

Purple Drank is a combination of cough syrup with codeine  Jolly Rancher candy, and soda pop. The combination of the ingredients has become a favorite of many in the South who drink the concoction for fun and to get high.

Opiate Cure Blog Forum to Post More Patient Stories from Dr. Robert T. Cochran Jr.

It’s only been one day since the OpiateCureBlog.com Forum opened, but we’ve already had three former patients of Dr. Robert Cochran sign-up. All three patients have asked OpiateCureBlog.com what is or is not appropriate to post in the forum.

In truth, we can’t put limitations on the forum, or it’s not really a forum at all.

The following, are basic guidelines for the OpiateCureBlog.com Forum:

  • Refrain from using names, whether personal, names of physicians, and / or state medical board employees or directors. The Opiate Cure book has plenty of controversy, so there’s no need to put anyone in harm’s way.
  • Avoid using your name, or anything that would identify you.
  • Be honest, and as neutral as possible, allowing readers to judge for themselves.

We welcome any and all feedback. Please visit our Contact Page to send us a note.

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Part 2 – Audio Interview with Dr. Robert T. Cochran Jr. on Music City View

Music City View host, Drew Bourke, sat down with Dr. Robert Cochran for an in-depth interview about opiates, his practice, and what patients are like who suffer from bipolar and extensive pain.

“Interestingly enough, Dr. Cochran is well aware of how many people who seek opiates to help with back and neck pain, will resort to buying them on the street. His patients have been honest with him on this topic and also helped him understand the depth of the pain they suffer, and also the extent they will go to find relief.

Anyone interested in learning more about opiate pain management, opiates, and their effect on bipolar disorder and chronic pain should acquaint themselves with all three of Doctor Cochran’s books. The Opiate Cure, though the last in the series, is a great place to begin”, according to Mr. Bourke.
(Available at Amazon.com in soft cover and Kindle versions)

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Part 1 – Audio Interview with Dr. Robert T. Cochran Jr. on Music City View

Music City View host, Drew Bourke, recently sat down with Dr. Robert Cochran for an in-depth interview about his retirement, and the many challenges he faced as a cutting-edge physician.

“I recently had the pleasure of sitting down with Dr. Robert T. Cochran Jr. Our conversation was intriguing, thanks to the many facets of Dr. Cochran’s career, and of course, the controversy surrounding the three books he authored, The Opiate Cure, Understanding Chronic Pain and Curing Chronic Pain”, according to Mr. Bourke.
(Available at Amazon.com in soft cover and Kindle versions)

Dr. Cochran explains the challenges he and many other physicians are facing who have tried to introduce what are considered, “unconventional treatments” into the mainstream medical community.

Dr. Cochran retired in December 2012, though his work is apparently not yet complete.

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