Doctor Explains Prescription Drug Abuse

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September is Pain Awareness Month and Dr. Eric Collins, Physician-in-Chief of Silver Hill Hospital, joined the Fox CT Morning Extra to talk about prescription drug abuse.

Prescription drug abuse is the use of a medication without a prescription, in a way other than as prescribed, or for the experience or feelings elicited.

Eight tips to beat the pain without medication:

  • Be Grateful – appreciate daily joys.
  • Be Engaged – read a book, watch a movie, or volunteer in your community.
  • Be Active – find safe, comfortable ways to exercise.
  • Be Relaxed – practice meditation, deep breathing, and be mindful.
  • Be Well – do “mini checks” to focus on what feels right, not what’s in pain.
  • Be Rewarded – do something nice for yourself.
  • Be Kind – put personal needs in perspective.
  • Be Open – join a support group.

For more information, visit the website:

For substance abuse and mental health services, call: 1-800- 662-HELP or visit:

National Institute on Drug Abuse:

National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence:

And always call 911 in an emergency.

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