Do you have what addicts want? How to keep your medication safe

>> I’VE TAKEN PRESCRIPTION PILLS OUT OF MY SISTER’S MEDICINE CABINET, MY GRANDMOTHER’S MEDICINE CABINET. JIM: KEVIN WOOD IS 38 FROM MACHIAS, HIS DOWNWARD SPIRAL INTO THE WORLD OF DRUG ADDICTION BEGAN WITH PRESCRIPTION MEDICATIONS. >> I’VE DONE DOOR-TO-DOOR SALES AND I’VE ACTUALLY ASKED PEOPLE TO USE THEIR BATHROOMS AND OPENED THE MEDICINE CABINETS AND TAKEN PRESCRIPTION DRUGS FROM THOSE PEOPLE I DIDN’T EVEN KNOW. JIM: HE’S NOW ON THE ROAD TO RECOVERY, LIVING ON THIS 500-ACRE FARM IN WINTHROP, A CHRISTIAN-BASED DRUG AND ALCOHOL RECOVERY PROGRAM. AND DESPITE ITS NAME, TEEN CHALLENGE, HERE MEN 18 AND OLDER TAKE PART IN A 15-MONTH RECOVERY PROGRAM. >> THERE WAS SHAME AND GUILT BACK WHEN I WAS DOING IT, YEAH, I WASN’T THE GREATEST OF PEOPLE. JIM: WOOD SAYS HE HAD SUNK TO THE LOWEST OR LOWS, HE SAYS AN — OF LOWS, HE SAYS AN ADDICT WILL DO AND SAY ANYTHING TO GET THEIR FIX. >> LOCK UP YOUR MEDICATIONS. DON’T LEAVE THEM OUT. DON’T LET STRANGE PEOPLE IN YOUR BATHROOM. JIM: DURING AN OPEN HOUSE YOU COULD HAVE DOZENS OF PEOPLE IN THERE. >> ABSOLUTELY. JIM: SUSAN CROTEAU HAS HEARD THE STORIES OF PEOPLE RUMMAGING THROUGH MEDICINE CABINETS AND OTHER PLACES. >> THEY’RE GOING TO LOOK EVERYWHERE. THEY’RE GOING TO OPEN UP YOUR REFRIGERATOR, THEY’RE GOING TO OPEN UP YOUR CLOSETS, THEY ARE GOING TO TREAT THIS AS IF IT’S THEIR OWN HOME. JIM: SHE’S A REAL ESTATE AGENT WHO NOW HAS TO INFORM AND WARN HER CLIENTS WHEN IT COMES TO OPEN HOUSES AND SHOWINGS. >> UNFORTUNATELY, SOME PEOPLE ARE HERE FOR THE REASON OF LOOKING FOR THINGS OF VALUE OR YOUR MEDICATIONS AND THINGS LIKE THAT. JIM: JUST LIKE YOU WOULD NOT LEAVE CASH OUT ON THE TABLE, EXPENSIVE JEWELRY HANGING AROUND, NOW YOU HAVE TO THINK ABOUT YOUR MEDICATIONS, ASK YOURSELF, DO I HAVE WHAT ADDICTS WANT? IF SO, PUT THEM AWAY WITH ALL OF YOUR OTHER VALUABLES AND IT CAN BE IN A SIMPLE, INEXPENSIVE FILING CABINET WITH A LOCK. >> I LIED AND CHEATED MY FAMILY OUT OF LOTS OF MONEY TO GET DRUGS. JIM: AMY DONAHUE IS ANOTHER RECOVERING ADDICT. SHE SAYS DESPITE THE GUILT, SHE CONTINUED TO STEAL. >> EVEN IF IT MAKES YOU FEEL BAD, YOU KNOW IT’S AGAINST EVERYTHING YOU BELIEVE IN, YOU STILL DO IT BECAUSE THE NEED TO HAVE IT IS SO GREA JIM: HEARING FROM AMY DONAHUE AND KEVIN WOOD HELPS TO SHED LIGHT ON A PROBLEM AND EDUCATE THOSE WHO MIGHT FALL VICTIM TO AN ADDICT’S AC >> I AM A PISCES. >> AQUARIUS. >> WE ARE GOOD SIGNS. WATER SIGNS. JIM: AMY DONAHUE IS NOW VOLUNTEERING HER TIME AT PORTLAND RECOVERY COMMUNITY CENTER. AND SETTING GOALS AGAIN. >> YOU DON’T HAVE TO LIVE THAT DISMAL, VULGAR LIFE.

Leave a Reply

(*) Required, Your email will not be published