Keystone Hall’s Vice President to Speak about Prescription Drug Abuse

On 06/26/2012

Lindsay, a resident of the Cynthia Day Family Center at Keystone Hall, tells her story of her struggles with her addiction to prescribed drugs.

Our Vice President of Keystone Hall , Annette Escalante, will be part of a panel discussion about prescription drug abuse in NH, to be held at Nashua High School South on Thursday, June 28, at 7 p.m. As we have expressed in earlier blogs, prescription drug abuse is a fast-rising drug trend in our community and nationally.

Keystone Hall in Nashua, New Hampshire has seen a dramatic increase in the number of clients who report that their drug of choice is an opiate, typically in the form of a prescription drug.  Keystone Hall is also seeing a huge surge in youth who are also abusing prescription drugs. Alexander Hamel, along-time employee of Keystone Hall, said that the non-profit substance use disorder center is “commonly seeing this addiction in young adults between the ages of 18 and 30. According to Hamel, “many turn to abusing drugs initially prescribed to treat legitimate injuries. These opiates that are being abused are Oxycontin and pain relievers, which are in the class of drugs where addiction happens very rapidly. Unfortunately, when someone stops taking them, they don’t feel well and they will go through a opiate withdrawal which is described as being ten times worse than the flu. In seeking a way to fix that feeling, people will seek these drugs elsewhere,  like on the streets, when their prescription runs out”.

Lindsay G., who currently lives at Keystone Hall in the Cynthia Day Family Center along with her son, is seeking sobriety and recovery from her opiate addiction. She said, “one winter I slipped and fell on ice and the doctor that I was seeing had prescribed to me a 100 Percocets a month, and then he just cut me off . I starting having withdrawals so my friend said ‘try this’; it was Oxycontin. Once I starting using Oxycontin,  I was addicted. I then tried to seek help through my parents after two years of abusing but, they took me to the same doctor who prescribed me more Oxycontin to get off of the drugs I was taking, and that only made my addiction worse. I eventually lost everything – my house, my job, I got a divorce, and I lost custody of my daughter. I really wanted to get clean but since I already knew what withdrawals felt like, I knew I couldn’t quit cold turkey so I starting going to the methadone clinic. I spent a long time abusing and in that time I became pregnant. What made really seek help (through Keystone Hall) was having to watch my newborn son go through methadone withdrawals because of my addiction. It was heartbreaking. So in order to stay clean I now plan on attending the full 6 month program at the Cynthia Day program so I can get back my daughter and start my life over again.”

Lindsay was willing to share her story so more people will be aware of how easy it is to become addicted to prescribed drugs. She also wanted to share her struggle with addiction so other like herself will know that there is help out there.

Lindsay is not the only one out there who struggling with an addiction to prescribed drugs. The panel discussion on Thursday is open to the public, and the entire community is invited  to learn more about the issue and get advice and information from the experts. This panel will also include Lt. David Bailey at the Nashua Police Department, Scott O’Niel, a recovering addict, and Bill Hughen, a guidance counselor at Alvirne High School, according to an article in The Nashua Telegraph.

If you or someone you love is suffering from an addition to prescriptions, help is available. Contact Keystone Hall at 603-881-4848 or email hope@keystonehall.org for free and confidential information about the treatment programs available.




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