Prescription Drug Overdose Problem In...

Prescription Drug Overdose Problem In Walker County

There are 63 comments on the WIAT-TV Birmingham story from Feb 27, 2008, titled Prescription Drug Overdose Problem In Walker County. In it, WIAT-TV Birmingham reports that:

“She almost died, and I don't want to go through that again, and I don't want anybody else to have to go through that again, my daughter lived.”

The issue came to light after 3 fatalities in an 8-hour window over the weekend, in which the victims all died from prescription medication overdoses. via WIAT-TV Birmingham

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u saving the world_NOT

Fort Payne, AL

#25 Mar 23, 2010
MOTHER and a Nurse wrote:
DR. BOSWELL, IS A PILL PUSHER, I have seen addicts use him for pills to keep there supplys going. He's nothing more than a pill pusher. He over prescribes, knowing patients are addicts he still throws Lortabs,oxcodone, Zanax, and the whole mix at them.. Not stingy either.. 180 pills per month, some more! We wonder why people are dying. Yes, Dr.s are a BIG PART OF THE PROBLEM, WHO ever says there not is WRONG... My son became addicted to pain meds. thanks to Boswell, as have amny other young people, These dr.s ARE A BIG PART OF THIS PROBLEM.. I work in the medical field and see it everyday! No the Dr.s do not make the patients take the pills, But for Gods sake, they think if the Dr. says take ten a day they have to take ten a day! After a year ten a day doesnt work anylonger, and up goes the doseage and often changes to harder more addictive opiate type drugs. Thus we are CREATING DRUG ADDICTS RIGHT OUT OF THE DR.S OFFICES! It really needs to stop. Bowell needs to be barred from medical pratice as do some of the other pill pushers in Walker County! I hope the DEA throws him under the prison systems. I do not know how he can sleep at night with the blood on his hands of so many people he has assited to their demise.
Not only directed to the above post, but to all that are posting similarly... Don't you understand? I know that you have to think logically at some point. Its going to be here regardless of the doctors. If an addict wants meds... an addict get meds! PERIOD! It doesn't matter if the doctors change their writing habits or not. I've seen them come by the barrel load straight from the pharmaceutical companies, from the pharmacists or their employees or their family members, from nurses at hospitals, from truck drivers for the drug companies, the list goes on and on. The truth is that MOST of the patients at these doctors already KNOW what they are going to get. THAT IS WHY THEY GO TO THAT DOCTOR! So all of you that are saying a doctor killed you family member, in most cases, you are in denial. I am truely sympathetic to your loss, but you know that when something like this happens the individual automatically becomes a saint. And just because the prescription says take ten a day, the person knows that sounds extrememly excessive. Come on now...get real. If they want to take ten OR MORE a day they will. Otherwise they will ask questions. Drugs are here they are not going anywhere. Mainly because the GOVERNMENT keeps them here. Where do you think the MARIJUANa comes from? Sure folks have their own ways but the bulk of it is brought into this country by your own precious government. There's too much money involved for them to do away with them. I am a recovering addict and alcoholic. I have 6 years of sobriety. I have seen it all and done most of it, if it concerns drugs. Please get your heads out of the sand and look at your friends and family for what they really are. Just like I was 6 years ago. THEY NEED HELP! It would be sooo much more productive to try to help your child, parent, friend, than it would to waste your time on here posting these rants. Tomorrow may be too late for your loved one. We have no control over the doctors. They are gonna write meds. Help your family and friends!!!
Surviving

Jasper, AL

#26 May 17, 2010
Iam 31 i had a bad car wreck when i was 16 and messed up my back so, when i was 23 i went to this doctor who gave me 120tabs 120oxys 120zanaxs and i have now been struggling with addiction for years and it took so much away from me. cause when u get addicted to these narcotics u will do anything to get them. Iam going to meetings now and just trying to find myself again because you are not urself while using and people around u see i. so who ever thinks its ok to Dr. shop ur not fooling no-one ur life will unravel sooner or later
Sue

United States

#27 May 20, 2010
I have read some of these posts and you can't blame the patient for taking the pills a doctor gives you. People look up to doctors their suppose to do the right thing. And drugs are everywhere you just gotta look away and do the right thing. The doctors who give out that many pills needs to have their licenses taken away......
james allen

Decatur, AL

#28 Jun 29, 2010
if you know or think you know what kind of a doctor by your standards then find somebody else. you cannot judge people by your standards alone. stop and think these people did not have to take the the prescription and get it filled they got it filled number one probably to sell to there so called friends or they were consuming so much they would not even find their car in a parking lot let aloan drive. now if you are that one other person other than jesus christ you sure have a heavy load on you .so why don't you heal these people or mind your own business.by the way if they really wont off of drugs try rehab.
james allen

Decatur, AL

#29 Jun 29, 2010
come on most of you are blaming the doctors.i would be willing to bet that they always had money because they are selling quit a few to their so called friends.i could be wrong but i was on that train several years ago.i made a lot of money we always had great x-mas's very nice birthdays and so on. i got so good at what i was doing if someone wanted 30 i could pore them out in 1 hand and only be off 1 or 2 .im not proud of this but it is true. since then i have turned my life been rebabtized and try to do the lords will.but you cannot beat yourself up.turn your troubles over to the lord he will be there for you good luck
james allen

Decatur, AL

#30 Jun 29, 2010
i feel so sorry for all of you for blaming the dr.the dr.did nothing wrong to you or anybody else put the blame where it lays also oxycontin is a very safe drug as long as taken as prescribed however if you are shooting up or snorting well thats a different story if you do not know how to get the plastic out of them you will die in about 1 to 1.5 years it clogs your arteries.the blame is the person doing it.it hurts but its true.oxycontin will bring about 1 dollar per milligram .im sorry for saying this but this is how i made my living for a #of years until a good friend died because of me ask the lord to help
james allen

Decatur, AL

#31 Jun 30, 2010
i hope that my comments help someoneplease do not blame yourself you did not do anything wrong please get yourself involved in a support group that will help you alot also if if your not involved in church please find one that is suitable to you jesus christ can take that load off of you good to all that ask him that is all you have to do.just ask him. my email is [email protected]
james allen

Decatur, AL

#32 Jul 1, 2010
just another short comment yes we have people who are addicted to pain meds and xanax and lortab is almost not even wanted since dr. are writing for more oxycontin,however they want give them out freely. our problem is meth.there is not a day gone by that you dont see somebody in the paper for making that god awful stuff. well i feel like i've warn my welcome out god bless you all
james allen

Decatur, AL

#33 Jul 2, 2010
is there ant dr. that anyone knows that is writing SECONAL for insomnia i simply cannot get to sleep at bedtime.i am on chronic pain meds but there already out of my system PLEASE EMAIL ME AT [email protected]
SON IS AN ADDICT

Saint George, UT

#34 Jul 28, 2010
SON IS AN ADDICT AND DR.S KNOW IT AND GIVE HIM ZANAX

Dr. Ali, Dr. Boswell and Dr.Bently are 3 that I know of that are prescribing the pills. And they are prescribing way too many at one time.
WHEN I COMPLAINED TO BOSWELL ABOUT MY SON BEING ON SUBOXONE AND HIM GIVING HIS 60 WHITE ZANAX'S THE BASTARD UPPED HIM TO 120 BLUE ONES (HIGER DOESAGE) PER MONTH .....
ZANAX CLONOPIN LORTABS AND OXCYCOTIN AND JUST ABOUT ALL YOU WANT... THESE SLEEZE BAGS NEED TO BE STOPPED THEY ARE REASONSIBLE FOR MORE DEATHS THAN YOU CAN IMAGINE, AND YES,, THEY ARE THE ONES REASPONSIBLE, WHOEVER SAYS THERE NOT IS PLAIN STUPID! LOOK, THEY ARE GETTING RICH OFF OF FEEDING ADDICTIONS AND ADDICTS ARE SICK PEOPLE. THATS STRAIGHT BS THAT THEY ARE NOT AT FAULT. IF THE DOPE WAS NOT AVAILABLE THROUGH THESE QUACKS THEN IT WOULD BE HARDER FOR PEOPLE TO GET THEM AND LESS PEOPLE WOULD HAVE THEM SO EASILY AVAILBLE AT THERE WHIM AND IN SUCH LARGE NUMBERS....
runner

Gilmer, TX

#35 Jul 28, 2010
Went to the same thing a few years ago with a family member . Complained about the doctor nothing was done. Its a nightmare with no end .
tina

Birmingham, AL

#36 Aug 6, 2010
I AGREE ABOUT THE DRS WRITING SCRIPTS JUST TO WRITE THEM BUT THOSE FATALITIES THAT HAPPENED IF IM NOT MISTAKEN THEY WERE TEENAGERS SO WHERE ARE THE PARENTS. TAKE YOUR MEDICATION THE WAY YOU ARE SUPPOSE TO. YES SOME OF THOSE DR. PERSCRIBE MEDICATION THAT SHOULDN'T BE TAKEN TOGETHER I THINK YOU HAVE THE INFORMATION DO SOME RESEARCH ON THE MEDS YOURSELF SEE WHAT YOUR NOT SUPPOSE TO DO MEDS WITH. I HAVE HAD ONE BACK SURGERY AND ABOUT TO HAVE ANOTHER IM THANKFUL FOR MY MEDICATION IF I DIDNT HAVE IT I WOULDN'T BE ABLE TO WORK 10 TO 12 HRS A DAY AND THEN COME HOME AND PLAY WITH MY WONDERFUL GRANDSON WHO IS ONLY 7 MONTHS OLD. IF YOUR GETTING ANY KIND OF PAIN MEDICATION ITS YOUR RESPONSIBILITY TO TAKE IT THE WAY IT IS PERSCRIBE AND IF YOU KNOW YOUR NOT TO MIX TWO OR MORE OF THEM TOGETHER THEM TELL YOUR DR DONT TAKE THEM ITS AS MUCH THE PATIENTS FAULT AS IT IS THE DR SO BLAME BOTH PARTIES NOT JUST THE DRS.
soapbox

Cheyenne, WY

#37 Sep 15, 2010
my husband has Multiple Sclerosis as well as RHeumatiod Arthritis and HE can't get anything prescribed for pain because of these drug seekers!! Not even non narcotic meds! why?? Because the non narcotic pain meds are too expensive and we've already sold EVERYTHING to pay for his mounting medical bills!!! sold the house, car, clothes, jewelery! EVERYTHING!!! Our family doc as well as our neuro does not believe in non narcotic medication.. TAKE MORE ALEVE!!! yeah..right!! and here waltzes in a person who obviously is there for narcotic meds and walks out with a paper pharmacy in their hand, just burns me up!!!I say if a person can afford the cost of the pain meds, they can afford the tests to prove they hurt! nuff said, problem solved. everyone is happy or at least getting justified treatment. everyone but my husband that is!! we are flat broke and bankrupt because of MRI's and meds, and we can't get anything for his pain and yes, arthritis hurts!! MS hurts~! these work release losers can walk right in the door and walk out with enough pain pills to kill half of the world in their pocket! Yet, people who really need help managing their pain are left to destroy their liver and kidneys with OTC medication. Not to mention they can not contribute to society when they can't get out of bed! I wish: I WISH I had went to medical school. I would be poor, but loved by those who need the help and hopefully, hated by the little work release folks who sell their pills to their chain gang buddies. BURNS ME UP!!!!
fireman_cs

Summerville, GA

#38 Oct 13, 2010
looks like to me the doctors are not there holding your hand telling you to take these pills all at once not his fault and sure isn't mine nor anyone else's it is yours wanting attention and that's what they do if you take a bunch of pills to overdose why call for help afterwords still trying to figure that 1 out. Called attention getter. And for people who are trying to tell on others you are as bad as they are because you ain't getting what they are getting grown up and leave it be not going to change anything. This world has enough problems already to deal with why cause more for others and yourself.
Candice

Auburn, AL

#39 Dec 7, 2010
Heather wrote:
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You say these things but do you know how it feels to really be in pain and need the medications that these doctors are writing? I have 2 perf. disk in my back and complications from a neck injury I received when I was younger. There is no hope of these ever being fixed to the point of me being pain free - I say bless these physicians - they don't make me feel like a drug addict - they help me feel like getting in the floor and playing with my 6 year old little boy. So before you get on your soapbox and preach the word (by your account) how about trying on someone elses shoes for a change!! As far as the ones who are overdosing on meds - Where are all of you at while they are lonely and taking their pills to cope????
Well im with you on here my friend the doctors give the meds and tell them what to take they dont tell them to take extra Dr. Boswell is my doctor and i love him i also have 2 herniated disc in my neck and severe head pains he helps me and not with drugs because i dont abuse it like most others..
amw

Coudersport, PA

#40 Mar 28, 2011
HOUND wrote:
Dr. Ali, Dr. Boswell and Dr.Bently are 3 that I know of that are prescribing the pills. And they are prescribing way too many at one time. I know that the people taking the pills are somewhat to blame, but there is no reason to give anyone 180 Loritab 10s, 180 Methadone, and 180 Xanax at one time. Oh and by the way if you think this is bull just look at the amount of cars and people at Dr. Ali's office. He's just a dope dealer with a licence. We as a community need to step up and call our local Police and Sheriff and demand this to be stopped!!!!
something i have learned is people need certain meds and it is up to them to take them right i also know that alot of people that get caught abusing gets kicked out the door and those are the usuall people who are angry and play the blame game. when u have real problems u need these doctors but all they can do is listen to what their patients say and once they r out the door its up to them to be responsible and smart about there meds and as for mixing meds the pharmacies usually tell u when and if its dangerous and if its taken correctly then no worry but when u have a drug problem its on you not the docs maybe walker co should pay more attention to their meth problems and let the state board deal with whos a good doc.
Amy

Dora, AL

#41 Oct 10, 2011
Dr. Boswell is nothing more than a pill pusher!! People that are taking up for him are obviously happy with him giving them a shit load of pain pills every month because they are addicted and WON'T admit it. Maybe you won't die like the others that he has killed. God bless!!
laila

United States

#42 Oct 10, 2011
hey everyone i have cancer and bipolar and heart problems and diabetes and alot different other problems if i didnt have my medicines from pain to anixanty i would be dead without them i couldnt get up in mornings or anything, plz dont judge people because they take these medicines but they should take them the way they r to be taken
Ms Sorry

Fayette, AL

#43 Oct 12, 2011
I have Rhuematoid Arthritis, Lupus and 3 Ruptured disc in my back and neck. I WORK FOR A LIVING BUT COULD NOT STAND THE PAIN WITHOUT MEDS...... FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO SIMPLY WANT TO BLAME THE DOCTORS FOR THE ONES WHOM HAVE TAKEN TOO MANY OR "DRS DON'T TELL NOT TO MIX THIS" BLAH BLAH BULLSHIT NEED TO WAKE THE F UP!!!!!! IT'S POSTED EVERYWHERE IN THE OFFICE AND THEY TELL YOU! YOU CAN ALWAYS BLAME OTHERS BUT, IF YOU WILL WAKE UPPPPP! YOU WILL FIND THE ONE'S WHOM HARM THEMSELVES WITH THESE MEDS HAVE A PROBLEM AND IF YOU KNOW THEY HAVE A PROBLEM YOU NEED TO LET THEIR DOCTOR KNOW B/C THEY GIVE US A BLOOD TEST AND URINE SCREEN EVERY VISIT!!!! THAT IS TO MAKE SURE WE DON'T MIX OTHER DRUGS AND CAN POP A PILL COUNT ANYTIME THEY WANT!!!!!! SO IF YOU DO YOUR MEDS RIGHT YOU SHOULD NOT GET PUNISHED FOR THOSE WHO HAVE A DEATH WISH UPON THEMSELF!!!!!! SORRY FOR THOSE OF YOU WHO HAVE LOST LOVED ONES TO DRUGS... BUT, IF YOU LOVE YOUR FAMILY, FRIENDS AND THINK THEY HAVE A "PROBLEM" MAKE SURE AND LET THEIR DOCTOR KNOW!!!! BUT, DON'T BLAME THE DOC FOR BEING HELPFUL TO US (ONES WHO NEED HIM/HER) I HAVE TAKEN MY MEDICINE AS TOLD AND HAVE NEVER BEEN MESSED UP B/C I NEED IT THAT MUCH!!!!! WHAT IF SOMEONE DRANK A GALLON OF BLEACH OR BOTTLE OF TYLENOL ARE U GONNA BLAME THE BLEACH OR TYLENOL. OR IF A GUN SHOT SOMEONE, WOULD YOU BLAME THE GUN? NO B/C GUNS DON'T KILL PPL. PPL KILL PPL. PUT BLAME WHERE IT BELONGS.. IF NOT AND YOU TAKE MY WAY OF WALKING AWAY AND I END UP IN THAT WHEEL CHAIR... THAT'S JUST ONE MORE DISABLED PERSON WHO COULD HAVE WORKED!!!I CAN NOT WORK WITHOUT HELP WALKING!!!!!
Ms Sorry

Fayette, AL

#44 Oct 12, 2011
Amy wrote:
Dr. Boswell is nothing more than a pill pusher!! People that are taking up for him are obviously happy with him giving them a shit load of pain pills every month because they are addicted and WON'T admit it. Maybe you won't die like the others that he has killed. God bless!!
DOCTOR BOSWELL FOUND MY LUPUS AND TUMOR!!!! I WOULD BE DEAD IF NOT FOR HIM NOW!!! HE DOESN'T HOLD PPL DOWN AND FORCE FEED YOU MEDS! IF YOU WERE SMART YOU WOULD SEE THAT GUNS DON'T KILL PEOPLE, PEOPLE KILL PEOPLE AND I AM WORKING AND WALKING WITHOUT A WHEEL CHAIR B/C OF HIM TODAY!! SORRY YOU FEEL THE WAY YOU DO ABOUT HIM BUT, HE'S A DARN GOOD DOC!

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