A prescription drug addict and her fa...

A prescription drug addict and her family fail to find help

There are 21 comments on the St. Petersburg Times story from Oct 30, 2010, titled A prescription drug addict and her family fail to find help. In it, St. Petersburg Times reports that:

A page in a notebook belonging to Karen Hanratty, top, lists dates and times when she took Oxycodone pills as well as a running tally of remaining pills.

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The cause

Athens, AL

#1 Nov 2, 2010
Look at the pic this girl was getting IR meds instead of ER Meds and she was taking way to many every few hours mixed with xanax and people wonder why she became a junkie.
The Doctor needs to be shut down for the way he prescribed her meds and i did not read the whole article because of the lenth, But she was a seeker looking to take that many pills and then she kept a log.
People you have to be strong enough to not take alot of meds but just enough to control the pain, Its very hard to when your in severe pain and the answer is in a bottle, But a doctor that gives that many to a person they will turn into a junkie,Plus getting xanax on top of the pain pills and then crying because they want to blame the pills instead of blaming themselves for being a drug seeker.
Marta

Greenbrier, AR

#2 Nov 2, 2010
This woman obviously didn't love her kids as much as she loved Oxycodone. She CHOSE to use the drugs, and she CHOSE to go BACK to using drugs once out of detox. IF (and that's a BIG if) her doctor was RXing her 30mg every 3 hours, then YES, he needs to be looked into....but who is to say she wasn't going to three DIFFERENT doctors or otherwise lying to get meds?

I've got no sympathy for this woman. She made her bed, now she'll lie in it.
Ummm

Norcross, GA

#3 Nov 2, 2010
You mean coffin? She died. You Inconsiderate sack of shit.
Marta

Greenbrier, AR

#4 Nov 2, 2010
I'm not inconsiderate, but I save my sympathy for those who deserve it. She HAD a choice, she WAS clean....she CHOSE to go to some guys house and get high. Sad, but her CHOICE. She made her bed and now she can lay in her coffin because SHE PUT HERSELF THERE
Marta

Greenbrier, AR

#5 Nov 2, 2010
Ummm wrote:
You mean coffin? She died. You Inconsiderate sack of shit.
Yeah, she did....and?

“the one,the only,BABETTE!!!! !”

Since: Oct 08

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#6 Nov 3, 2010
The cause wrote:
Look at the pic this girl was getting IR meds instead of ER Meds and she was taking way to many every few hours mixed with xanax and people wonder why she became a junkie.
The Doctor needs to be shut down for the way he prescribed her meds and i did not read the whole article because of the lenth, But she was a seeker looking to take that many pills and then she kept a log.
People you have to be strong enough to not take alot of meds but just enough to control the pain, Its very hard to when your in severe pain and the answer is in a bottle, But a doctor that gives that many to a person they will turn into a junkie,Plus getting xanax on top of the pain pills and then crying because they want to blame the pills instead of blaming themselves for being a drug seeker.
why on earth did they let it go so far, if it would have my daughter i would have seen the changes and done something right away! that is just awful, how can they blame the pills"? when it is the person that abuses them, and then all the CPP'S have to suffer for one crazy thing happening, i mean it is terrible what happened too! god this is just a neverending cycle, love cat
Marta

Greenbrier, AR

#7 Nov 3, 2010
Marta wrote:
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Yeah, she did....and?
And nothing, it's a fact. She made her choice, no sense in feeling sympathy for her. I DO feel sorry for her kids, who have to live with the stigma of a junkie mother who wasn't smart enough to avoid ODing
Mm-Hm

Virginia Beach, VA

#8 Nov 3, 2010
Marta wrote:
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And nothing, it's a fact. She made her choice, no sense in feeling sympathy for her. I DO feel sorry for her kids, who have to live with the stigma of a junkie mother who wasn't smart enough to avoid ODing
You are heartless. This woman was TRYING! She loved and wanted her kids back but the drug had a hold of her. Where is her Drs. complicity in her death? Why shouldn't he shoulder the blame? A 110lbs, 30mg of OxyIR every 3 hrs??? Come on now! That's outrageous!

Since: Jul 10

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#9 Nov 3, 2010
Mm-Hm wrote:
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You are heartless. This woman was TRYING! She loved and wanted her kids back but the drug had a hold of her. Where is her Drs. complicity in her death? Why shouldn't he shoulder the blame? A 110lbs, 30mg of OxyIR every 3 hrs??? Come on now! That's outrageous!
I agree but I have to ask where were the parents when this girl was being released from the treatment facility? She was at her most fragile point when checking out. The parents needed to be there to pick up and protect her from any slime bag like this clown at Publix who only wanted to get laid. He should be charged with negligent homicide for giving her the pills that caused her death and for not calling an emergency squad when the girl obviously needed emergency medical help. The parents need a good kick in the ass for not being there to pick up their daughter after her release from treatment. Any person leaving treatment/detox after only 7 days is so fragile and if those parents cared that much they should have taken her home and protected her from the temptations of relapse. It also seems like the parents were useless in how to properly taper a person off of narcotics. If they would have sought out a course for tapering her off the narcotics she would have had a fighting chance. The cold turkey decision self imposed on this poor girl without the proper support doomed her.
Mm-Hm

Virginia Beach, VA

#10 Nov 3, 2010
Jake_ wrote:
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I agree but I have to ask where were the parents when this girl was being released from the treatment facility? She was at her most fragile point when checking out. The parents needed to be there to pick up and protect her from any slime bag like this clown at Publix who only wanted to get laid. He should be charged with negligent homicide for giving her the pills that caused her death and for not calling an emergency squad when the girl obviously needed emergency medical help. The parents need a good kick in the ass for not being there to pick up their daughter after her release from treatment. Any person leaving treatment/detox after only 7 days is so fragile and if those parents cared that much they should have taken her home and protected her from the temptations of relapse. It also seems like the parents were useless in how to properly taper a person off of narcotics. If they would have sought out a course for tapering her off the narcotics she would have had a fighting chance. The cold turkey decision self imposed on this poor girl without the proper support doomed her.
I see it differently, my dear friend. The Parents tried their hardest to help the daughter. Dozens and dozens of phone calls over how many weeks? Driving her all around town looking for a facility or rehab that would take her in? Going to the hospital, begging for help, THREE times? The story doesn't say where the Parents were when she went out and met this guy at Publix but I agree she should NOT have been left alone in her fragile state. I cannot imagine how much guilt and grief the Parents must be feeling right now. But I don't think they are at fault.

As for the Publix guy, yeah... he should definitely be held accountable for his role in her death. And so should that Dr.

“the one,the only,BABETTE!!!! !”

Since: Oct 08

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#11 Nov 3, 2010
Jake_ wrote:
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I agree but I have to ask where were the parents when this girl was being released from the treatment facility? She was at her most fragile point when checking out. The parents needed to be there to pick up and protect her from any slime bag like this clown at Publix who only wanted to get laid. He should be charged with negligent homicide for giving her the pills that caused her death and for not calling an emergency squad when the girl obviously needed emergency medical help. The parents need a good kick in the ass for not being there to pick up their daughter after her release from treatment. Any person leaving treatment/detox after only 7 days is so fragile and if those parents cared that much they should have taken her home and protected her from the temptations of relapse. It also seems like the parents were useless in how to properly taper a person off of narcotics. If they would have sought out a course for tapering her off the narcotics she would have had a fighting chance. The cold turkey decision self imposed on this poor girl without the proper support doomed her.
yeah i do agree the parents should have been there, i mean the mother took her to all those different places to try and , get her in, so why wasn't she there when she got out? love ya cat
house of pain

Cincinnati, OH

#12 Nov 4, 2010
drug addiction is a DISEASE. how many times must that be said??? its just too easy to sit back, Marta, and be judgemental. yes, what this person did was terrible. but i believe that looking down from your perch and condemning her is not the answer. im smart enough to admit that i dont have the answer. drug addiction is just like any other disease, such as cancer, and in time it will kill you. and until its treated and accepted as a life-threatening disease,there will always be ignorant people passing judgement on something they cant begin to understand. God, there are some very cold and heartless people out there.
Doctor Thomas Yee MD

United States

#13 Nov 4, 2010
I wish they reached out to us for help. Hi, this is Dr. Thomas Yee, MD, perhaps I can help. I am a specialist certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology, with 20 years of clinical experience. My colleagues and I have developed advanced rapid detox protocol to help people stop the physical addiction to opiates without feeling any withdrawal, in just 8 hours. Patients sleep through the process while receiving high doses of anti-opiates meds and anti-withdrawal meds. After they wake up, there is no more physical addiction and no more withdrawal. We also inject Naltrexone (Vivitrol, approved by FDA) intramuscularly so the patient does not relapse for 30 days. Aftercare is just one Vivitro injection every 30 days administered by patient's hometown doctor. Our website is www.rapid-detox-clinic.org . You can call me directly at (800) 276-7021.
The truth

United States

#14 Nov 4, 2010
A bullet to the head is cheaper and more effective.
Screw junkies and the doctors that enable them.
All in all junkies dont need doctors
They will get it somewhere.

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Since: Sep 10

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#15 Nov 4, 2010
Doctor Thomas Yee MD wrote:
I wish they reached out to us for help. Hi, this is Dr. Thomas Yee, MD, perhaps I can help. I am a specialist certified by the American Board of Anesthesiology, with 20 years of clinical experience. My colleagues and I have developed advanced rapid detox protocol to help people stop the physical addiction to opiates without feeling any withdrawal, in just 8 hours. Patients sleep through the process while receiving high doses of anti-opiates meds and anti-withdrawal meds. After they wake up, there is no more physical addiction and no more withdrawal. We also inject Naltrexone (Vivitrol, approved by FDA) intramuscularly so the patient does not relapse for 30 days. Aftercare is just one Vivitro injection every 30 days administered by patient's hometown doctor. Our website is www.rapid-detox-clinic.org . You can call me directly at (800) 276-7021.
Not sure if this is a genuine post or an advertisement... I guess we will find out if this Dr. actually replies back... but I have seen this rapid detox first hand, and although it can be a life saver for some, it still requires a complete lifestyle change and Counseling to make sure the Patient doesn't fall back into old habits and relapse. However, this does give them a good start if they remain on the right track. Unfortunately, it is very cost-prohibitive for most people.
The truth

United States

#16 Nov 4, 2010
The truth of the matter is that they spent way to much time and energy writing this artical for this sad sack of crap.
I only hope more junkies read these story's and realize they'll never be clean,I can only hope to hear more storys of junkies killing their selves.
If you take pills for recreation just walk out to the woods get a 5th of whiskey and take a hand full of oxy's.... Now just relax and let your favorite drug do the rest.

“the one,the only,BABETTE!!!! !”

Since: Oct 08

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#17 Nov 5, 2010
Nurse Hatchet wrote:
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Not sure if this is a genuine post or an advertisement... I guess we will find out if this Dr. actually replies back... but I have seen this rapid detox first hand, and although it can be a life saver for some, it still requires a complete lifestyle change and Counseling to make sure the Patient doesn't fall back into old habits and relapse. However, this does give them a good start if they remain on the right track. Unfortunately, it is very cost-prohibitive for most people.
that is the main problem always money! love cat .........people just cannot afford most things, i mean just living day to day is hard enough.
wrong

United States

#18 Jul 11, 2011
The truth wrote:
The truth of the matter is that they spent way to much time and energy writing this artical for this sad sack of crap.
I only hope more junkies read these story's and realize they'll never be clean,I can only hope to hear more storys of junkies killing their selves.
If you take pills for recreation just walk out to the woods get a 5th of whiskey and take a hand full of oxy's.... Now just relax and let your favorite drug do the rest.
See the problem with that is that some of these junkies used to be good people who happen to be loved by there families and would be devastated if they were dead. I would think about things before I post them next time, there really is no need to be so hateful to others.
oxyguy76

Fontana, CA

#19 Jul 12, 2011
so a felon can get help, rich people can get help, average person.... sorry. we can send billions of dollars to Haiti to help them out but we let Americans die. just goes to show you if you need health care in America you have to commit a crime like that guy did a few weeks ago. he needed some kind of treatment but had no insurance so he robbed a bank. he is now getting treatment. only in America.
enhance your calm

United States

#20 Jul 12, 2011
Ummm wrote:
You mean coffin? She died. You Inconsiderate sack of shit.
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