By McComb Enterprise-Journal
Nobody likes to be in pain, and thanks to modern medicine and pharmacy there isn’t nearly as much of it as there once was.
But “it’s OK to hurt a little,” says a narcotics agent who has seen his share of fatal accidental overdoses, as well as people getting in trouble with the law because of misuse of prescription painkillers.
Capt. Mike Aldridge of the Mississippi Bureau of Narcotics is in charge of drug diversion enforcement in the McComb and Hattiesburg areas. Speaking to the McComb Rotary Club Wednesday, he explained that drug diversion is when legal drugs are diverted to illegal use.
It’s sometimes done with the assistance of unscrupulous medical and pharmaceutical professionals and sometimes by cagey crooks without their knowledge.
But just violating the law with prescription drugs isn’t the only problem. Sometimes people who are prescribed painkillers for a broken limb or surgery simply take too much of it to the point of becoming addicted.
“Just because a drug is prescribed or is a pharmaceutical drug doesn’t mean it can’t be dangerous,” Aldridge said.
Some of those narcotics, including the popular hydrocodone, can certainly relieve pain. But, as Aldridge suggested, it’s better to hurt a little than to suffer long term consequences addiction can bring.