27th August 2013. Rhona’s addiction to painkillers gets out of control

If you’re a fan of Emmerdale you may have been watching Rhona’s struggle with painkillers. Over the last few months her behaviour has changed and she has alienated the people who love her. It’s all coming to a head this week….but we don’t want to spoil the surprise so we’ll say no more!

What’s the deal with painkillers?

You can buy mild opiate painkillers, sometimes combined with substances such as aspirin, ibuprofen and paracetamol, over the counter. They are used to treat pain and come with guidelines on how to use them.

Some people need stronger painkillers and these can be prescribed by a doctor. You’re only supposed to use these stronger painkillers for a limited period of time and most are controlled under of the Misuse of Drugs Act and are classified as Class A or B drugs. So unless one of these stronger opiate painkillers has been prescribed to you it’s illegal to have, it’s also illegal to give away or sell.

Although they are normally safe to take if you follow your doctor’s/pharmacists instructions, some people who have used opiate painkillers regularly become dependent on them. If they are taken primarily to get high and to feel better, the risk of addiction will be greater.

The key effects and risks of opiate painkillers include:

  • Pain relief.
  • Feelings of well-being, relaxation and sleepiness.
  • Constipation.
  • Suppressed coughing.
  • Nausea, vomiting, sweating, itching, mood swings and feelings of lethargy
  • Addiction.
  • In overdose, breathing stops. 

Help is at hand

If you’re worried that you’re starting to depend on painkillers like Rhona or worried about a friend or family member, then you can talk to FRANK in confidence on 0300 123 6600 or use our Live Chat service.

FRANK News Published: 27th August 2013