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Painkiller Abuse Causes Holes in a Teen’s Stomach

Written by Eliza Player on Wednesday, 04 April 2012. Posted in Prescription Drugs

Painkiller Abuse Causes Holes in a Teen’s Stomach

According to, doctors in Mumbai found perforations in a 16-year-old’s stomach, due to painkiller abuse.  The teenager had been abusing painkillers for stomach and back pain, and he had been taking one brand of painkillers 4-5 times a day since January.  He ended up in the hospital with debilitating stomach pain when the doctors found the holes.  They performed a complicated surgery, using layers of fat from his abdomen to cover the perforations.

Mumbai officials claim that more and more youth are self-medicating and abusing painkillers, and many are unaware of their dangers.  According to doctors, the 16-year-old had ulcers, and the use of painkillers cause them to erupt.  Instead of consulting with doctors, he began experimenting with various over-the-counter painkillers available in India.  He claims to have quickly become “addicted,” not realizing the toll it would take on his body.  Doctors have seen a rise in such cases, and they attribute it to the availability of such drugs.  Also, taking these drugs with an empty stomach, or not enough water can lead to more problems.

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About the Author

Eliza Player

Eliza Player

I have been writing as long as I can remember, even carrying tattered notebooks with me through the streets and strip clubs of New Orleans, in the midst of my heroin addiction. I lived a life saturated in heroin until Hurricane Katrina struck New Orleans, leaving me to fend for myself, eventually facing my demons and coming face to face with my addiction. I have been clean for five years, and since then I have become a mother, graduated college, and started a writing career. I have a B.A. in Mass Media Communication, with a minor in Journalism. I have also written one published book, Through Both Hell and High Water: A Memoir of Addiction and Hurricane Katrina, which tells the story of those dark days I spent in New Orleans after the storm, battling with addiction amidst a natural disaster. I am the blogger and news curator for RecoveryNowTV, and I love sharing the stories of the world, as well as my own personal journey, with my readers. I hope that my words can touch others out there, struggling with addiction.

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