High Cost of Healthcare Induced By Contradictory Goals of Providers and Payers

Healthcare has been the topic of debate for most of the last few years. From the boardroom to the water cooler, costs and quality of care are hot topics that impact everyone in this country. Young and old, Americans are feeling the squeeze and most are finding it difficult to come up with solutions. In the boardrooms of corporations both large and small, employers are struggling to cope with reality of rising premiums and declining benefits. Meanwhile employees are left with the prospect of going without health insurance. Currently it is estimated that 50 to 60 million adults in this country are walking the tightrope of living without health insurance. With such widespread reach for ripples created by this healthcare debacle, everyone is looking for answers. How can we afford coverage? Can we go without? What can be done to curb the costs and get this problem under control?

In the workplace, employers and employees often feel as if they’re on opposite sides of the fence. Employers feel as if their subordinates take no consideration of how difficult it can be to turn a profit while facing spiraling costs and a difficult economic environment. While large corporations may be able to ride out the storm, small businesses rarely have this luxury (especially at a time when credit is difficult to obtain). Most small businesses would close their doors if the balance sheet goes in the red for more than a few months or quarters. On the other hand, employees often adopt a near-sighted approach. How could they expect me to afford a premium increase? Should I just try to float without insurance for a while? These questions often lead to resentment on both sides of the coin, but are the employers or employees to take the blame and the higher cost?

Looking for answers to this growing problem is not easy. Where did the system go wrong? Why is it so expensive? Who’s to blame?

Many people blame healthcare providers for the rising costs of quality care. I can assure you this is not the case. Providers are facing a myriad of challenges and roadblocks. More so than ever, running a profitable medical practice is daunting task. Like any other business, a medical practice will close if it can not cover expenses and afford to pay salaries. Labor and leasing expenses are only the tip of the iceberg. Practitioners are forced to pay for equipment, insurance, hardware, software, licensing, and more. After establishing an office with all the appropriate resources, medical practices and hospitals must then attract patients in a very competitive marketplace.

Yet with all these costs and challenges in their way, healthcare providers are not complaining about patients or labor or costs! The largest problem facing healthcare providers is the insurance reimbursement process. Contradictory goals of payers and providers are resulting in inefficient and difficult payment systems. Insurance companies are more concerned with bottom-line profits and shareholders than they are about the care their members receive. How can we expect doctors and healthcare providers to keep their offices open if they can hardly get paid for the services they perform? Individuals believe that because they pay premiums, the insurance company will pay their doctor. Unfortunately, this is hardly the case. Health insurance claim denial rates can reach as high as 25% or more. Many providers have outstanding receivables measured in the millions of dollars. The insurance reimbursement process is so arduous that many medical practices never get paid and as a result close their doors forever.

Insurance companies use a wide variety of tactics to delay payments and deny claims. Payers employ hoards of representatives charged with the task of fielding calls and scrutinizing claims. Due to these tactics, insurance claims take anywhere from 30 days to more than 1 year to reach a completed status. In most cases claims are delayed and denied due to inconsequential, irrelevant errors. These errors result solely from the many difficult and senseless hoops that are placed in the way of the provider’s billing representatives. This extremely labor intensive process of collecting from insurance companies costs providers a great deal of time and money.

The only beneficiaries of this process are the shareholders of insurance companies. The delays in payments result in interest earned for the time period in which the claim was delayed. In many cases, providers never receive reimbursement for the services they perform. These claims must be written-off as a loss by providers while insurance companies see these cases as victories leaving more cash on their balance sheets. It appears that the primary goal of insurance companies may be to deny as many claims as possible; after all they answer to shareholders not providers or individual policy holders. This gross abuse of power by insurance companies may be the biggest problem we face in the healthcare sector.

The days when doctors sat on golf courses all day while making millions per year are over. Now they must battle insurance companies tooth and nail for every claim. If insurance companies paid doctors for the services they perform, perhaps we would see a reduction in costs related to providing care.

Surely there is no easy fix to this problem. We may find the answers by addressing the goals of big insurance companies. Providing oversight and incentives for paying healthcare providers for the services they perform would be a good start. If insurance companies focus on weeding out fraud rather than just delaying and denying payments, we could see an increase in efficiency and productivity in the healthcare sector that could be the start of controlling costs while maintaining a high standard of care. For the sake of all Americans, hopefully we find an answer soon!

Satellite TV Programming For Children

If you have children, satellite TV is an excellent way to keep them entertained for hours on end with educational programming. There are hundreds of shows on many different channels that are not only enjoyable for your kids, but for adults as well. Children, especially young children, are like sponges and soak up every word that they hear in the world around them. Because of this, parents need to be really careful to ensure that the programming their child is exposed to is age appropriate.

Satellite TV has various settings that can be pre-set to ensure that your child isn’t exposed to shows that would not be suitable for them to watch. Parents also have the option to block channels, in addition to certain shows. Of the programming that is good for children, some of the best channels include Nickelodeon and Nickelodeon Jr., the Discovery Channel and the National Geographic Channel. Nickelodeon Jr. has programming exclusively aimed for children and the type of shows very greatly to keep kids entertained. One of the most popular shows on Nick Jr is Dora the Explorer. In Dora the Explorer, Dora Marquez goes on a trip every episode and asks the viewers to come along with her and help her find something or somebody. She also teaches kids short phrases in Spanish every episode. Dora’s best friend is a monkey named Boots, after his red boots that he wears all the time. Dora is a very positive little girl and never gets in fights or gets angry, even when she encounters a villain in one of her adventures. Dora the Explorer is an animated series and has only become more popular since its original pilot aired in 1999. One of the best shows for children on satellite TV these days.

Another show that’s popular on Nick Jr. is the Backyardigans. The Backyardigans is another animated series, like Dora the Explorer, which follows a group of pre-school friends named Uniqua, Pablo, Tyrone, Tasha and Austin as they go on adventures in their backyard. They have great imaginations and transform their backyard into all sorts of things and places. For example, one episode they could be climbing a mountain and singing along with chirping birds and the next swimming in a tropical ocean playing with the dolphins. The Backyardigans is deigned and written for children a little bit younger than Dora the Explorer and is probably best suited for children ages two to five. Kids really enjoy the characters and are encouraged to play and sing along with them during the episodes. The producers and creators of the show incorporate many different types of music into the show, such as big band; reggae and hip hop in order to expose children to a variety of musical forms. Obviously all content and lyrics are age appropriate and engaging with the young audience. Make sure to check listings to find out when thee shows are on your satellite TV programming; and remember these aren’t the only great shows that kids will love.

Shopping For Mobile Phones – Why So Popular Online?

Mobile phone shopping in today’s market is a difficult task in the sense that one has to choose from a variety of handsets with a hundred different features. One who is adept at handling a mobile knows that mobile features are upgraded every day. So he should keep in track with what is cooking in the world of mobile phones.

Mobile shopping has become very popular due to its affordability and accessibility. Today the mobile market is buzzing with phones that are not only affordable but comes along with many features as well. Camera phones are available at a very cheap range. One could not think of availing a mobile with all these features a decade ago. But today the scenario is different. With so many mobile manufacturers showcasing their products, the market has an epidemic of mobile phones. Moreover, every year new telecom operators are launching their network and to increase their customer base they are offering lucrative combo packs where a customer gets a handset and a sim card together.

Mobile shopping has also gained popularity because of new innovative handsets showing new features like touchscreen, digital music, digital camera, wi-fi connectivity and so on. Then online shopping network has made mobile shopping even better. One can choose from a wide range of products sitting at home by just surfing the internet. It gives the customer the liberty to choose the latest version of exclusive brands. The websites offering online shopping portals market the products of well known mobile handset manufacturers.

The popularity of mobile shopping is also due to mass usage. Phones have become a one stop solution for all sort of communication. It has become a communicator. Moreover it is the only commodity that is kept with a person all throughout the day. A person talks, messages, listens to music, takes picture and can send it as well. In upgraded versions one can check his mail and search the internet. This increasing obsession and dependency on this gadget has made its shopping even more popular.

Then the high class society has taken up mobile shopping for fashion and social status. Possessing new handsets with new features proves how tech savvy you are. Thereafter, a lot of business class people and professionals are using multiple handsets for their multiple connections.

The penetration of mobile network has miles to go and with every baby step the companies are taking, the popularity is increasing by tenfold.

Seven Harmful Chemicals in Cigarettes(sigarette elettroniche) That Will Put You Off For Life

When you go out and buy a cigarette(sigaretta elettronica) are you aware of all the chemicals that exist in a cigarette(cigarettes electroniques)? Well you know about Nicotine but do you know what it does to you? No I would say you honestly do not have a clue! Well I am going to tell you because if you really want to go along in life blindly smoking cigarettes(cigarette electronique) then I think somebody ie ME, should open those eyes for you.
To start with before I wrote this article I was not aware of all the chemicals that are contained in that little stick you put in your mouth. Well it has been determined that the smoke from a fag emits up to 4000 chemicals which could have various toxic, mutagenic – capable of inducing mutation and carcinogenic – causing or tending to cause cancer effects. The content and concentration of chemical ingredients can vary widely from one brand or type of cigarette(elektronisk cigaret) to the next. Below is a list of 7 of those 4000 and what they do.

NICOTINE – (Insecticide/addictive drug) – This is one of the most addictive substances known to man. This is the chemical that causes addiction to the cigarette(elektroniske cigaretter) and is a very powerful and fast acting medical and non-medical poison.

CARBON MONOXIDE (Car Exhaust Fumes) – This is an odourless and tasteless poisonous gas. If taken in large amounts it can be fatal.

AMMONIA (toilet cleaner) – This product is found in dry cleaning products, but its use in a cigarette(elektronischen zigaretten) is to give flavouring and to release the Nicotine from the tobacco to turn it into a gas.

FORMALDEHYDE (embalming fluid) – A colourless liquid used to preserve dead bodies. It is highly poisonous and can cause cancer as well as respiratory, skin and stomach problems.

BENZENE (petrol additive) – A colourless hydrocarbon obtained from coal and petroleum. It is used as a solvent in fuel and chemical manufacture and is released in the smoke of the cigarette(elektronische zigarette). It is known to cause cancer and especially leukaemia.

ACETONE (nail polish remover) – Used as a solvent and found in the smoke of the cigarette(cigarrillos electronicos).

TAR – This is the main chemical drawn into the lungs. When a cigarette(cigarrillo electronico) is smoked the actual smoke that is inhaled condenses and approx 70% of the tar in the smoke is deposited into the lungs.

Now that I have written the above I can see how people become addicted so easily but I cannot see any reason to not attempt to break the addiction. If anyone who wants to give up cannot see a good reason not to then I feel very sorry for their health. Also I want everyone to give up as I do not want to inhale passive smoke from anybody because I too can see what harm that must do to non smoker.

3 Quick Cash Loan Myths Exposed

If you are considering a Quick cash loan (payday loan, fast cash loan, payday advance etc…) to get you through a tough financial time, you may be making a smart decision. Despite the ridiculously high APR that loan providers charge, a payday loan is many times a lower cost option than paying fees stemming from bounced checks, credit card late fees, re-connect fees etc…

Here are 3 myths that are commonly and erroneously associated with a payday advance loan.

MYTH: Quick Cash Loan providers charge outrageous rates

TRUTH: You’ve got to compare. A payday loan is typically cheaper than other customer alternatives.

Here’s a scenario: Did you forget you didn’t have any cash in your checking account but bought stuff anyway with your debit card? Maybe you did that 4 times in one day.

It’s amazing how we can lose track of our finances, but we all do it..

Guess what…

Each occurrence just cost you $35 in NSF fees from your bank. Those 4 withdrawals of $10 just cost you $140 dollars in fees! Ouch! The cost of borrowing $100 from a payday cash loan provider is $15 – $20 per $100. The APR on this transaction is 391%, which seems sky high but compared to the overdraft fees at your bank it makes good sense.

The remedy here is if you know you’re going to be short of cash but need to use checks or debit card, weigh the costs. It may be better to set up a fast cash account and use it only when you know you’ll be potentially incurring late fees.

MYTH: Quick cash loans always create a spiral of debt for the customer

TRUTH:Most users are responsible borrowers and have no trouble managing the short payback period.

These loans are short term solutions and most borrowers realize the danger of being over extended. About 60% are one time users – meaning they don’t renew the loan or have to extend the payback period.

Studies have also revealed that:

66% of payday loan users utilize the service to cover only unexpected expenses

34% use payday advance loans for a planned expense

70% of fast cash loan users only use the service 1 time per month.

MYTH: Emergency loans prey on unsuspecting customers

TRUTH: There are solid laws in place to protect customers from being taken advantage of.

The overwhelming popularity of these loans as a discreet and dignified way to solve temporary cash flow problems speaks for itself.

70% utilize fast cash loans because of the convenience (fast, easiest…)

96% are fully aware of the charges they will incur. Most state they were quoted the fee as an APR. Most believe that quick cash loans are useful ( 92%) and only about 12% state they were dissatisfied with the service.

Also, 33 states and D.C. provide balanced, responsible regulation of payday advance companies.

Summary

Why not consider a quick cash loan when you know you are going to be short on cash and will face fines or fees? As a temporary solution you may save a lot of money despite the high APR. It’s easy to find a reputable quick payday loan provider (see links below) and set up and approval takes only minutes.

Bathroom Remodeling Idea Makes Bathroom Repairs Easier

Bathroom repair is easier with access panels

Soon after I had remodeled my small bathroom it developed a water leak. The first thing I knew about it was a puddle on the floor of the room below. A water pipe was leaking and it was buried in one of the bathroom walls which not only made it difficult to find out where the leak was but a lot of ceramic tiles had to be destroyed to get at it.

When I asked my bathroom contractors why they didn’t make it easier to get at the new pipe work they said that it would have made my quotation too expensive so they just buried the pipes and hoped that they don’t give any trouble. It was just my luck then that my bathroom was the one where they made lousy joints. The bathroom repair turned out to be far more costly than it would have been to make all the pipes accessible in the first place and I wish now that I’d had the foresight to put that in the specifications.

Where to put access panels

The obvious solution to the bathroom repair problem is to provide access panels for all of the pipe work joints and as much of the pipe length as possible. When you specify what you want in your bathroom remodel make sure that you will be able to get at every joint easily.

Where the water pipes are installed in a separating wall it’s often convenient to provide access on the other side of the wall rather than inside the bathroom where the ceramic tiles are. You may even be able to turn the access into a small cupboard, which would give you an added benefit. Opening the cupboard doors would provide simple access to the water pipes.

Pipe work under bathtub and under floor can be made accessible by removable panels. Make sure that the floor covering allows for this and a suitable sealer is used to fill any gaps when the access is closed.

If the access panel has to go on the bathroom side of the wall then special attention to waterproofing will be required.

How to make access panels in ceramic tiles

To accommodate a radiator in my bathroom remodel the contractors built a false wall to hide the pipe work. This wall was then set with ceramic tiles and the radiator mounted in front of the tiles. This pipe work has not leaked but I do wonder what I would do if it ever did.

Tiling a small part of the false wall separately on a removable section could have provided an access panel. This would then be screwed firmly to the main part of the wall and the edges sealed with a silicon-sealing compound. The screws would pass through the tiles so silicon sealer would be used to seal the screw heads and holes in the tiles. When the need arose the sealer could be stripped away and the panel unscrewed. Resealing when the problem was fixed would be just as easy.

For more bathroom remodeling tips take a look at this article on setting bathroom tiles:
Setting Ceramic Tile Made Easy

10 Shopping Tips – Fashionable Finds Are Possible For Under $25!

When it comes to shopping sometimes the $20 sandals flatter you more than the $400 designer sandals. Style is not in the price, but in your approach. You can get more for less if you are savvy about your shopping. Fashionable finds are possible for under $25. How do you do it? Here are 10 Tips to think about when you’re out on a shopping expedition:

1. You Can Find Deals in Unexpected Places.

I got a purse for a steal at a Nine West shoe store in New Jersey. Not a shop I would normally think of to buy a purse. But I spotted it in the front window and fell in love. (Although maybe not as deeply as with my husband.) When I went into the store to ask a sales clerk about it, I thought this gorgeous tan satchel would be expensive. It looks like something that would be appropriate in Grace Kelly’s or Audrey Hepburn’s wardrobe closet. But now it’s in my closet.

2. Set Your Budget and Stick with It.

Yes, you’ve probably heard this before. However, forced to work within a box, you will come up with creative ideas. One year for Christmas, I set a working budget of $25 each for my nieces and nephew. Instead of getting them each one gift, I got them a number of small funky gifts and they each had 3 presents to open. It made opening gifts more exciting for them.

3. Read fashion magazines to get an idea of the trends.

Many clothing companies with budget-happy fashion lines will replicate the “look” or “feel” of pricey designer fashion. I read everything from New York magazine and the NY Times Fashion to Vogue, Elle and fashion catalogs to see what’s happening out in the fashion world. Go to your nearest public library and those fashion mags are FREE! If you learn what is cutting edge then believe me you will find cheaper versions of the trends. Or you will learn how to put an outfit together in your own expressive way.

4. You can find reasonably priced gifts at even the most expensive stores.

For example when I go online to Saks Fifth Avenue I can look under the gift category “Under $50.” Today for “$25 and under” I find: a Kate Spade notecard set, a hip style book on Dolce and Gabbana and Fresh waterlily soap—all would make lovely gifts. The price is so reasonable for the soap you could even include a little something else so that the recipient has another gift to open–always more fun. Go to a pricey chocolate shop. Then buy the smallest, but always tasteful box, sometimes under $15. Put it in a nice gift bag with the heavenly scented waterlily soap. Your gift card can read: “You deserve a little elegance in your life.” What friend wouldn’t be flattered.

5. Be open to new opportunities.

When I travel to new cities I like to explore new shops. I usually end up in the artsy section of town. To me that means galleries, museums, maybe a university–and fun shopping. I collect business cards of the stores I love and make notes or take pictures of what they have so I can call them and order from them later. If a town has a college or university it has plenty of stores with low prices to satisfy the students. And me too.

6. Know your own style.

Allow your self the luxury of an expensive item that you just can’t pass on. Especially if it defines “YOU.” Find deals for other purchases. I coveted a $99 sweater from J.Crew, but then I bought a purse for only $20 for a wedding. You can justify the expensive purchase. The sweater will last for years, amortizing into less money. If I wear the sweater often, cost-wise it pays for itself, while the wedding purse I might only use that one time.

7. Accessories are inexpensive ways to refashion the look of your outfit.

An $8.00 leopard print scarf I bought at H&M compliments my chartreuse cardigan, jeans and black boots. It’s a dressy-casual look that suits my style. And the scarf goes just as well with a knit purple dress and heels. A few strategically picked accessories means less outfits to buy.

8. Consider buying your purchases in the months they are traditionally on sale.

If you’re not in a rush to buy new towels then why not wait until January or August. Or if you thinking of painting your bedroom Robin Egg blue, that paint will be cheaper in April.

9. Sign up for email blasts from your favorite stores.

Stores will alert you to their sales and often give email subscribers exclusive discounts. You will learn about sales before the average customer. Then instead of spending a fortune on the skirt you admired earlier in the season you can scoop it up at a bargain.

10. Shop from your home and comparison shop online.

Yeah, why not. Shop in your pjs, my favorite way to shop. What do you think?

Get Hassle Free Money With No Teletrack Payday Loans

Teletrack is a system that is used by many banks, financial institutions and lending agencies so that they can check a potential borrower’s financial records. It is essentially a system that is designed to protect lenders and exposes certain aspects of a person’s financial history, including any past or current bankruptcy proceedings, current loans held by the borrower and any instances of outstanding payments or loan defaults. No teletrack payday loans, then, are small loans that a person can apply for where the lenders do not carry out credit checks on applicants using the teletrack system. These loans are designed to meet the financial needs of people who require fast cash in order to meet an unexpected expense. The application process is easy and, because there are no credit history checks, approval is almost certain.

No teletrack payday loans are specifically for those who require small cash advances at times where they have an urgent need for funds and they cannot wait until their next pay check. Since there are fees and charges associated with no teletrack payday loans it is recommended that people only seek out these loans in an emergency and borrow only the amount that they require.

Most lenders charge a certain amount per every $100 borrowed through no teletrack payday loans. The fees for no teletrack payday loans vary between lenders and in order for you to ensure you are getting the best deal it is advisable that you take the time to shop around. There are many lending agencies available on the Internet, which makes comparing these loan products quick and easy. Applications can also be completed online, and since there is no faxing of documentation required for no teletrack payday loans, approval time is relatively short. Upon approval, funds are electronically deposited into your bank account for you to access, as soon as they are processed by your financial institution.

No teletrack payday loans can be accessed by almost anyone. Anyone who is over the age of eighteen and has a steady full-time income can apply. No teletrack payday loans are even accessible to people who have a history of bad credit as there are no credit checks carried out during the approval process. Before applying for no teletrack payday loans, however, individuals should carefully consider their present financial situation as it is usually expected that these loans be settled very quickly. The repayment period for most of these loans is generally only a few weeks and so each applicant should assess whether it would be possible for them to repay these loans from their next pay check.

No teletrack loans are certainly a good idea for anyone who needs pay day to arrive a bit sooner. Sometimes there are situations where expenses arise that cannot wait and being able to access cash quickly and easily can help to relieve financial stress that people experience when they are short of money. Financial pressures can cause considerable stress to individuals and on their relationships with others, but knowing that there is a way to get fast cash, can certainly make people in this situation feel a lot better.

Everything About Payday Loans

The statement that a payday loan will be your sheet anchor when you desperately require cash is rather sketchy. They, without any doubt, have got their very own positive factors. Nonetheless there are actually many disadvantages to this type of financial loans. I personally try to step back from this form of lending services. Nonetheless let us evaluate pretty much all advantages and drawbacks of these loans to create an objective view on this credit service.

In actual fact, payday loans are money advances. When you get caught up in between your pay days with no money in your purse, you desperately require some funds from an outside source. Moreover if you are faced with various unpredicted expenses, you have got very poor credit rating, and credit cards aren’t any option for you, a payday loan is what exactly will be able to assist you to make it through until you obtain your next paycheck.

Dealing with such kind of financing is merely like dealing with pretty much any other loan. You simply borrow a certain amount of cash with a commitment to return it back at the pre-agreed fee and rate.

Payday Loans Costs

Different creditors sanction loans at various fees and rates. And this particular problem actually is a drawback of these loans. You will often shell out from $ 15 – $ 30 for receiving $ 100. In terms of interest you would require to pay, it’s really drop-dead enormous. The interest rates range in between 390% and 780%. And this is really the worst part with regard to these loans. Let’s now proceed to the more pleasant aspects.

Applying for a Payday Loan

The procedure for payday loans application is very simple. You can execute it on the Web, or go to a loan office. You complete a loan application and give a few personal details for a loan provider to make a loan decision. The requirements are usually pretty much the same: you have to be at least 18 or above, need to have a stable employment with a minimum monthly income of $ 1,000, and also a checking bank account. You will, quite possibly, be asked to give your social security number, copies of bank accounts and pay stubs. In case you fulfill all the specifications, you can be positive that you would be approved for a loan. Thereafter you normally have got to hang around for 24 hours (or less in some instances) and you will have the access to your cash.

Payday Loans Positives and Negatives

Payday loans really are a solution for cash-strapped individuals. In the event that you desperately want to get hold of some cash and you need the same fast, using a payday loan is certainly much better than stealing a bank. Another nice thing with regard to such sort of loans is that by getting one you do not expose yourself to a long term obligation, such as whenever managing a typical bank (when you get a mortgage, a car loan, or a reward charge card). You’ve got to pay back the money borrowed soon after you receive your next paycheck. Usually, the ceiling on the highest possible sum of money you can borrow is $ 2,500. Therefore, this is one more advantage of such loans. You just won’t bury yourself in big debts. And payday loans end up being significantly less expensive as compared to bounced checks.

So, when you have a heap of bills to pay one day and no credit line or cash available for doing it, consider getting a payday loan. It is usually a good backup strategy for you. However be responsible with respect to paying it off on time, otherwise, you will encounter big charges and might get the sticky end of the stick. Recollect payday loans primarily in some cases of unexpected emergency, not whenever you feel like purchasing a new designer’s suit or jewelry.

Strong Pain Reliever Can Lead to Abuse and Addiction

Although OxyContin is a major weapon against chronic or severe pain, its use can lead to addiction and drug abuse. The synthetic opioid works in the body much like morphine. An unfortunate similarity is that OxyContin can prove highly addictive.

OxyContin, known as oxycodone when given as a generic drug, is a controlled substance. Doctors who prescribe it to relieve pain want their patients to keep a close eye on their intake. OxyContin abuse has increased dramatically in recent times in spite increased medical and legal scrutiny.

Two years ago the National Institute on Drug Abuse studied American high school students. The NIDA reported that greater than five percent of twelfth graders abused OxyContin, taking it without prescription. OxyContin abusers are not limited to the young; its use continues throughout all parts of the population.

Doctors have become more cautious about prescribing strong pain relievers. They must walk a fine line between appropriate prescribing and holding back from those caught in the web of abuse. Addiction can creep up on people, taking them by surprise.

Some people may be on the drug for months or years before they realize they have crossed the line into addiction. Others may not be able to admit that they have a problem. They may try to convince themselves and others that they are only occasional drug users who take OxyContin only when they need to relax.

It is easy to convince oneself that drug abuse is not in play when one is actually addicted. Some people are just as good at convincing themselves as they are at convincing others that they do not have a problem. For awhile at least they maintain the illusion that they choose when they take OxyContin, that the drug does not have control of them.

Signs of OxyContin addiction can be observed so that addicts themselves as well as loved ones can become aware of growing trouble. Having to take more OxyContin for the same results is one warning sign. If people get into legal trouble or come close to a legal problem because of drug use, then that should be taken as a signal.

Drug use will sometimes replace other activities in a person’s life. When taking drugs becomes more important than other people other events, then abuse should be suspected. Dependency on drugs for pleasure is not a good sign.

For an addict, withdrawal symptoms will arise when the drug dose gets reduced or eliminated. Getting over an addiction is often not a simple matter of quitting. Dependency makes leaving the drug behind a difficult matter.

In spite of promises to themselves and loved ones, OxyContin addicts face a battle in getting over their drug dependency. Another sign of addiction is the arrival of withdrawal symptoms when the user skips taking the drug. Withdrawal itself can scare drug users back into the vicious cycle of abuse.

One symptom of OxyContin addiction is the experience of blackouts. Forgetting events that the drug taker has lived through or knowing that he or she has passed out can signal addiction. Loved ones calling attention to the drug users’ blackouts can help the user ultimately face the addiction.

Abuse of OxyContin destroys people’s emotional and physical well-being. Depression and social alienation can set in, ruining the drug abuser’s sense of self. Insomnia or a major increase in the need for sleep may haunt the lives of addicts.

Other signs of a drug abuse problem include changed eating habits that result in sudden weight loss or weight gain. Slurred speech and lack of coordination may set in when people step over the line into drug abuse. OxyContin is an important medicine for the treatment of pain, but users need to know that it can lead to drug abuse.