The idea of using drugs (chemical substances) to treat disease conditions is a part of the treatment process in allopathic medical science. Increasing number of pharmaceutical companies and widespread information about disease conditions has increased the number of people who are going for self-medication.
Significant problems with addiction related to alcohol and illicit drugs costs expenditure in billions. Until a few years ago, not a lot of treatment was available to help with this condition.
Initially Disulfiram and Naltrexone used to treat alcohol dependence. Methadone, naltrexone, and levomethadyl used to treat opiate addiction. After sometime, levomethadyl pulled out of the market.
After some years, it was acamprosate calcium to help with alcohol addiction; buprenorphine and buprenorphone/naloxone followed to help with opioid addiction.
Nicotine replacement therapy and the antidepressant bupropion, introduced to help with nicotine addiction.
With newer medications coming up in the market to help with addiction, the horrible scenario is that people began to abuse upon those drugs recommended per pharmacotherapy to treat addiction.
With increasing number of people becoming addicted to drugs, and in the midway people willing to quit the market for these drugs and drug testing products have grown to be too big.
It is becoming increasingly important for physicians to save their patients from getting addicted to drugs used to treat dependence. Money crazy pharmacists dispense prescription drugs without any prescription at all. The scenario is a constant battle and it becomes increasingly difficult for companies to differentiate between abusers and non-abusers.
Companies have produced more than the required quantities of drugs and they are doing something to sell it one side and another side people treated to be out of it. It is a black and white drama. It seems abuse and testing and recovery will continue as a cycle.