25 Percent of People Prescribed Opiates for an Extended Period of Time Suffer from Addiction

25 Percent of People Prescribed Opiates for an Extended Period of Time Suffer from Addiction

While prescription painkillers used to be reserved for the most severe cases, the massive spike in sales of opiates since the late 1990’s has led to a similar increase in the number of conditions doctors feel comfortable prescribing these types of drugs for.

Approximately one in four patients prescribed long-term opioid therapy in a primary care setting suffers from addiction to opiates (statistics via the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/opioids/prescribed.html).

Doctors used to reserve prescription painkillers for patients with the greatest need – patients with cancer, following a serious injury, or surgery. Now, doctors prescribe these drugs as treatment for chronic, non-cancer pain like osteoarthritis and back pain.

Overprescribing opiates is a serious issue that continues to affect countless Americans seeking help for one problem, many of whom end up with a potentially deadly addiction. Our staff here at Novus Detox understand just how difficult your struggles are, and will put together a plan that will help you fight to reclaim your life. Call us at (855) 464-8550 to discuss your situation over the phone, or send us the details of what you’re facing through our online form today.

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