Opiate Prescriptions Skyrocket While Reported Pain Remains the Same

Opiate Prescriptions Skyrocket While Reported Pain Remains the Same

Opiates are among the most powerful drugs doctors have in their arsenal to combat injuries and illnesses. While potentially life-saving, misuse of these painkillers can cause catastrophic damage to the lives of patients.

The amount of prescription painkillers sold to doctors’ offices, pharmacies, and hospitals nearly quadrupled from 1999 to 2010, but the amount of pain reported by Americans did not change over that time (statistics via the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): https://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/epidemic/index.html).

This increase in sales has led to an increase in doctors prescribing their patients with these drugs, which in turn led to an increase in overdose deaths. According to the CDC, more than 200,000 people died from overdoses tied to prescription painkillers. Some of the most commonly prescribed drugs include hydrocodone (Vicodin) and oxycodone (OxyContin).

While prescription painkillers can provide patients with much-needed pain relief, overprescribing opiates has created its own set of potentially deadly issues. If you are looking for help breaking through your addiction, our staff here at Novus Detox® is ready to help. Fill us in on the details of your situation through our online form, or give us a call at (855) 464-8550 today to discuss your needs over the phone.

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