Understanding Opioids & Addiction | Pain Stop

Understanding Opioids & Addiction

October 21, 2016

One of the biggest problems facing Americans today is opioid addiction. Opioids include everything from heroin and morphine to prescription pain relievers. In fact, the problem has grown so large that many consider it an epidemic. According to the NY Times, opioids were responsible for the deaths of over 33,000 Americans in 2015 alone. Sadly, opioid addiction can start with a prescribed painkiller.

Prescription Painkiller Abuse

When a person experiences a serious injury, one of the effects – whether it’s short-term or long-term – is pain. To help patients endure the pain caused by any injuries, medical professionals will often prescribe painkillers. These painkillers often consist of opioids such as codeine, fentanyl and hydrocodone.

The risk of these painkillers is that although they do help numb pain, the patients who take them can develop a dependency. According to the CDC, upwards of 25% of patients that receive prescription opioids for long-term problems (not including cancer) end up struggling with addiction.

Not only is it a serious issue in itself, but prescription drug abuse often leads patients to use harder, more dangerous drugs, such as heroin. When patients are unable to acquire drugs legally, they may turn to illegal substitutes.

An Alternative to Opioids

Fortunately, if you are suffering from chronic pain caused by an injury, you don’t have to turn to opioid use for relief. Here at Pain Stop, we provide alternative treatments customized to each patient’s needs to help manage pain. If you have experienced an injury and are dealing with chronic pain, contact us at Pain Stop for more information.

 

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