What Are The Numbers?
The abuse of prescription drugs is probably the fastest growing drug issue in the US. Fatal overdoses hit a sad new record every year, claiming 1.5 times as many lives as car accidents or gun violence.
And these numbers are not attributed to illegal drugs, but the highly available prescription opioid painkillers.
Government statistics shows that at least 2 million people either abuse or suffer physical dependence on the drugs. Check out details at Addictions. Doctors might be responsible for the onset of the crisis by recommending painkiller intake for minor aches and ailments, which do not require medication.
Almost every adult in the country has one of these bottles at home, and many have unfortunately become hooked on what’s inside.
Why Are Opioids Prescribed?
In the middle of the 20th century, semisynthetic opioids were only used on terminal illnesses to manage pain, or after …