In 2008, more than 14,000 people died from overdosing on prescription painkillers. This number is more than three times the amount of overdoses related to prescription drugs in 1999. If you were to visit a detoxification center ten years ago, the vast majority of patients there were addicted to street drugs such as heroin, cocaine or alcohol. Now when you go into a drug detox unit the rooms are filled with people trying to get clean from prescription drugs, such as Oxycontin and Xanax.
Addiction to painkillers is growing at alarming rates all throughout the country and the fact that accidental overdose deaths have tripled in a decade is scary. While the problem with prescription drug addiction is very evident, the source of the problem is not as clear.
While there are some irresponsible physicians who are liberally prescribing medications, the majority of doctors proudly hold themselves to the high ethical standards that are expected of them. This doesn’t mean that a doctor that has all of the good intentions isn’t misinformed about the positives and negatives about certain prescription drugs.
When it comes to drug addiction, a person will stop at nothing to feed their addiction. Where there is a will there is a way. One of the keys to prevention is education. Doctors need to be completely educated on recognizing addiction as well as the safest ways to treat both chronic and acute pain.
Statistics have more than proven that prescription drugs are extremely addictive. Doctors and recipients need to do everything in their power to make sure that these dangerous drugs do not fall into the wrong hands.
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