PAIN RELIEVERS ABUSE
In the wake of the ongoing opioid addiction and overdose epidemic, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention published conservative prescribing guidelines for U.S. doctors to follow. And while there have been some welcome reductions in prescribing as a result, physicians should go a step further and offer patients alternatives to addictive pain meds.
What is the scope of opiate addiction? Reports indicate that more UK residents are using opioid pain relievers, but has that led to an increase in addiction?
If you’ve ever had a family member or friend who struggled with seizures, then you’ve probably heard of gabapentin. If not, let’s define it. Gabapentin is an anti-epileptic drug, an anticonvulsant. It’s one of the most commonly prescribed medications in the U.S.
When I see a headline in the media about opioid painkillers, the first thing I think of is addiction. And rightly so, as most news stories tend to be about the addictive nature of opioid painkillers, about overdoses, drug crime connected to painkillers, or pharma companies getting busted for their addictive products.
At this point, it is pretty clear to me that the United States of America is suffering from a crippling and extremely derisive opioid addiction epidemic. Sometimes, we have a hard time swallowing this bitter truth.
Doctors and all medical practitioners for that matter need to do their part to reduce the opioid epidemic. This has been a crippling, nightmare of a problem, a problem that has encapsulated a significant percentage of Americans and which has caused endless heartbreak, turmoil, deaths, and socioeconomic destruction.
The United States is in the midst of a pretty terrible health crisis, and it’s not what most people might think of when they think of a “health crisis.” In the morass of cancers, smoking, obesity, diabetes, ALS, Autism, and all of the other 21st-century health problems that are highly relevant, there is yet another health issue that is potentially more dangerous than all of the above health problems.
According to research, approximately one-hundred million Americans suffer from some form of regular, recurring pain problem. That is almost one-third of the entire population of the United States.