Because of a significant increase in painkiller prescriptions to pet owners, veterinarians are being warned to watch for some owners who might be consuming these drugs instead of giving them to their pets.
New research indicates that, when a dentist prescribes opioid painkillers to teens and young adults following wisdom teeth surgery, they are also putting those same teens and young adults at risk for addiction.
Let’s imagine for a moment that you are the parent of a teenage or young adult child. You’re told by your child’s dentist that his (or her) wisdom teeth are going to be a problem and they need to be removed. Dutifully, you make one or more appointments for the extractions.
The United States is struggling with a powerful addiction epidemic, a crippling health crisis revolving around drugs and alcohol. Is this a new problem? Not really.Addiction has been around for thousands of years. Maybe longer. But is this a new level of severity of the same old problem? Yes indeed.
The primary reason we are in the drug and alcohol addiction epidemic that we are currently in is that of pharmaceutical drugs. There is no sense sugarcoating this, not when this is very much so the truth of the situation.
Over the course of the past few years, we have seen an explosion in the rate at which doctors in the United States are prescribing prescription painkillers.
Despite the fact that painkiller abuse and overdose is at astronomical levels, doctors do not appear to be lightening up on the number of prescriptions they write. Yet the number of deaths by drug overdoses in the United States is now greater than deaths by automobile accidents.