A Modern Day Epidemic: Prescription Opioid Abuse
A crisis of opioid drug abuse is sweeping the country and a potential culprit is now being identified. A recent study conducted by the Center for Public Integrity and the Associated Press has determined that the opposition of large pharmaceutical corporations to regulation on prescriptions may be a driving factor in the abuse of opioid painkillers, such as hydrocodone, oxycodone, morphine, codeine, and similar drugs.
Beyond blocking restrictions, “Big Pharma” is charged with excessive and unnecessary promotion of addictive drugs. Just last year, more than 220 million prescriptions for opioids were given throughout America, more than any other country.
Research has shown a devastating trend: opioid addictions start with legal prescriptions and then users get hooked beyond reprieve. Heavier versions of the drug become sought after and the death toll rises. In fact, within the epidemic of American drug overdoses, opioids are responsible for about half of all deaths.
In tackling the issue of opioid abuse, prevention is the best place to start. If you are considering using opioids for any reason, it’s important that you have your safety in mind. Here are tips for opioid safety:
- Get the right type and amount of drug by thoroughly discussing health information with your doctor before taking a prescription.
- Contact your doctor to report any side-effects or complications.
- Read directions for your prescription carefully.
- Get rid of old medications and make sure your prescriptions are current.
Unfortunately, the political power of pharmaceutical corporations combined with mistakes made by medical professionals leaves many at risk of suffering opioid addictions. If you or a loved one has been adversely affected by opiate painkillers, you may be able to collect damages for personal injury or medical malpractice. Contact the Milwaukee personal injury lawyers of Domnitz & Domnitz, S.C. for a free consultation.