The Hidden Killer: Prescription Pain Killers
There’s a drug epidemic in America, but you won’t find it on a street corner in the worst part of town. It may actually be in your medicine cabinet in the form of prescription pain killers.
Our National Addiction to Prescription Pain Killers
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) over 2 million Americans are addicted to prescription opioid pain killers, such as Vicodin and Oxycodone. The cost of that addiction is staggering: There are now more overdose deaths from prescription opioids than all illicit street drugs combined.
And that’s just for starters:
- Prescription pain relievers were abused by 5.1 million people in 2015, and prescription drug overdoses now kill more Americans than motor vehicle crashes, according to NIDA.
- In 2010, more than 400,000 emergency room visits were made related to prescription pain relievers.
- The abuse of prescription painkillers by youth has been directly correlated with alarming increases across the nation in the use of heroin, which is cheaper and easier to acquire than synthetic pain killers.
Those statistics are more than alarming, but even more disturbing is the fact that more than 70 percent of people who abused prescription pain killers reported getting them from friends or relatives. It’s actually not all that surprising given that prescription pain relievers have been over-prescribed by physicians since the early 1990’s. How over-prescribed? The Centers for Disease Control reports that here were enough pain killers prescribed in 2010 to medicate each American adult every four hours for one month.
What You Can Do to Help
Snyder Insurance and Financial Services is committed to the health and wellness of our policyholders, and we urge you to take preventative measures to prevent prescription drug abuse before it occurs. You can start by exploring the links below and watching the following video.