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Opioid Addictions and Overdoses Pose Serious, Fatal Problems

Opioid Addictions and Overdoses - The Bergand Group

It isn’t breaking news that opioid addictions and overdoses having been a major problem in the United States within a period that stretches back almost thirty years.  Doctors, who can recognize the symptoms immediately and determine what substance has brought in the overdose patient, are seeing more and more a certain demographic of people who fall victim to these conditions “just 31 months” after their initial prescription.  This is an epidemic that needs to be addressed in a serious and meaningful way.

Action by Doctors Needed to Slow Opioid Addictions and Overdoses

“There is no other medication routinely used for a nonfatal condition that kills patients so frequently.”  Though the medications vary in name, they all fall under the category of prescription opioid medications and have all contributed to this startling statement.  The mid-30s, Caucasian males who are most likely to be a victim are still routinely falling under the dangerous sway of these opioid addictions.  Most people are introduced to these drugs following a surgery or procedure and it all goes downhill from there.

These overdoses have been described as “the most common cause of preventable death in America today.”  Opioid addictions begin in innocence, perhaps, prescribed rightfully by a doctor, but things can quickly go downhill as time goes on.  Some of the blame is placed on insurance companies who usually seem to opt for the cheaper option (in this case, using the drugs for pain management is cheaper for them than alternatives).  Companies who produced the opiates have previously mislead the public about the risks involved with taking these drugs so that their businesses wouldn’t suffer as a result of the truth.  Doctors themselves have to shoulder part of the blame for either ignoring the research or for being too indulgent about the length and amount of the prescription that they allowed to their patients.

The dangers extend beyond a single flirtation with these drugs.  Because the base composition of opiates are similar to heroin, many people are moving past the prescription drugs and into a full-blown heroin addiction.  Even worse, perhaps, is that fact that the majority of people who live through an opioid addictions and overdoses go on to seek out the drugs again and are often given that go-ahead by the same doctor.

The unfortunate truth is that there are a lot of people who suffer from chronic pain and who are helped by prescription painkillers.  Still, so many people are then also suffering from opioid addictions and overdoses that something must be done to change the way in which this is so detrimentally impacting the American population.  There need to be options that both ease the pain and which also do not pose additional risks, and in the meantime, researchers and health professionals need to be honest with their findings and thorough in their research.

There is some good news in all this, thankfully.  The CDC is apparently making strong recommendations that doctors not prescribe these addictive drugs to their patients and instead consider other options.  If it’s the only available solution to those who are in enormous need of pain management, the prescriptions are for small doses and days at a time, which will hopefully help to thwart additional opioid addictions in the U.S.  One of the best resources for this problem is doctors themselves who have the responsibility to speak with their patients about the dangers of any drugs that they prescribe in frank and realistic terms.

If you have developed an addiction to prescription drugs and want to seek help,  get in touch with The Bergand Group. The Bergand Group is Maryland’s leading addiction recovery center, and offers support for those struggling with addiction and mental health issues.  We can help you to work through your addiction in a safe and healthy environment where everyone is committed to your care.

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