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Chronic Pain And Opioid Abuse in the US In Recent Years

image_3This week we’ve been sharing various updated topics from The National Institute on Drug Abuse official website such as national strategic plans for 2016-2020, treatment backed by scientific evidence, and the link between heavy drinking and alcoholism development. Today the topic is about on the most destructive drug abuse epidemics to date: opioid abuse and addiction in the US (and how it’s linked to chronic pain treatment). It’s important to note that many cases on opioid abuse and addiction involve getting medications from doctors and healthcare clinics, so no longer is the most dangerous simply a “street drug.”

(Information provided is courtesy of the National Institute on Drug Abuse)

Brief Description

Chronic pain affects an estimated 100 million Americans, or one third of the U.S. population, and it is the primary reason Americans are on disability. Although many treatments are available for pain, the number of prescriptions for opioid pain relievers has increased dramatically in recent years. Similarly, there has been an increase in both treatment admissions for prescription opioid addiction as well as accidental overdoses.  As a result, NIDA is working with the public health community to ensure effective and safe management  of pain. This section looks at many of these initiatives.

Opioid Use for Chronic Pain

  • Chronic pain is a major public health problem.
  • It affects more than one-third of the U.S. and 20%-30% of the world’s population.
  • Prevalence of persistent pain is expected to rise with the increase in diabetes, cardiovascular disorders, obesity, arthritis and cancer in the aging U.S. population.
  • Opioids can produce significant side effects such as respiratory depression, mental clouding, nausea, constipation and physical dependence. Opioid prescribing has increased 300% in the last 20 years.
  • Today, the number of people who die from prescription opioids exceeds the number from heroin and cocaine combined

Source: www.drugabuse.gov


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