Opioids are medications prescribed to treat severe chronic pain. These medicines might include synthetic opioids such as fentanyl (for cancer patients) and painkillers like hydrocodone, morphine, and oxycodone amongst others. Opioids are considered to be dangerous because of their highly addictive nature. They are often associated with overdoses and overdose-related deaths. Read more
Rates for prescription drug abuse in the U.S. are high, and the numbers are alarming. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates nearly 17,000 people die each year from prescription painkiller overdoses as of 2012. According to Pew Research, 37 percent of Americans believe that the country is losing ground on prescription abuse. Plus, there is a known link between painkiller abuse and abuse of street opiates like heroin. Read more
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