The Rx Opioid Problem

Opiates have been used to manage pain for centuries and are often perceived as the pillar of pharmacological pain management, with approximately 3% – 4% of the adult U.S. population being prescribed long-term therapy.

In 2016, 19.1 per 100 persons received one or more opioid prescriptions, with the average patient receiving 3.5 prescriptions.

At least half of all opioid overdose deaths involve a prescribed opioid medication, with nearly 80% of those deaths considered accidental or unintentional. It is estimated that chronic opioid use costs up to $635 billion annually in medical treatment and loss of productivity.

 

References & Resources:

www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/pdf/pubs/2017-cdc-drug-surveillance-report.pdf
www.cdc.gov/nchs/fastats/drug-use-therapeutic.htm
www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/25207607
www.samhsa.gov/data/sites/default/files/NSDUH-FRR1-2014/NSDUH-FRR1-2014.pdf
http://journals.sagepub.com/doi/pdf/10.1177/1060028018765159