The current opioid epidemic that threatens to cause the entire country to wake up in a puddle of its own vomit, is believed to be the fault of Big Pharma. We say “believed” because the only thing that Big Pharma does better than make and market drugs that no one needs is sue the pants off of publications that report that.
Addiction today has become a major problem globally. There is a huge problem that can be hidden and not obvious to the public: addiction initiated from using prescription opioids or painkillers. The following paragraphs will discuss the percentage of heroin addicts whose addiction started when they were prescribed opioids, what percentage of overdoses are from prescription painkillers recently comparable to previous years, and the percentage of heroin addicts whose addiction started when they were prescribed opioids.
Hi Sean, thank you so much for offering to share your story with us. Your opioid addiction began in high school, when you were involved in a sports injury, and ended with you checking into rehab for heroin-addiction. Can you describe what happened that resulted in your doctor prescribing you opioids in the first place?
ANSWER: When I was seventeen, I was injured while playing football. After x-raying me, my doctor diagnosed me with a herniated disc and prescribed me Percocet. Not too long after the dosage was increased to 10 mg., I built up a tolerance to that, and had to take too many pills just for it to be effective any more. Then I was switched to Oxycontin. The injury was something I was eventually able to resolve through therapy, but it was the way the drug made me feel that kept me hooked on it. I was at a point where I was questioning my tolerance, seeing how far I could push the envelope.
Medical professional across the United States have to accept their part in the current opioid epidemic that threatens to turn many into the next cautionary tale in a classic after-school special.