The opioid epidemic continues to make front page news with more overdoses happening every day and new synthetic opioids promising more than earlier opioid formulations. Here are 9 facts about the epidemic that you need to know.
In 2014, nearly 2 million Americans met the diagnostic criteria for a past-year prescription opioid use disorder, and at least 14,000 people died from a prescription opioid overdose. Read about the top drivers and risk factors.
Opioids are known for their powerful pharmacokinetics for pain relief, but are now well recognized for their overuse and abuse through prescriptions provided by healthcare providers. This has created a medical oxymoron: well-meaning pain management as a valued, caring practice for successful recovery from both medical problems and surgical procedures, juxtaposed by the alarming growth of opioids' prescriptive footprint.