Prescription drug abuse rates are rapidly increasing in the United States. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the U.S. makes up only 5 percent of the world’s population, yet it is responsible for the consumption of 75 percent of the world’s prescription drugs. Abuse of prescription drugs occurs who the drug is taken in a manner other than its intended purpose such as to get high.
Prescription drug abuse can take over someone's life if help isn't found. It doesn’t have to be this way though. For those who are struggling with prescription drug abuse and addiction, help is only a phone call away.
In recent years, opioid medications have been used as the first line of treatment for chronic pain. They are effective in providing quick relief from pain. Since chronic pains continue for a long time and do not go away easily, many patients are prescribed opioids for a longer period. However, a recent study has suggested that longer use of an opioid drug does not produce a better result than other safer alternatives. (more…)