Saturday, April 9, 2011
Opiates Most Widely Prescribed Drugs in U.S.
Sound the alarm; it's a painkiller panic! In the wake of the South Florida pain clinic scandal comes this timely account published in the Journal of the American Medical Association.
From Science Daily:
"Prescriptions for hydrocodone and oxycodone account for 84.9 percent of opioid prescriptions. Over ten years, there has been a fivefold increase in admissions to substance abuse programs for opioid addiction. Penn Medicine researchers are already looking into possible solutions to address these issues."
Translation: Legitimate pain patients can expect a fivefold increase in untreated pain as doctors turn them away for fear of losing their license. Oh well, there's always heroin.
Posted by Mary Microgram at 8:08 PM