Options to Opioids: How to Manage Chronic Pain Without Prescribing Pain-Killers

You're reading Options to Opioids: How to Manage Chronic Pain Without Prescribing Pain-Killers, originally posted on Pick the Brain | Motivation and Self Improvement. If you're enjoying this, please visit our site for more inspirational articles. While there is considerable debate as to how much blame doctors should be assigned for the ongoing opioid crisis, there is little doubt they can do something to curtail it -- that instead of prescribing drugs that have been found to be highly addictive they can resort to alternate forms of pain management. Doctors’ prescription of powerful painkillers like OxyContin is frequently viewed as one of the major factors that triggered the opioid scourge -- an epidemic that kills 115 Americans daily, took the lives of some 200,000 between 1999 and 2016 and incurs some $78.5 billion a year in costs, when such matters as healthcare and law enforcement are factored in. In other words, the equation that has been put forth is that doctors prescribe painkillers, patients develop a dependency and then turn to such illicit drugs as heroin and fentanyl. This is a vast oversimplification. In reality, most doctors are seeking to help their patients with pain management, and prescribe drugs accordingly. Unfortunately, there are ample examples of patients who abuse those prescriptions, and that abuse leads them down a darker path. It is estimated that between 21 percent and 29 percent of those who are prescribed opioids for chronic pain abuse them...
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