The benign nature of opioids that was once looked upon as nothing short of a medical miracle for the treatment of pain is now the biggest cause of worry for the American government. The addictive nature of opioids, coupled with people’s tendency to abuse them, has unleashed a feeling of terror among the Americans, even in the medical fraternity. While doctors are still mulling over the correct dosage to be recommended to patients complaining of excruciating pain, the idea of advising opioids is now looked at with awe.
October is observed as the “Talk About Your Medicines Month” every year with this year’s theme focusing on the need of medication management and importance of safety. While addiction to various kinds of drugs are killing Americans every day, the increasing prevalence of dependence on prescription painkillers has resulted in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) denouncing it as an epidemic. Its abuse costs the U.S. economy $78.5 billion every year, according to a research published in the journal Medical Care in October 2016.
In the midst of escalating concern over widely prescribed opioids for treatment of cancerous or non-cancerous pain, the CDC had issued guidelines in March 2016 to address the large number of deaths resulting from opioid misuse.
The CDC’s “Guideline for Prescribing Opioids for Chronic Pain” is an attempt to bring about an improvement in communication between medical practitioners and their patients about the perils and advantages of opioids. The guidelines are based on the need to enhance safety levels and efficacy of the pain treatment process and to alleviate the potential risks linked to prolonged treatment with opioids. Some recommendations of the CDC are:
The guidelines aimed to cut down on prescription of opioids for treatment of pain while laying stress on the need for physicians to explore alternative methods for management of pain have invited a good deal of discussions in the medical fraternity. In 2016, many states have executed some of its guidelines.
Opioids need to be taken only when needed and to the extent it is required to treat pain and related disorders. Indulging in its use for sedative or hallucinatory impact can wreak havoc in terms of unbridled addictive habit. If you are looking for professional help to rid your loved ones of addictive habit, contact the 247 Recovery Helpline to know about substance abuse treatment centers in the U.S. Call at our 24/7 helpline number 855-441-4405 or chat online to know about the treatment centers for drug addiction.
Read the other articles of the series based on the “Talk About Your Medicines Month”: