Deaths from prescription opioid painkillers have reached epidemic levels in the past decade. An estimated 15 thousand americans die each year from overdose and misuse of these painkillers.
However, many people are not aware that opioid dependence is a chronic disease that can be treated. Dependence can start innocently. Often people are prescribed opioid painkillers for legitamte causes — such as injury — but eventually they may find it very difficult to stop without help.
Dr. Michael shore , addiction specialist and clinical assistant professor of psychiatry:
“Addiction to opioid painkiller medication is a chronic brain disease, not a failure of personal will or moral weakness. People dependent on opioid painkillers need to know that effective medical treatment options are available in the privacy of a physician’s office and without the need for daily visits.”
For the millions facing addiction to opioid painkillers, a simple first step is to log on to turn to help dot com to find a doctor near you who is certified to treat opioid dependence in their office.
Remember-you are not alone.
This report brought to you by reckitt benckiser pharmaceuticals.
I’m wes benter.