This is the first when the United States Surgeon General announced that active measures would be taken to prevent the epidemic of alcohol and opioid addiction across the country.
Therefore, policymakers and doctors will double their efforts to better inform the public about the risks of drug abuse. For instance, there are some powerful painkillers, such as Vicodin and Oxycontin, which doctors usually prescribe, although they are addictive.
The U.S. Surgeon General says that addiction should be seen as an illness. Therefore, people who suffer from opioid addiction need treatment. His reports suggest that early intervention and treatments have successfully tackled this problem.
However, the statistics have shown that most healthcare professionals don’t address this issue. More precisely, just one in ten patients receive the treatment they need to recover from their addiction.
The report of the U.S. Surgeon General points to many other problems as well, including the prescription of various pills and alcohol. Also, it stresses that public health specialists must raise awareness about opioid addiction which is widely spread among many local communities.
Healthcare professionals are strongly recommended to stick to the CDC guidelines on opioid prescription. Based on the estimates, the mortality rates caused by opioid overdoses increased by 200 percent since 200.
In most cases, people used Vicodin, Percocet, and Fentanyl. All these drugs are usually prescribed by clinicians. Worse, roughly 30,000 Americans died due to opioid overdoses in 2014, and most of these drugs were heroin and painkillers.
The CDC prescribing guidelines underline that doctors must take a different approach to drug prescription, especially when patients request Vicodin, Percocet, and Oxycontin. Although many people might be suffering from acute pain, they can still become addicted to opioids, if they are not careful.
The experts came to the conclusion that the opioid abuse increased the risk of long-term consequences, such as opioid addiction, overdose, and even death. Although most Americans taking painkillers don’t fall into addiction, almost all people who take these opioids longer than a few weeks become addicted to them in some way or another.
The risk of opioid addiction can be significantly reduced if people use other methods of relieving pain including physical exercises, non-addictive painkillers, or cognitive behavior therapy.
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