Key Factors Perpetuating Opioid Addiction
Why are Americans prescribed opioids at a rate 80% higher than that of other countries? From toothaches to major surgery, opioids are the go-to pain treatment despite a growing body of evidence revealing its role as a gateway to addiction. The culture of treating symptoms rather than disease has resulted in rampant over-prescribing of drugs that can easily become more dangerous to patients’ health than the condition they were prescribed for.
- How great is the opioid epidemic?
- Who is to blame?
- How should the epidemic be addressed?