America is in the grip of an opioid addiction epidemic, with misuse of prescription medication at the root of the problem. While there have always been issues with opioid use, specifically in the form of heroin, medications like OxyContin, Fentanyl, and Vicodin now form the core of the crisis. Compounding the issue, many Americans don’t realize they may have these dangerous medications in their own medicine cabinet.
Emergence: Where Did the Crisis Come From?
When many of these opioid painkillers came to market, it was believed that they were a good option for patients coping with chronic pain conditions. OxyContin has even been engineered specifically to avoid the potential for addiction, with the pills designed to make injection or snorting the crushed pills more difficult. [Read more…] about America’s Opioid Epidemic: The Rising Impact Of Prescription Drugs