Is There Such a Thing as a ‘Safe’ Painkiller Prescription?
Over-prescription of opioid painkillers such as oxycodone (OxyContin, Percocet and Percodan) and hydrocodone (Vicodin, Hysingla and Zohydro) has contributed to an alarming spike in opiate addiction. Opioid painkiller prescriptions have quadrupled since 2000, and America consumes more opioids than any other country.
Widespread addiction to opiates has been declared a public health crisis in the U.S. The President is working with various agencies like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) to raise awareness of the issue, improve access to addiction treatment programs and establish safer guidelines for prescribing these medications.
The CDC recently issued new painkiller dosing guidelines designed to help reduce and manage addiction risks. This infographic illustrates the importance of dose and length of treatment in combatting the opiate epidemic and how small prescriptions can potentially cause big problems.