This program does speak seriously to the FACT that opiate addition and overdose is at an alarmingly high number. For those patients in chronic pain there are proper doses and formal monitoring that can be done. But, the numbers do tell us that the pendulum has swung too far and that opiate medications are too readily prescribed for "painful" life events. The human body can develop and be trained to manage pain without opiate treatment and too often opiates are the easy, quick answer to pain. Many times an anti-inflamatory medication will do more for pain and may even eliminate the pain permanently. Double blind studies are now showing this overmedication to be the case and anyone on opiates long term should consider steps to reduce their use; if only because the medications are liver and kidney toxic.
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