Opioid Prescriptions Drop For First Time In US In Twenty Years

Posted: May 23 2016, 8:22am CDT | by , in Latest Science News


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Opioid Prescriptions Drop for First Time in US in Twenty Years
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The prescriptions for opiates have been slashed in the USA after a time span of twenty years. This is the first such incidence of its kind in two decades.

The sheer number of opiates that are being prescribed to those in pain in the United States have been reduced for the first time since the past twenty years or so.

Since the previous three years, the prescriptions of these painkillers have been on the decline. Opiates include a wide range of drugs that play a specific function in the body.

Such drugs as oxycodone, morphine, codeine, hydrocodone and others of their ilk are examples of opiates. Such brand names as Percocet and Vicodin are among the opiates that are normally prescribed by physicians.

They are mainly designed to lessen pain and also affect the emotions. All painful signals are blocked via their chemical action in the body and brain.

The only issue is that they are highly addictive in nature. Dependence is a common side effect and also an overdose can lead to mortality. The incidences of overdoses have increased over the years though.

Annually, as many as 17,000 deaths take place due to overdoses of opiates, according to NYTimes. Warning labels on the drug containers and efforts to decrease the number of unnecessary prescriptions of these drugs have bore fruit although it is a case of too little too late.

Now though the prescriptions have begun to peter out. Since 2013, the amount of opiates prescribed to patients have decreased in over 49 states of the US of A. West Virginia, Texas and Oklahoma have shown the greatest decline in opiate prescriptions. South Dakota has shown an increase though. The nationwide decrease in opiate prescriptions has been a whopping 12%.

Other sources say that prescription rates have been slashed by 18%. The massive onslaught of opiate prescriptions, the deleterious consequences they engendered and the interventions that were instituted all had to have a resultant effect. It has been a decrease in the amount of opiates that are being given to patients who face chronic pain.

There are those who say that by cutting the prescriptions, those who are responsibly using opiates tend to suffer along with the rest of the drug abuse victims. Many who would be given solace and peace of mind from the chaos of excruciating pain are caught up in this indiscriminate war on opiates. They would benefit from a dose or two and ought not to be lumped together with the other opiate users.

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