Kids and Pain Relievers
A new national Public Service Announcement Campaign, “You Decide Before They Prescribe,” is trying to educate parents on the link between prescribed prescription pain medicine and heroin abuse. It encourages parents to talk with their doctor about the addictive qualities of pain medicine and poseek information about alternative treatments.
Recently, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) issued national guidelines for physicians prescribing pain medicine, in an effort to reduce the scope of the epidemic.
Elaine Pozycki of Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing, a national organization advocating opioid prescribing policies that reduce health risks and deaths, said “Patients need to be notified by their physician of the addictive qualities of these opioid based drugs. Education is the key factor in preventing the abuse of opiates”.
According to the CDC, Since 2000:
Opioid pain relievers that are abused were most often obtained via prescription from physicians.
The rate of deaths from drug overdoses has increased 137%,
There has been a 200% increase in the rate of overdose deaths involving opioids
Users of prescription drugs are 40 times more likely to use heroin