by Alanna Ketler, Collective Evolution:
- The Facts:The opioid crisis is at an all-time high in the United States. New research shows that some doctors are part of the problem as they are prescribing opioids for no reason.
- Reflect On:Should we be investing more research into non-addictive methods of pain control? Should there be a background check before opioid painkillers are prescribed? Is our health care system actually promoting good health? Why are these drugs legal?
The misuse and addiction to opiates has become an epidemic in the United States. In fact, every single day over 115 people die from overdosing on opioids. Addiction to opioids, which includes heroin, prescription pain medication and synthetic opioids, such as fentanyl, is an extremely serious national crisis that affects public health and social and economic welfare.