Dangers of Painkiller Abuse
According to the American Academy of Neurology (AAN), taking prescription pills can be extremely dangerous, and the risk of taking them outweighs the benefits.
Strong painkillers can cause death, addiction, and overdose. Using painkillers to treat headaches, chronic low back pain, and fibromyalgia may be more dangerous than beneficial, says the AAN.
Gary Franklin, a research professor in the Department of Environmental and Occupational Health Sciences in the University of Washington School of Public Health in Seattle said, “more than 100,000 people have died from prescription opioid use since policies changed in the late 1990s to allow much more liberal long-term use.”
Franklin continued, “There have been more deaths from prescription opioids in the most vulnerable young to middle-aged groups than from firearms and car accidents.” The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said rates of drug overdose deaths in the United States have tripled in the last 20 years.
The AAN recommends doctors work with a pain management specialist if a patient’s dosage is above 80 to 120 milligrams a day, and if his or her pain has not significantly improved.
Americans consume 80% of the worlds painkillers. Doctors in the United States prescribe more than 259 million prescriptions for painkillers every year.
Abusing painkillers can lead to addiction, depression, rapid decrease in blood pressure, and confusion or disorientation in familiar surroundings.
Some people believe that taking medically prescribed pills is much safer than illegal street drugs. This is not the case. Both painkillers as well as street drugs are dangerous. They both can cause addiction, legal and health consequences, and suffering.
Withdrawal from prescription drugs can include shortness of breath, vomiting, diarrhea, cardiac arrest, and seizures.
It’s possible for people to abuse painkillers as well as alcohol. When people combine painkillers with alcohol, the risk of overdose is very high, and extremely dangerous.
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