Experts said the findings, published Jan. 15 in the New England Journal of Medicine, are welcome news. The decline suggests that recent laws and prescribing guidelines aimed at preventing painkiller abuse are working to some degree.
“Some people are switching from painkillers to heroin,” said Dr. Adam Bisaga, an addiction psychiatrist at the New York State Psychiatric Institute in New York City.
While the dip in painkiller abuse is good news, more “global efforts” — including better access to addiction treatment — are needed, said Bisaga, who was not involved in the study.
“You can’t get rid of addiction just by decreasing the supply of painkillers,” he said.
Source: USNews.com – January14, 2015
Note: See related article Overdose Deaths Due to Prescription Painkillers May Peak Soon: Study from the Wall Street Journal available at: http://blogs.wsj.com/pharmalot/2015/01/07/overdose-deaths-due-to-prescription-painkillers-may-peak-soon-study/
Note: See related article Unintended Consequences: Are We Inadvertently Increasing Heroin Overdose Deaths? from the Fix available at: http://www.thefix.com/content/unintended-consequences%C2%A0are-we-inadvertently-increasing-heroin-overdose-deaths