“When used properly, opioid analgesics can be extremely effective therapies. When misused or abused, however, the agents can have dire consequences, as we’ve seen with the recent rise in morbidity and mortality associated with opioid use. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2012, US providers wrote 259 million prescriptions for painkillers, enough for every American adult to have a bottle of pills. The CDC also reports that 46 Americans die every day from overdosing on prescription painkillers.
As part of a commitment to the White House calling on public and private organizations to help address prescription drug and heroin abuse, WebMD and Medscape recently conducted a survey exploring patient and prescriber attitudes about and experience with opioids. Read on for the results.”
Source: Medscape.com – January 28, 2016