One of the greatest concerns of the 21st century is the simple mystery of how Americans’ admission of pain has gone up immensely, and it has gone up on exactly the same order of magnitude as the rise in opiate prescription medication use. Curious and worrisome, on the one hand, Americans in legitimate pain cannot be discounted. However, at the same time the whole matter is entirely suspicious when overall, nationwide pain levels increased by over three-hundred percent between 2004 and 2008 when the production and distribution of opiate prescription pain relievers also increased by over three-hundred percent between 2001 and 2005.
Apparently, our consideration and the way that we view pain have changed. A type or level of pain that before we may have just “dealt with” or used a holistic remedy for is now something that we will fill a prescription of incredibly strong painkillers for. Not to mention that essentially anyone can get a prescription filled for almost anything. Doctors all across the United States make a lot of money to dole out these drugs, and one will not have to ask most doctors more than once if they want to get on the opiate pain drug bandwagon.
The Dangers of Prescription Pain Relievers
There are people who struggle with chronic pain. There always have been. But if actual examination and serious, truthful, honest study was done on each and every case who claims to be suffering with “Moderate to severe pain,” then it would be found that these issues really are not that prevalent. According to a report done by the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, about only one out of five Americans who claims to suffer with severe, chronic pain actually really does have severe, chronic pain.
When you factor that into the gritty truth of prescription, opiate pain relievers, the cons really do begin to outweigh the pros, and alternative options and holistic methods begin to look a lot more desirable. Looking further into the facts and statistics on how opiate pain reliever drugs cause deaths in those who take them, some such facts and statistics have been included below:
- As of the year of 2012, the total deaths as a result of overdosing on legal, available, and supposedly safe opiate pain reliever analgesics, (pain relief drugs) have been at an all-time high in the United States. Moving forward into 2014, the total deaths that occurred as a result of overdosing on these misleading drugs topped seventeen thousand, higher than any year in history ever.
- Between 2001 and 2010, drug poisoning deaths in the United States in fact almost doubled in number to now measure over 17,000 deaths in the year of 2010 alone. The truly saddening thing about these deaths though is that the number one killer was opioid pain reliever drugs! These were drugs that were supposed to help people yet they killed more Americans than heroin, cocaine, and crystal meth combined.
- Prescription painkillers and opiate pain relievers, in particular, are killing more Americans than any other single type of drugs are. These are the ones to watch out for the most in the 21st century, and unfortunately, they are also the ones pushed by the medical doctors the most. Of the 32,400 drug overdose deaths in the U.S. in the year of 2005, opioid prescription painkillers were the most commonly found drug of them all, accounting for about fifty percent of the total deaths.
Looking to the future, it might be wise to really start inspecting more closely the subject of pain. Again, there are those who definitely do suffer and struggle a lot with chronic pain and they will need some form of attention, whether medical or holistic, to address this pain. However, it would seem that the problem with rising pain levels in the United States is rising greatly and it is not very well known when it will be going down. But how much of it is really legitimate? That is the real question here, and it is what must be considered by doctors before they prescribe pain drugs.