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Overprescribing opioids contributes to addiction

The opioid epidemic has to be addressed, but this is proving to be very tricky. The dangers of drugs, such as heroin and prescription pain relievers, are widely noted. There are no options that will work for everyone across the board when it comes to helping people overcome this addiction.

Some individuals say that doctors should stop prescribing these drugs. Unfortunately, this isn't possible because some individuals have pain that can't be controlled through any other means. For those patients, doctors need to provide drugs that will help them, but this has to be done in a safe and controlled environment.

Opioids are always risky

Anyone who takes opioids is at risk of becoming addicted. It doesn't matter if they are legal drugs or illegal, there is still a chance for addiction. The reason for this is that opioids cause the body to release endorphins, which are the body's neurotransmitters that make you feel good. People begin to crave this release. However, the needed amount of the opioids increases as the body builds a tolerance to the drugs. The cravings are what lead to long-term addictions.

This problem doesn't impact any gender more than another or one income range over others. Anyone who uses opioids, whether for pain or pleasure, can become dependent. When the issue stems from prescription drugs, the prescribing doctors must ensure they are monitoring patients. Overprescribing opioids is one problem. Doctors can't properly monitor patients if they aren't coming back to the office for checkups since they have their medications prescribed for long periods of time.

Typically, opioids are safest when the person can limit the use of these drugs to three days or fewer. For longer treatments, other drugs might be safer options. Doctors have to carefully weigh the risks and benefits of various possibilities.

Addressing the problems

Having an opioid addiction due to improper prescribing or monitoring can be difficult to handle. There is a possibility that you can hold the doctor accountable, but you must act quickly. You should try to get off the drugs, but this will be difficult.

Seeking compensation for the damages associated with an opioid addiction isn't going to be easy. Be prepared for the long-term battle that you are going to face.

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