AP Report Confirms Deadly Prescription Painkiller Epidemic

America has been battling a fierce prescription drug addiction problem for quite some time. However, during the past decade, the problem has reached epidemic proportions and permeated every region of the country. An Associated Press analysis has confirmed what many addiction professionals, law enforcement officials and prevention advocates have been saying for a few years now: sales and distribution of oxycodone and hydrocodone have increased dramatically from 2000 to 2010 and have coincided with a wave of prescription overdoses, fatalities, physical and mental illness, armed pharmacy robberies and personal theft. Oxycodone and hydrocodone are the two main ingredients in OxyContin and Vicodin, respectively—two of the countries two most popular brand-name painkillers. 

The proliferation of oxycodone has spanned the country from New York to New Mexico, while hydrocodone distribution continues to grow in the Midwest and Appalachia—the recognized cradle of American painkiller addiction. Painkiller drug addiction has grown to the point where it now claims 40 American lives per day. During its rapid rise to the forefront of US addiction threats, states like Virginia, Utah, Florida and Nevada have seen the most casualties. Experts report that one of the main reasons for this problem is an increase of aged patients with pain issues and doctors who first response to their complaining patients is writing them a painkiller prescription.

Prescription drugs have also become popular because many, especially young people, regard them as a safe, benign and legal way to get high. It's a lot easier to swipe a few pills from your parent's medicine cabinets than it is to risk legal trouble buying drugs off the street. While these drugs are incredibly effective in the treatment of moderate to severe pain, even those who most vigorously advocate for them recognize that there's a dark side to their intense power, the effects of which we've been seeing more and more. Education, prevention and painkiller addiction treatment are needed throughout the country to address this problem. 

Despite the complex and widespread nature of this crisis, there are far too few treatment options to keep up with the rising rate of casualties. Experts bemoan the lack of quality treatment options and say that the number of clinics set up in relation to pill mills and pharmacies on a national level is unacceptable. Many victims have to drive two hours to get quality treatment. They're also faced with having to find a program that will adequately address their needs. The quality of treatment can differ greatly amongst the facilities that over main medication addiction treatment programs. The wrong program can actually cause a patient undue pain and increase the likelihood of future relapse. 

Unfortunately many of these facilities only offer outpatient drug treatment options, which yield a demonstrably lower long-term success rate than inpatient (residential) programs. Outpatient programs are more affordable and are more popular because they are less expensive. The old adage "you get what you pay for" too often can be applied to the level of treatment patients receive at many outpatient programs. The nature of these outpatient programs forces them to send the patient right back out into the toxic circumstances that, in many cases, caused them to start using drugs in the first place. 

This alarming AP report proves that anyone can succumb to prescription painkiller addiction. If you or a loved is one of the thousands that are already suffering, you should seek the help of a quality inpatient treatment center that specializes in pain medication addiction. 

For more information on the AP report, click the link below.

Contact the National Information Center for Pain Medication Addiction anytime toll-free at (855) 222-1980 or through our online form, and receive the answers, information or our recommendation for the help you or your loved one need to stop their pain medication addiction!

Get back the quality of life and level of dignity that is only possible when you or your loved one are no longer addicted to pain medication drugs . . . regardless of whether they were obtained legally or illegally.

-->