From Initial Prescription to Misuse7
The inherent qualities of opioids can easily contribute to misuse. These qualities include feelings of euphoria and stress relief, as well as side effects such as tolerance and withdrawal.
Not all patients take opioids as prescribed. Even when opioids are taken as prescribed, patients may still become addicted—and the overwhelming statistics supports this school of thought.8
In 2018, 1.7 million Americans had a substance use disorder involving prescription pain relievers8
Of the 67,367 drug overdose deaths in 2018, 22% involved a prescription opioid9
In 2018, 128 people died each day from an opioid-related overdose10
4 out of 5 people who use heroin misused a prescription opioid first11
START BY PRESCRIBING NON-OPIOID PAIN RELIEF WHENEVER POSSIBLE