The United States is facing an opioid epidemic. According the the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were 63,632 drug overdose deaths in 2016, 174 deaths per day; one death every 8.28 minutes; 42,249 (66.4%) of those deaths were due to opioids. More deaths than those as a result of firearms, homicide, suicide, and motor vehicle crashes.
Medical Practitioners are now in a position to actually help combat the current opioid epidemic. Doctor’s are now taking responsibility in noticing the signs of addiction in their own patients.
Are you needing surgery and want to cut your risk of opioid addiction? Did you know that narcotic dependence is now the most common complication of non-emergency surgery?
Now doctors are finding safer ways to control your pain. Read more in this article from Cleveland Health Hub.
If you are scheduled to have surgery, talk to your surgeon and primary care physician.
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