Causes of Opioid Outbreak

How Exactly Did The Opioid Epidemic Get Worse? 

Prescribed mainly for chronic and acute pain, opioid pain medications are highly responsible for physical harm and deaths in America. According to the CDC, there was a total 47,055 deaths reported in 2014 due to drug overdose in the United States, and 61% of them were due to opioids.

Causes of Opioid Outbreak

Like most common things in medical science, there is no simple solution. But it is not that complex to trace back decades and address some major influences. So, let’s take a look at the actual cause of opioid epidemic.

Pain Management – To improve and standardize pain management among patients, Pain as the 5th Vital Sign (P5VS), a national initiative was conducted in the late 1990s. The people in this campaign were looking forward to improve overall well-being and health of over 34 million patients suffering chronic pain. After this initiative, no improvement was seen. But it still persists with medicine.

Due to this reason, doctors started prescribing opioids to the patients with chronic pain. Unfortunately, the goal for complete removal of pain was unrealistic and it failed to improve the life of patients.

Satisfaction for Patient – It’s not tempting to see the doctor. Sometimes, it is just a viral fever and antibiotics are more likely to be the quick fix so patients don’t like to be seen. Patients don’t often feel to spend money on medical fees. By prescribing opioids for pain, they also took a huge risk. Due to this reason, patients developed addiction or dependence.

Due to this reason, the side effects started getting worse like severe constipation and bowel syndrome. People started dying due to overdose of prescription medications. 

OxyContin – It was arrived in 1996. It was marketed highly to the doctors as well as the consumers. It was supposed to be the best drug to treat chronic pain. The company did the best job but things gone worse little differently. It became the most abused drugs by causing over 100,000 deaths due to drug overdose every year.