30-Second Blog “Snapshot:”
- According to Consumer Reports, opioid is an epidemic in the U.S. with roughly 45 people a day (more than 16,600 people a year) dying from drug overdoses.
- Opioid pain medicine can be habit-forming, even with regular doses, so it’s important patients take what’s prescribed by their physician.
- Prescription pain medication can be safe when used properly. The physicians talk about the consequences of taking more pain medication than recommended.
Taking more pain medication than prescribed or recommended can be dangerous for a number of reasons. To start, opioid dependency is a very real, life-threatening occurrence that can lead to addiction, overdose or even death.