New Strategy Developed by FDA Will Hopefully Decrease Opiate Drug Abuse
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The abuse of prescription opiate drugs is at epidemic levels throughout the United States and in order to help reduce the abuse of addictive drugs a new plan was developed by the FDA to help medical professionals prescribe them properly according to ScienceDaily. Lives are lost every year due to prescription drug abuse and according to the article addictive opioid abuse deaths are reaching 14,000 a year.
In New Mexico the drug overdose death rates have also drastically increased over 60% from 2001 and 2010 according to their Department of Health. Overdose death rates from prescription opioid drugs like oxycodone, methadone and morphine since 2007 has surpassed the death rates from drugs like heroin and cocaine.
Opioid treatment is very beneficial for patients that legitimately need pain medication. Hopefully the new plan the FDA has developed will help educate physicians, cut down on the amount of prescriptions written, educate patients that do need opioid treatment about the risks and dangers associated with prescription pain medications and monitor their patients use. There are so many people in our country that have become addicted to prescription drugs and sadly abusers of opiates and other medications are getting younger and younger.