Prescription Drug Addiction Now An Epidemic

Prescription Drug Addiction is truly a problem "out of control" as it involves (and is often caused) by health care practitioners--doctors, pharmacists, pharmaceutical companies, etc.--

Prescription Drug Addiction Is Now An Epidemic"Drug abuse was recently referred to as an "epidemic" in a newspaper article by a Nebraska State Patrol investigator. "Clinically, it's a very common problem," added Aly Hassan, M.D., assistant professor of psychiatry in the University of Nebraska Medical Center College of Medicine. The '90s were considered to be the decade of treatment of pain, the Dr. explained. Not only was there a change in medication, but there was also a change in policy. "An important aspect of that was to consider pain as the fifth vital sign," he said. . . . In 2012, Dr. Hassan pointed out that several of these drugs have similar characteristics to other addictive drugs:absorb quickly; the half-like of the medicine staying in your system goes very fast. "The opiates are very addictive for that reason," Dr. Hassan said, because it makes a person want to take another one. This puts clinicians in a bad situation because it is their job to prescribe these potentially addictive drugs. "This is beyond the level of an individual practitioner," Dr. Hassan said. "This is really a state problem or even a national problem.""

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