According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, every day, more than 90 Americans die after overdosing on opioids. The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS) states that in 2016, 11.5 million people misused prescription opioids.
How did this happen?
According to the HHS, during the late 1990s, pharmaceutical companies misled the medical community by saying that opioid pain relievers were not addictive. As a result, healthcare providers began to prescribe them at greater rates.
This led to an increase in prescriptions of opioid medications, which in turn led to a widespread misuse of both prescription and non-prescription opioids.
Fast-forward to 2017, and the HHS declared a public health emergency, which included a 5-point strategy to combat the opioid crisis.
It’s no wonder, then, that both doctors and patients alike are eager to avoid opioid prescriptions whenever possible. When it comes to chronic pain sufferers, that can be increasingly difficult.
But it’s not impossible.
Here at Southern Pain & Neurological of Louisiana, we offer an array of interventional pain therapies that provide our patients with the relief they need - and deserve - prescribing opioids as an adjunct to multimodel therapies all designed to improve function and reduce disability and pain.