A study shows the epidemic of opioid addiction could have been prevented, as prescriptions in the emergency room have been a key role in fueling the crisis.
One study shows between 2001 and 2010, the number of people who got prescription painkillers rose by nearly 50 percent from 21 percent ot 31 percent.
Another study shows 17 percent of ER-patients in Colorado, who had never taken opioids before, but filled a prescription to threat a short term pain condition, were still taking a narcotic pain reliever a year later.
Reserachers say many patients who were first exposed to an opioid in the ER could have been for treated their injury without risk of addiction if they had received acetaminophen and ibuprofen.
Read the study HERE.
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