Nine Frightening Facts about Pain Pills

Pain pills seem harmless. Just take them and your pain is gone, simple as that, right? Wrong. Dr. Kamshad Raiszadeh has compiled a list of facts that will make you rethink your stance on pain pills.

>> Fact 1: An estimated 26.4 million to 36 million people abuse opioids worldwide. Source

>> Fact 2: According to a report from the National Institute on Drug Abuse, between 1991 and 2011 doctors nearly tripled the amount of painkiller prescriptions they wrote (76 million to 219 million). Source

>> Fact 3: Some states have more opioid prescriptions than they have people. In 2012, according to a 2014 CDC study, Alabama was the worst offender, with almost 143 prescriptions per 100 people. Source

>> Fact 4: In 2012 an estimated 2.1 million people in the United States suffered from substance use disorders related to prescription opioid pain relievers, with 467,000 addicted to heroin. Source

>> Fact 5: Seventy-eight Americans die every day from an opioid overdose. Source

>> Fact 6: Between 1999 and 2014, more than 165,000 people in the U.S. died of overdose related to opioid pain medication. Source

>> Fact 7: The number of unintentional overdose deaths from prescription pain relievers in the U.S. has more than quadrupled since 1999. Source

>> Fact 8: More than 1.5 million people are hospitalized and over 100,000 die each year from adverse drug reactions. Source

>> Fact 9: Approximately one in four patients undergoing long-term opioid therapy in a primary care setting has an opioid addiction. Source


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Kamshad Raiszadeh, MD, is a board-certified orthopedic surgeon. He has 20 years of experience with the broad range of spine surgery including complex spinal disorders such as scoliosis and kyphosis, cervical spine disorders, as well as minimally invasive solutions to these conditions. He has extensive experience and proven success with non-operative treatment of spinal conditions.


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