3 Shocking Stats That Prove We Must #ChoosePT

The American Society of Addiction Medicine's 2016 Official Opioid Abuse Report states: "Opioid Abuse Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the US, with 52,404 lethal drug overdoses in 2015. Opioid addiction is driving this epidemic, with 20,101 overdose deaths related to prescription pain relievers."
The CDC, Center for Disease Control, estimates that 91 people die of an opioid overdose every day in the US. That’s about one person every 15 minutes.

1. With a 10-day supply of opioids, 1 in 5 become long-term users.

Source: Ars Technica

In a study by the University of Arkansas College for Medical Science conducted between 2006 and 2015 on 1.3M subjects reports: nearly 20% of subjects perscribed a 10 day supply of opioids were still using them 1 year later.

2. Most Teens Who Abuse Opioids 1st Got Them from a Doctor.

Source: Live Science

The study looked at US adolescents from 1976 to 2015. They discovered a strong correlation between teens taking the drugs for medical reasons and then later taking them for "nonmedical" reasons. In the final year of the study, 2015, 8% of adolescents reported abusing prescription opioids.

According to the most recent US census data, July 2016, there are 323,148,587 people living in the US and approximately 13.2 percent of them are adolectent (age 10 - 19). That is about 43 million adolecents. Acording to the above study, 8% of these 43 million are already abusing opioids, that is over 3.4 million americans addicted before their 20th birthday.

3. Amid Opioid Epidemic, Ohio runs out of room for bodies.

Amid an opioid epidemic in Ohio, Mr. Betz, the forensics director, stated: in his 40 years in he has never seen such a steady increase in overdose deaths. Ohio who is suffers from the 4th highest rate of opioid overodoeses has very recenly made changes to mandate the maximum opioid perscription to be 7 days.

Early last year, the CDC released guidelines for prescribing opioids, recommending weak, short doses, ideally three days for acute pain. The agency urged doctors to refrain from prescribing opioids for chronic pain, except for cancer patients and end-of-life care. But that wasn’t enough. In 2017 the US Health Chief finally got it right when he said Prescribe exercise not drugs for lower back pain. Together we can end opioid abuse. Please share to help spread the word.

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