Curbing Crisis of Excessive use of Prescription Opioids
Published:17 Feb.2019    Source:Scientificamerican

Excessive use of prescription opioids in the United States has created an epidemic of drug-related injury, death, and cost. Although the origins of the problem can be attributed to many potential sources, the financial, personal, and public health costs are easily measured, and are reported widely in the scientific and lay press. This document describes one of the gateways of addiction, the surgical setting, and elaborates on the history of opioid prescriptions, touching on the short and long-term effects of prescription opioid misuse. Lastly, this manuscript provides a potential means of curbing the crisis through a focus on prevention.