1,000 people per day. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, that’s how many patients are treated in hospitals for not using painkillers or prescription opioids as directed.
Why is this? One reason could be that people tend to consider painkillers an inherently “safe” drug, because when used properly, they’re legal. But in actuality, prescription opioid abuse is rampant and often deadly. Even when used as prescribed, painkiller use can still negatively affect your body.
According to the Cleveland Clinic, here are some of the ways painkiller use can affect your physical health (even when used as a doctor recommends):
There are some psychological side effects that come along with addiction as well. Here are a few:
So why is painkiller abuse so common? Painkillers are a form of opioids. And opioids are highly addictive, meaning the risk of abuse is high. That’s why painkillers are typically only prescribed when other treatments and pain medications don’t work. Despite the fact that the dangers of painkillers are well known, the number of deaths from painkillers has quadrupled to nearly 15,000 per year in the U.S. in the past decade.
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