Pain Killers Epidemic USA
Been thinking about this for a while in consideration of the variety of pain and opioid use narratives encountered.
More than one in three people in the United States have experienced pain of some sort in the previous three months. (Some 115 million+)
Of these, approximately 50 million suffer from chronic or severe pain.
To put these numbers in perspective:
21 million people have been diagnosed with diabetes,
14 million have cancer - this is all types of cancer combined - and
28 million have been diagnosed with heart disease.
In 2012, 259 million prescriptions for opioids were filled in the United States. It is not clear how many of these prescriptions were for chronic pain.
In this light, the number of pain sufferers is stunning and indicates that it is a major epidemic.
(Figures for distinction between acute and chronic pain not available here yet)
Attached is a very informative and meaningful talk on the caption below. What bothers me about it is the lack of mention of anyone having read pharmacology would know of the addictive potential of opiates, with the option of calibrating and refusal! It has been well addressed by the honesty of the panel in their frustrations with the economic bondage of the doctors to the insurance industry and the unfairness of the industry to the quality of care of the patients. Perhaps a very raw example of money makes the mayor go, or something?