Facts About Opioid Dependence

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pillsEach year, many people are injured or develop medical conditions that require prescription pain killers to manage their pain. While these pain killers provide relief they are also very addictive and some of these well-intentioned people become addicted to the pain Opioid Dependence Infographic killers which is also known as opioid dependence. Opioid dependence affects people of all ages and has become an epidemic in the United States. In fact, it affects more than 2 million people in the US, costing more than 183 billion dollars each year.

I have two family members who have been directly affected by opioid dependence and I’ve seen firsthand just how it can negatively affect people’s lives. The intentions of these people are good. They have pain from an injury and the doctor gives them medication for their pain. Then they become addicted to the medication and their bodies become accustomed to it with their brain thinking that the opioids are necessary for survival. In fact, opioid dependence is actually a medical disease that is treatable and many doctors say it can be cured with proper treatment.

Here are some more facts and an infographic about opioid dependence…

  • 87% of adults and 97% of doctors agree dependence can happen unexpectedly as a consequence of proper pain treatment.
  • 93% of adults and 97% of doctors agree that opioid dependence can impact people from all walks of life.
  • 75% of adults and 85% of doctors agree people living with opioid dependence cannot stop on their own.
  • 92% of adults and 98% of doctors say opioid dependence is treatable.
  • 77% of adults and 93% of doctors mention shame or embarrassment, fear that others will find out and/or feel of putting life on hold as reasons those suffering from addiction would refrain from seeking treatment.

Treatment for opioid dependence is covered by the majority of health insurance plans. This treatment consists of medication and behavioral changes with 73% of the doctors surveyed supporting the use of prescription medication to treat opioid dependence.

If you or someone you know is struggling with opioid dependence please visit turntohelp.com where you can anonymously research this disease and find help and treatment options. If you are personally dealing with this addiction, know that you are not alone and you are not a bad person. Everyone has struggles but these struggles can be overcome with proper treatment and support.

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  1. Thanks for your post! The more awareness the better!

  2. I know a lot of people who had their lives ruined from getting hooked. One lost everything. It is a big deal.
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  3. Thanks for sharing all this info – this is such a problem, but so many people don’t realized this even exists.

  4. Thanks so much for sharing this… such a scary issue that can really sneak up on you. Glad to have some facts and info, so important to be aware!
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  5. This is why I’ve always declined those kinds of pain killers. It’s just too easy for the body to like them too much!
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  6. Angela says:

    It’s frightening how easy it is for people to get hooked on opioids. I imagine it’s much more wide spread than most people realize.
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  7. Pam says:

    Thanks for reminding us of the dangers. I have had family members affected by this too and they think nothing is wrong because they are using prescription drugs.

  8. Daisy says:

    My husband’s aunt suffered from addiction and passed away. She was such a wonderful woman and it’s so sad.

  9. I recently lost a friend to drug use. :( I’m really glad to see posts like this out there, discussing things that most people don’t want to even know exists. It’s so important.
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    • Andrea says:

      I am so sorry for your loss, Sadie. Thanks for stopping by!