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Each 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.