More Than Fifty Percent of All Opioid Prescriptions Assigned to Mental Health Patients

drug treatment in Greensboro NCAnyone who has watched the news lately knows that there's an opioid crisis going on in the United States. Most of the time, opioids are prescribed as painkillers for those who have chronic pain and inflammation. However, half of all prescriptions written by doctors are for patients to treat mental illness. Almost 120,000,000 prescriptions are written each year in the United States for opioids. 60 million of those prescriptions written for adults that are suffering from a mental health disorder. If you need reliable drug treatment in Greensboro NC, look no further than Legacy Freedom. Call today to learn more.

Believe it or not, only 16% of the adults in the United States suffer from a diagnosed mental health disorder. This percentage does not add up to the previous numbers that we mentioned above.

Every day in the United States, 40 lives are lost due to overdoses of opioid prescriptions. With this opioid crisis going on, studies have been done to see how effective this type of medication is for those who suffer from mental illness.

Brian Sites, one author of a study done recently says that "Because of the vulnerable nature of patients with mental illness -- such as their susceptibility for opioid dependency and abuse -- this finding warrants urgent attention to determine if the risks associated with such prescribing are balanced with therapeutic benefits."

The CDC, U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, states that opioid drugs are being prescribed widely for numerous reasons. The prescriptions are so common, they're blaming the addiction epidemic on these drugs. Prescriptions of Vicodin and OxyContin are among some of the most popularly prescribed. They're also ring leaders in prescription drug overdoses as well according to the CDC.

Unfortunately, some people suffering from mental illness are taking opioids without really understanding what they are and how harmful and addictive they can be. An opioid is a synthetic or natural chemical drug that reduces the feelings of pain.  The following opioids are most commonly prescribed as pain relievers:

  • Fentanyl
  • Hydrocodone (Vicodin)
  • Oxycodone (OxyContin)
  • Oxymorphone (Opana)
  • Methadone

To learn more about the serious problems that opioid use can cause for those that are taking the medication or misusing it, visit our next blog post. There you'll find more information that can help you better understand this issue.

If someone you care about has become addicted to pain killers, or other narcotics, Legacy Freedom can help them. Call today and ask about our outpatient programs for drug treatment.

The Best Drug Treatment in Greensboro NC

It's important to never stop taking medication abruptly, especially if what you're taking is habit forming. The repercussions of doing this alone can be dangerous. Legacy Freedom of Greensboro can help you detox. Our trained specialists are on hand to make sure you come off the drugs in a safe and secure way.

Our Greensboro drug treatment has a higher success rate than traditional rehab facilities that require you to stay in-house until the program is complete. We know how hard it is to beat addiction. That’s why we’ve come up with a better, more successful, program that will help. Addiction can leave you feeling sad, lonely, and angry. You are not alone. We can help you get back on track to a healthier, happier life with affordable drug treatment in Greensboro NC.

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