Staggering Statistics About America's Opioid Epidemic

America's prescription opioid epidemic is a topic of national news.

How bad is the problem? Here are some statistics via The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), which released guidelines in March 2016 encouraging health care providers to try safer alternatives for most pain management:

·      In 2012, health care providers wrote 259 million prescriptions for opioid pain medication, enough for every American adult to have their own bottle of pills.

·      As many as 1 in 4 people who receive prescription opioids long term for non-cancer pain in primary care settings struggles with addiction.

·      Sales of prescription opioids have nearly quadrupled since 1999 and deaths related to prescription opioids have quadrupled.

·      Heroin-related overdose deaths more than quadrupled between 2002 and 2014, and people addicted to prescription opioids are 40 times more likely to be addicted to heroin.

·      More than 165,000 persons in the United States have died from opioid pain-medication-related overdoses since 1999.

·      Every day, more than 1,000 people are treated in emergency departments for misusing prescription opioids.

The U.S. Surgeon General launched a national campaign #TurnTheTideRx to raise awareness about the risks of opioids and the safe alternatives for long-term pain management. Be apart of the solution and join the movement at

Do you know someone in pain? Encourage them to talk to their Chiropractic physician about safe ways to manage pain. Below, are a few key documents to learn about and engage in discussions regarding safe and effective pain management options and solutions.