An estimated 11% of adults experience daily pain, and some of them need opioids, the powerful painkillers.
Before the medical community realized how addictive they are, they were prescribed much more casually.
That’s changed, and so have the guidelines from the Centers for Disease Control for how doctors should prescribe.
Their suggestion for dosage are lower now, and their precautions to doctors about addiction now apply to more than just those at high risk.
There are now more specific recommendations on monitoring and stopping the use of opioids, and there is hope that the drug companies will create new and powerful painkillers that are not addictive.
As always, if you or a loved one needs help recovering from addiction, this phone number is a good one to call: 1-800-662-HELP (4357). It’s a hotline that is staffed by trained professionals, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week.