Addiction To Pain Killers

Written by Michael Federico
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Addiction to pain killers is a growing problem in the United States, where each year of the past decade has seen approximately 1.6 million new users. Despite what many think, addiction to pain killers is not relegated to stereotypical drug addicts. Those young, waif-like creatures that most picture when they hear the word "addiction" are, by no means, the majority of drug users in this country. People from all cultures and all socio-economic environments have been affected by pain killer abuse.

Recently, addiction to pain killers has gained more national attention. This is due partially to the fact that pain killer related deaths have been reported throughout the country, but as with many problems in America, it is celebrity addiction that has garnered public attention . As sitcom stars and right-wing talk-radio hosts have had their pictures plastered across the tabloids, Americans have begun to realize that painkiller abuse is a very real problem.

Causes of Addiction to Pain killers

The most common form of pain killer abuse occurs among people who are initially prescribed the medicine to treat legitimate pain. Doctors often do not take into consideration a patient's history with addiction, or a patient's ability to cope with the pain after the pills are gone. These oversights, coupled with the fact that many painkillers possess highly addictive elements, can lead a patient to dependency, causing them to reach a point where they cannot function without the pill.

Addiction to pain killers can be treated. Advances in technology are giving doctors and scientists a better understanding of the nature of addiction. As they isolate the causes, they are able to develop more specific and more effective therapies for those who suffer from pain killer addiction.

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