Monday, March 23, 2015

Data Suggests We Still Have a Long Way To Go

A quick scan of this morning's news shows we have a long way to go in the fight against prescription opioid misuse and abuse.

From a survey conducted by the National Safety Council we learned that:

  • Nine in 10 opioid painkiller users are not concerned about addiction as a side effect, though 60 percent of users have at least one addiction risk factor 
  • 69 percent of opioid painkiller users feel opioids are the most effective medications to treat pain, though research shows this is not true
  • Americans mistakenly believe gun violence, severe weather and commercial airline travel are more significant threats to their safety than opioid painkillers
  • Many Americans do not realize they have taken opioids

  • 42.9% of the 1,285 patients on long term opioid therapy had signed a treatment agreement
  • 62.8% of those patients had been subject to a urine drug test within the last year. 
  • The study's lead author, Laila Khalid, told workcompcentral, "It should be 100% adherence."  

So once more unto the breach, dear friends, once more.  Another week in the battle against prescription drug abuse.  Lots of work to do.  

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