Understanding the Epidemic

Understanding the Epidemic

*Average Day in the US

  • 650,000 prescriptions written
  • 4,000 people start non-medical use of narcotics
  • 600 start heroin use
  • 3,300 visit the ER
  • 58 babies born addicted
  • 120 die of opioid overdose (2 a day in AZ)

Drug overdose deaths are continuing to increase in the United States. Sadly, many people that overdose started taking the prescription pain medication due to legitimate pain or serious injury. Why is taking a pain medication our first step to managing our painful joints and bodies? Our goal at Cactus Medical Center is to be your FIRST treatment option when you have pain or an injury. Our non-narcotic pain management approach with an integrated medical team can help fix and repair what is causing your pain so that medication is not needed! The statistics are staggering regarding how addictive these opioids are. A CDC study on dependency showed the following, after initial use of narcotic pain medication:

  • After one day of use = 6% risk of use one year later — 2.9% risk of use three years later
  • After 8 days of use = 12.5% still using pain meds a year later
  • After 30 days of use = 30% still using meds a year later

These medications are dangerous and should not be the first line of defense to alleviate pain. We need to educate each other and even our doctors when they offer you these types of medications. There ARE other options to manage your pain. Call us today, we can help! 

Reference: https://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/epidemic/index.html