According to the United States for Non-Dependence report, 11.7 billion opioids were prescribed to Americans in 2016. That’s enough opioids for every man, woman and child to have 36 pills apiece. And, despite increased efforts to reduce opioid use for treating pain after surgery, overprescribing of postsurgical opioids resulted in 3.3 billion unused pills flooding into communities, making these drugs available for diversion and misuse.
With effective non-opioid options available, we can help control pain without the need for these harmful medications. In fact, a 10 percent reduction in opioid prescribing could result in 300,000 fewer people becoming at risk for opioid dependence or addiction.
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