The US is currently facing an opioid epidemic. This is Judy Gaman and this is your Stay Young Medical Minute. In 2017 the US Department of Health and Human Services, referred to as the HHS, declared the epidemic a public health emergency. Nearly 130 people die daily due to an opioid related overdose. So how did we get here? According to the HHS, in the 1990s, pharmaceutical companies told the medical community that opioids did not possess addictive qualities. Practitioners then began prescribing them at higher rates. This led to widespread misuse before the medical community realized the medications were highly addictive. Surgeons and dentists are often too liberal with opioid use, so beware and ask for alternate medications instead. Seek medical help if you or a loved one are experiencing an opioid addiction. This Stay Young Medical Minute is brought to you by Executive Medicine of Texas, a leader in preventative and proactive medicine. Learn why patients from around the globe trust Executive Medicine of Texas to their health. Visit EMTexas.com that’s EMTexas.com.
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