Prescription pain pills, also known as painkillers, are a type of medication most commonly utilized for the treatment of moderate or severe pain. The most common types of pain pill include oxycodone, hydrocodone, morphine and codeine. These medications are highly addictive, and despite growing efforts to crack down on distribution and promote addiction prevention, the scope of the nationwide opioid epidemic continues to grow on a daily basis. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 15,000 people die every year as a direct result of opioid painkiller overdoses.
Part of the reason why pain pills are so frequently abused is exceedingly high prescription rates. The CDC states: “Enough prescription painkillers were prescribed in 2010 to medicate every American adult around-the-clock for a month. Although most of these pills were prescribed for a medical purpose, many ended up in the hands of people who misused or abused them.”
Additionally, many people who are prescribed pain pills to treat a legitimate pain-related issue end up abusing their medication, eventually developing a physical and psychological dependence which progresses into a life-threatening addiction in a short matter of months or years. At Pine Tree Recovery Center we have extensive experience treating the symptoms associated with pain pill withdrawal and addiction. We have seen numerous people of all ages and walks of life successfully overcome opioid addictions of all types and severities, going on to lead healthy, fulfilling and substance-free lives. If you or someone you love has been abusing pain pills we are available to help. today to learn more.