Painkillers Are Becoming the #1 Reason for Opiate Addictions in Maine

Prescription pills have recently been making the news. One reason for the front-page exposure has been due to the common practice of doctors prescribing pain medications to patients who have gone through a surgery, accident, or some other tragedy that would lend the patient to need a source of solace in a time of discomfort, or in some cases, unbearable pain. These patients are often times entitled, and encouraged, to take a pain medication to lessen the pain, however, this practice has left many to become addicted to painkillers, and as a result, turn to a different kind of opiate when their doctor will no longer prescribe him or her the pain medication. 

 

"Maine doctors are dispensing these long-term opioids at more than twice the national average, according to the most recent statistics available. Doctors in Maine wrote 21.8 long-acting/extended-release opioid prescriptions for every 100 persons, compared to the national average of 10.3 prescriptions."- Joe Lawlor of the Portland Press Herald

 

This is a health epidemic among all demographics. Addiction doesn't hit just one type of person, and this is especially true of opioids. If you or a loved one has been effected by an opioid addiction, please give us a call now (207) 772-1411. Painkillers are not the answer to chronic pain management. 

 

Read the full Portland Press Herald article here.