The Opioid Crisis Continues

By Western Berks on June 1st, 2018

 

In March, President Trump signed a 2018 budget bill that includes more than $3 billion for opioid efforts. The plan allocates $500 million in grant funding for research on opioid addiction, development of opioid alternatives, pain management, and addiction treatment; $20 million for telemedicine and distance learning in rural areas to help address opioids; and $1 billion among states and American Indian tribes.

 

This is just one recent development related to the nation’s opioid crisis. Our friends at MoveForwardPT put together a summary of other opioid-related news that is just too important to overlook. Each bold headline is a clickable link that will take you right to the source for more information on the topic!

 

Opioid Painkiller Is Top Prescription in 10 States 
Hydrocodone/acetaminophen (brand name Norco or Vicodin) is 1 of the most commonly filled prescriptions in the United States, according to an analysis by GoodRx, an online prescription cost service.

 

Americans Take More Pain Pills—but not Because They’re in More Pain 
Despite levels of chronic pain similar to Italy and France, researchers say Americans consume 6 to 8 times as many opioid painkillers per capita.

 

The Opioid Crisis Is Surging In Black, Urban Communities 
Because African Americans have “historically been less likely” to be prescribed pain medication, it probably protected them from the initial wave of opioid addiction that hit white suburban and rural areas, says a DC physician who treats patients with opioid use disorder. But with the introduction of fentanyl, opioid overdose deaths among black individuals in urban counties are increasing at a faster rate than in suburban and rural areas.

 

ER Visits for Opioid Overdose Up 30%, CDC Study Finds 
Increases were highest in the Midwest and lowest in the Southeast. The largest state-level increases were in Wisconsin, Delaware, and Pennsylvania, while Kentucky saw a slight decrease.

 

No one should live in pain and no one should put their health at risk in an effort to be pain free. Physical Therapy is a wonderful alternative to opioids in order to manage pain effectively. Choose physical therapy to manage your pain without the risks and side effects of opioids.

 

Source: http://www.apta.org/PTinMotion/News/2018/03/28/OpioidRoundupMarch2018/