As a former emergency medicine physician, I’ve seen my share of patients suffering due to opioid addiction and overdoses. After all, more than 1,000 people per day are treated in emergency departments for misusing prescription opioids, according to the federal Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Americans can’t keep using opioids, such as oxycodone, morphine, and hydromorphone, the way we have been, because they are highly habit forming and deadly. In 2014, the CDC reported that almost 2 million Americans abused or were dependent on prescription opioids. From 1999 to 2014, more than 165,000 people died in the U.S. from overdoses related to prescription opioids.
Read Dr. Kingsley’s full op-ed here.