The Market for Pain Relief

Opioids

Overdose deaths

ER Costs

Source: The New York Times.

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  1. Sounders says:

    Those exponential increases are quite alarming, IMO.

  2. Buster says:

    Opioid prescriptions are up one-third yet the sales are more than double. That suggests the increase in prescriptions are for addicts or aging Baby Bookers on long term pain management (or both).

  3. Samuel says:

    The reason this is troubling is because it helps pharmaceuticals profit quite nicely while it grows a dependency on painkillers to the average patient. Painkillers are being prescribed unnecessarily now.

    • Tommy says:

      True. Our society is becoming such an addictive one that it makes it so easy for others to profit and perpetuate unhealthy and dangerous behavior.

  4. Tim says:

    Sad illustration of where our society and culture is heading in terms of addiction and health.

  5. Randall says:

    It is just too easy to get these things over the counter and abuse them. Many never get of them and some would say that they are worse than some of the hardest illegal drugs out there.