Opioids are one of the most common medically prescribed drugs in the world, with over 168 million opioid prescriptions written in the U.S. in 2017. Opioids, including medical pain pills and street drugs like heroin, are abused by an estimated 10.3 million people in the United States, resulting in over 130 deaths each day. The National Survey on Drug Use and Heath shows that 2 million people struggle with opioid use disorders, also known as opioid addictions, resulting in 47,600 deaths in 2018. Today, the World Health Organization recommends opioid prescriptions be kept under 5 days, but, historically, patients have been sent home with months of prescription pain killers and only limited risk management.
If you or a loved one is struggling with opioid abuse or addiction, there is the Gooden Center is here to help. Opioid addictions are rooted in chemical dependencies, behavioral addictions, and often in self-medication and pain management.