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Mayo Clinic Minute: The face of prescription opioid addiction

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According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, addiction to prescription opioid painkillers is real. Of the 21.5 million Americans 12 or older who had a substance use disorder in 2014, 1.9 million had a substance use disorder involving prescription pain pills.

Addicts aren’t just the stereotypical shady figures hiding in dark alleys to get a fix. They are average people turning to health care providers for medication that is highly addictive. Mayo Clinic experts agree that an opioid epidemic exists in the U.S.

In this Mayo Clinic Minute, reporter Vivien Williams talks to pain medicine specialist Dr. Mike Hooten about the changing face of addiction.

More health and medical news on the Mayo Clinic News Network http://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/
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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the number of overdose deaths from opioid pain medication has quadrupled over the past 15 years. Some common medications involved in the overdoses include oxycodone, hydrocodone and morphine. Mayo Clinic pain medication expert Dr. Mike Hooten says there is an opioid crisis in the U.S.

In this Mayo Clinic Minute, reporter Vivien Williams discusses the opioid crisis with Dr. Hooten.

More health and medical news on the Mayo Clinic News Network http://newsnetwork.mayoclinic.org/

6 thoughts on “Mayo Clinic Minute: The face of prescription opioid addiction

  1. robtempe

    The face of an opiod user is the face of a FOX News viewer. Stop watching their propaganda and nonsense meant to stir you up and watch your pain and anxiety go away.

  2. castello west

    get out of the pharmafias bed

  3. Kaz Kaz

    The UK 🇬🇧 as well……….

  4. Liz Johnson

    Whenever anyone says opioid crisis they are referring to heroin. The majority of people on legal prescription opioids do not overdose by hundreds of year it is the people using heroin mixing it with fentanyl which you can buy legally from China. I am a chronic pain sufferer and I was cut off of my pain medication six months ago after being on them for 10 years with no problems because there was no acetaminophen in my medication. Acetaminophen is a poison and heroin is a stepping stone to death for most people. Not prescribed pills!

  5. Serra Mesa Bill

    In the mean time police are stopping people who travel because Police suspect its a possibility they might use drugs, and then shoot and kill the unarmed innocent Americans because police suspect a possibility the might have a weapon or a stick.
    Of course this is justified because Police have a right to be scared of performing the duties to protect the interest of government.

  6. Pyrrhus Epirus

    Pot helps reduce pain and it is not addictive. Oh, wait. That's a natural substance. No money in it for big pharma. 🙁

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