House Calls

WIN 2018

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8 { winter 2018 } h o u s e c a l l s the buzz Prescription painkillers include oxycodone (OxyContin ® ), hydrocodone (Vicodin ® ), Percocet ® (a mix of oxycodone and acetaminophen), morphine, and more. Every day, 205 people use painkillers for the first time, totaling 75,000 annually . – A D D I C T I O N B L O G . O R G Roughly 80% of people who use heroin first misused prescription opioids. – N A T I O N A L I N S T I T U T E O N D R U G A B U S E DRUG OVERDOSE IS THE LEADING CAUSE OF ACCIDENTAL DEATH IN THE U.S. IN 2016, IT KILLED ROUGHLY 64,000 PEOPLE—UP 22 PERCENT FROM 52,404 DEATHS IN 2015. (FOR COMPARISON, CAR ACCIDENTS KILLED 37,000 AMERICANS IN 2016.) - T H E N E W Y O R K T I M E S Opioids—a class of drug that act on the body's nervous system to block pain—include prescription painkillers, the illegal drug heroin, and synthetic opioids like fentanyl. Though painkillers can be used in a medical setting to help relieve acute pain and treat chronic conditions like cancer, misuse of the drugs over the last three decades has led to a massive epidemic of drug addiction, overdose, and death. THE OPIOID EPIDEMIC In 2015, 63% OF DRUG OVERDOSES INVOLVED OPIOIDS. (Heroin overdoses caused 12,990 deaths while prescription pain relievers caused 20,101.) – A M E R I C A N S O C I E T Y O F A D D I C T I O N NINETY ONE AMERICANS DIE EVERYDAY FROM OPIOID OVERDOSE. – C D C In 2016, 65 PEOPLE DIED FROM OPIOID DRUG OVERDOSE IN CHARLESTON COUNTY, a statistic second only to Horry County (in which 101 people died). - S O U T H C A R O L I N A D E P A R T M E N T O F H E A L T H A N D E N V I R O N M E N T A L C O N T R O L BETWEEN 2000 AND 2015, DEATHS FROM DRUG OVERDOSE MORE THAN DOUBLED ; DEATHS FROM OPIOID OVERDOSE SPECIFICALLY MORE THAN TRIPLED. - CDC To help combat the opioid epidemic, take opioids only as prescribed , use them as sparingly as possible, and take extra medication to a certified disposal unit at a local pharmacy or police station. - A M E R I C A N A C A D E M Y O F O R T H O P A E D I C S U R G E O N S

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