A Quarter of Narcotic Users Misuse the Medication

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A Quarter of Narcotic Users Misuse the Medication

Prescription narcotics use and misuse has been rising at an alarming rate. New research shows that one in four patients with prescriptions for narcotics are misusing the medication while one in ten will become addicted to the medication.

This data comes from a research team from the University of New Mexico who analyzed 38 previous studies done on the use of opioid painkillers.  While analyzing these studies, they found the misuse rate to be between 21 and 29 percent and the addiction rate between 8 and 12 percent.

This once again raises the need of having a narcotic medication that is not addictive and cannot be altered. The FDA is already encouraging pharmaceutical companies  to create a non-addictive painkiller, but none are available for sale yet. Once one is created and on the market, addiction rates may significantly decrease.

If you or someone you know is addicted to narcotics, Seabrook can help. Call us today for a confidential screening. 800.761.7575