About 30 years ago, the medical community shifted how they thought pain should be addressed. "Pain is a 5th vital sign" became a rallying cry, and new medications were created to block pain… at all costs. It’s past time we take a stand against opioids.
While much of the information about how the opioid epidemic is shocking, it's important to understand how we got here. Here is the truth behind opioids that Long Island needs to know.
There is no question that opioids are powerful pain killers. The problem is... they are also highly addictive and don't actually fix the cause of your pain. Here is how Long Island can start to find relief without opioids.
It's estimated that over 200 million opioid prescriptions are written each year. This use and abuse have led to an epidemic that's been fueled by chronic pain. So, why are opioids so dangerous?