Prescription Pain Pills May Not Always Be the Answer

Long-term use of opioids may not be the best prescription for patients.

According to a recent article, information provided by the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) claims that while short-term pain relief provided by prescription medications may be okay, if a person uses pills long-term the effects are not as great.

In fact, some research says that they actually may be causing more harm than good.

The use of prescription drugs has steadily increased over the last 20 years. There are also increased problems associated with the use of these types of medications. Dependency and overdose cases have grown as a result of more and more people using these drugs.

Physicians have prescribed pain pills for the obvious reason, to eliminate or cut down on the amount of suffering a person would have to undergo. Some officials believe that they have been prescribing pain meds too often and that there should be other options to treat individuals with chronic pain.

The problem has developed into an epidemic and while prescription drugs are not illegal, they’re being treated like such based on the high that people get from taking them for reasons that they have not be directed by a doctor. Having pills so available leads to people without a proper prescription being able to get their hands on them to abuse them.

These situations are what cause problems for those who really need these drugs. Some officials believe this could create a greater problem for those patients who are in desperate need of some sort of pain relief.

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