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Drug Addiction, Facts About Addiction, Substance Abuse  |  August 17, 2016

We write often about the toxic relationship between big drug companies and physicians in America.  The current opioid addiction - public health crisis can be traced directly to that relationship.

But are there other factors contributing to the problem?

It appears there are…

A part of the Affordable Care Act, namely performance scores from patient satisfaction surveys (including questions on how well a patient’s pain is controlled), are used to determine a portion of a hospital’s reimbursement from the Centers for Medicare and Medicaid Services (CMS).

Perhaps as a result – 91 percent of

all

surgeons questioned in a recent national survey admit to feeling pressure to overprescribe opioid drugs following even routine surgeries.

In turn, the same research study suggests that one-in-ten patients admit they became addicted or dependent to these drugs after having been prescribed them following surgery.

And just how many surgical cases are there in the U.S. annually?

70 million…

That means as many as 7 million people each year get hooked on these drugs as a result of a surgical procedure.

What’s more, some age groups are more susceptible to addiction following surgery – including those 18-29 years of age.  For unknown reasons, this group has a 50% greater likelihood of post-surgery addiction than the general population.

Can anything be done to address the problem?

Yes.

For one thing, the Affordable Care Act should be changed to reduce the “inducement” to prescribe these drugs.

The big drug companies also need to stop recklessly pushing these drugs into the marketplace.

And finally – surgeons need to talk to

every single

patient they see about the risks associated with opioids, counseling them about alternative pain management options - all of which carry none of the dangerous addictive and toxic risks posed by these drugs.

If you or someone you know has become addicted to drugs and or alcohol, we can help.  Aware Recovery Care’s rehab model provides private, personalized care for people throughout Connecticut seeking individualized drug and/or alcohol addiction rehab treatment while living in their own homes. For those currently receiving inpatient care, Aware Recovery Care also provides a seamless home-transition.

And our patients recover at rates 350% above the national average.

There is a way to get better – to recover your life.  Call us at Aware Recovery Care of Connecticut.  We can help you.  www.awarerecoverycare.com.