The opioid epidemic in the United States is far worse than most people realize, and it\u2019s resulting in many overdoses. Recently, each year, more and more people are dying from overdoses from prescription opioids. With over 10,000 people dying from these medications and even more surviving overdoses, it\u2019s become a crisis. The Surgeon General of the United States is now saying that this epidemic is worse than cancer.\r\nHow the Opioid Epidemic Began\r\nIn the early 2000s, many pharmaceutical companies used questionable marketing strategies for opioid pain medications. The marketing for medications like OxyContin declared these are life-changing medications with the perk of being non-addictive. Early patients using the medications couldn\u2019t help but sing the praises of these medications for the initial months. It didn\u2019t take long for everyday men and women to spiral out of control from opioid abuse and then addiction.\r\n\r\nMany lawsuits came to pharmaceutical companies for saying that these medications were non-addictive. Although the labels on the medications state they can be potentially addictive, many physicians still prescribe them. The United States prescribes over 80 percent of the entire world\u2019s opioid supply, so the labeling hasn\u2019t helped. Many people still don\u2019t know that some of the medications they receive can turn into an addiction issue.\r\n\r\nPrescription opioids can include:\r\n\r\n \tCodeine\r\n \tFentanyl\r\n \tHydrocodone\r\n \tDemerol\r\n \tDilaudid\r\n\r\nWho the Opioid Epidemic Affects\r\nPrescription pain medications treat long-term chronic pain, and minor injuries too. Many people with minor to moderate pain receive these potentially addictive medications. No matter what the reason for the prescription, the person taking these pain medications is at risk of becoming addicted. Those who are on a pain management program with these medications have a very high chance of addiction.\r\n\r\nIt's also important to realize that many people who are simply looking to get high will seek out these medications. Many people who don\u2019t have a prescription will buy these medications illegally from drug dealers or friends. When a person becomes dependent on these medications, it\u2019s common to steal them from loved ones. People who suffer with prescription pill abuse to these medications may also lie about pain symptoms to receive additional prescriptions, as well.\r\nOvercoming the Opioid Epidemic\r\nIf you\u2019re struggling with an opioid addiction, Beaches Recovery can help you begin a new life. Whether you have chronic pain or simply developed an addiction to the medications for other reasons, we can help. We have an addiction treatment program that helps you begin to understand how addiction works and how it happens. Through being able to find the root of your addiction, you become empowered to overcome it.\r\n\r\nOur facility is fully accredited by JCAHO, and we work with insurance companies like BCBS and Aetna. We provide multiple levels of care from residential drug rehab, to an Intensive Outpatient Program (IOP) as well as sober living. We want to help you and your loved ones heal from addiction, so we also have a family program. Find out more about our facility today by calling <a href='tel:8666050532'>866.605.0532</a>.