A new study shows that 9 out of 10 patients who have suffered an overdose on prescription opioid painkillers have been given further opioid prescriptions after an overdose. 70% of these overdose cases, mostly from ignorance on the part of the physicians, have resulted in the same physician being responsible for prescribing before and after the overdose.\r\n\r\nAlthough prescription opioids do help with chronic pain, they are prescribed too often, according to a recently published study, The Annals of Internal Medicine. The study suggests that the inadequate efforts to address underlying pain in patients is the catalyst for the overprescribing\/overdosing problem we\u2019re seeing. \r\n\r\nInstead of addressing the root cause of the pain problem, doctors are continually pumping out more painkillers. A colossal 91% of those who have suffered a nonfatal opioid overdose have later been prescribed more opioids and those who have continued to take their prescription painkillers following an overdose, increased their odds by two of having another opioid overdose within a two-year timespan.\r\n\r\nThe Center for Disease Control and Prevention has recently published an article saying opioid-induced overdoses have reached an unprecedented level, with an increase in 200% and a half a million dead since the year 2000. \r\nAddiction Treatment Options for Prescription Opioid Painkillers\r\nPeople often think that taking prescription opioid painkillers is the best way to manage and treat pain. However, there are plenty of non-addictive, over-the-counter medicines that can be just as effective as prescription painkillers. Naproxen or ibuprofen are good examples.\r\n\r\nIf you or someone you love is struggling with a prescription opioid painkiller problem, now is the time to get the appropriate help. The most effective treatment programs for prescription opioids take into account what possesses people to abuse prescription drugs and how to resolve these issues.\r\n\r\nWe offer leading-edge addiction treatment that\u2019s tailored to your unique needs. Call us today to get a free health insurance benefit assessment from our admissions counselor. Don\u2019t live in the clutches of addiction any longer... break free.