The opioid epidemic is an issue that is ravaging communities all around the country. Unfortunately, since some types of opioids are legal and are used to help patients cope with pain, it is relatively easy for those who want to misuse opioids to get their hands on the drugs. In fact, opioids in the form of prescription drugs are most commonly obtained by simply raiding the family medicine cabinet or robbing local pharmacies. In some cases, they are also obtained through fraudulent prescriptions. So, what is being done about the opioid epidemic and how can you help?
The good news is that the government is working to address the opioid epidemic at all levels. This includes public servants, law enforcement personnel and public health officials, all of which have partnered with treatment professionals, educators and non-profit organizations to help bring awareness to the problem and develop strategies and solutions. Some of these strategies include providing targeted and proactive drug law enforcement, creating preventive programs, developing education campaigns and implementing a variety of intervention and treatment options.
You can also help with the epidemic by ensuring your prescription medications are properly locked up and out of reach of those who may misuse them. In addition, if you or a loved one is suffering from an opioid addiction, seek treatment immediately. At Advanced Spine & Rehab, we take a holistic approach to treatment that utilizes suboxone as a replacement for the opioid. Contact us today to learn more about our suboxone treatment program.