Per research more than 1.5 billion people worldwide suffer from chronic pain which is nearly 5% of the world population. In the United States there are 100 Million people who suffer from chronic pain. That is more than diabetes, coronary heart disease, stroke and cancer combined. The most common types of pain are lower back pain, severe headache or migraine pain, neck pain, and facial ache or pain.
What does this mean for people using prescription drugs or opioids to help with the pain?
In 2014 there were nearly 19,000 overdose deaths in the United States. Per the American Society of Addiction Medicine. This affects both adults and children. In fact, a new study shows that between 1997 and 2012 there was an increase of children hospitalized for opioid poisoning. The number increased 165 percent.
- 1 in 8 the rate of Americans driving on a weekend night testing positive for an illicit drug. (Source: NHTSA)
- 60%- the percentage of the United States population living in an area served by an ONDCP-funded HIDTA program. (Source: ONDCP)
- Every four minutes someone in America is sent to treatment instead of prison through drug courts. (Source: ONDCP)
- 1/3 = Amount by which the rate of current drug use in America has decreased since the late 1970’s. (Source: SAMHSA
- $6,120 per second- estimated cost of drug use to the United States society in lost productivity, health care costs, etc. (Source: NDIC)
- 10% – The percentage of American 8th graders reporting using an illicit drug in the past month. (Source: Monitoring the Future)
- 193 Billion- Estimated cost of drug use to the United States society in lost productivity, health care and criminal costs in 2007. (Source: NDIC)
- Nearly half a million-people died from drug overdose from 2000-2014. (Source: CDC)
Whether you suffer from acute or chronic pain, whether your pain is the result of an injury, disease, or unknown in origin, Javery Pain Institute can help. We take the time to listen to your experience and history and then develop a customized, multimodal treatment plan to help. See our Treatment options for more information. Listen to Dr. Javery talk about the opioid epidemic in the United States and share his solutions to combat it. http://wgvunews.org/post/local-doctors-opioid-epidemic
More Sources: Institute of Medicine of The National Academies, American Diabetes Association, American Heart Association, National Institute of Health Statistics and American Cancer Society.
CDC – https://search.cdc.gov/search?query=opioids&utf8=%E2%9C%93&affiliate=cdc-main
Institute of Medicine of The National Academies – http://www.nationalacademies.org/hmd/
National Institute of Health Statistics – https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/National_Institutes_of_Health