Nearly 80 percent of Americans using heroin (including those in treatment) reported misusing prescription pain meds first.
“About 1 in 5 U.S. patients get painkillers from their doctor”
Prescribing rates are highest among pain medicine (49%), surgery (37%), and physical medicine/rehabilitation (36%), according to the CDC website. However, primary care providers account for about half of opioid pain relievers dispensed. Source: Center for Disease Control
The Ripple Effect of Pain Meds
Patient, patient’s family, impaired driving, employers, schools, law enforcement, society, etc:
- Kill People
- Impair Driving…which can kill more people
- Cause People to be arrested
- Disrupt & Destroy Families
- Cause People to Lose Jobs
- Increases Risk of Crime
 Muhuri PK, Gfroerer JC, Davies MC. Associations of Nonmedical Pain Reliever Use and Initiation of Heroin Use in the United States. Rockville, MD: Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration; 2013. http://archive.samhsa.gov/data/2k13/DataReview/DR006/nonmedical-pain-reliever-use-2013.pdf. Accessed May 13, 2016.
 Jones CM. Heroin use and heroin use risk behaviors among nonmedical users of prescription opioid pain relievers - United States, 2002-2004 and 2008-2010. Drug Alcohol Depend. 2013;132(1-2):95-100. doi:10.1016/j.drugalcdep.2013.01.007.