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


[1] 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. Accessed May 13, 2016.
[2] 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.