“US Opioid Epidemic Fueled by Prescribing Practices”


Medscape Psychiatry reports that the “man-made epidemic” of opioid abuse in the United States is the result of over-prescription and poor research.  Doctor Gary Franklin, vice president of Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing, has done research which indicates that opioids are being overused for conditions that they are not intended to treat.  “Not only is there no evidence to support their use in these conditions, there is quite a bit of evidence against doing so, and these are probably the most routine patients we have who are on chronic opioids and who have become dependent and addicted to them in our country.”

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  1. I have a suggestion, perhaps rather than calling the synthetic opioids names like Ultram, instead of being honest and calling it opium, our society might reduce the number of people who end up unintentionally addicted due to the medical community’s “over-prescription and poor research” problems.

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    • I think that should also apply to “ADHD” drugs (amphetamines) and in fact all drugs. If we were real about prescribing medicines to treat illness and doing so only when necessary then we should not need brand names at all.
      Amphetamine instead of Concerta (or whichever type of stimulant this one is) could do wonders.

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  2. Ultram is not a true ‘opioid’ in spite of what Wikipedia says. Percocet or Morphine would have better illustrated your point. At this point, however, names like morphine or percocet are well known as being extremely addictive. In fact there are big red warning labels on bottles given from pharmacies warning as much. Your suggestion,,, too little, too late.

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