One Percent of Doctors Responsible for 25 Percent of Opiate Prescriptions – A Look at Overprescribing
Sometimes we want to blame the medical community for the opiate epidemic our nation is now stuck in. But as it turns out, the vast majority of doctors have nothing to do with the overprescribing of addictive pain meds. In fact, only a small percentage of doctors are contributing to this serious problem.
Every year it seems, there is a new drug on the scene or a new strain of a drug that is even worse than the last one. Case in point, reports are coming in from the Southeast about a new type of methamphetamine that is so potent it’s killing users. They’re calling it Meth 2.0.
When it comes to addiction in 21st-century America, almost all of our attention is focused intently on opioids. But what about the country’s other drug problems? In fact, what about our addiction to pharmaceutical benzodiazepines, a prescription drug class which is just addictive and potentially lethal as opioids?