An Inconvenient Footnote in the Opioid Crisis — Pain News Network – August 17, 2017 By Roger Chriss, Columnist
The evidence clearly shows that the opioid crisis is being driven primarily by illegal drugs.Time magazine reports that in a large national survey, 60% of those who reported misusing opioid medication did so without a prescription.
“About 40% of these people accessed opioids free from friends or relatives. Among people who developed addiction or other abuse disorders, 14% said they bought them from drug dealers or strangers,” Time said.
Moreover, people who are addicted to heroin rarely get their start with opioids prescribed for a valid medical condition.
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