Important Information on Opioid Abuse
“Opioid” is a term for drugs that bind to opioid receptors in the body and include everything from heroin and fentanyl to common prescription medications such as oxycodone, codeine, morphine, and more. Because opioids cover everything from illegal substances to drugs provided by doctors, it’s essential to understand them and the power they have over your body.
Regular use of opioids, even if prescribed by a doctor is hazardous and can lead to dependence. Ramos Center understands the implications of said medications and works vigilantly towards alternative means of treatments for its patients as misuse of prescription opioids is a considerable part of the epidemic that Florida is facing.
Misuse of prescriptions, such as:
- Taking too many pills at once
- Sharing medicine with others
- Thieves stealing prescribed meds
- Taking higher doses than recommended
All increase the risk of addiction, overdose, and even death. In fact, the likelihood of using opioid painkillers for extended periods of time increases after just five days of use.
Truth reports that In 2016 more than 42,249 people died from an opioid overdose in the United States- that is more than 115 individuals a day.
Here are some facts to consider:
- Between 1994-2007, the prescribing rates for opioids among young adults doubled.
- The Opioid epidemic cost Americans more than $500 billion.
- Opioid-related deaths increased 5X from 1999-2016.
- A dependence on prescription drugs can develop in as little as five days.
- At least 80% of heroin users started with prescribed painkillers.
- Americans account for 78% of the world’s use of Oxycodone prescriptions.
And the list continues.
On July 1st, the state of Florida enacted the HB 21 bill to help fight Florida’s opioid crisis and Ramos Center’s very own Dr. Ramos, has since become a local expert on the law. As an active lobbyist for over a decade to combat this growing crisis, Ramos Center follows a “last resort” mentality for opioid initiation, keeping them at an industry-low number of patients who are prescribed opioids.
“As you have heard from me in the past, I am proud of the fact that the Ramos Center is one of the largest and most effective Pain Medicine practices within the state of Florida over the past 19 years… Because we hold ourselves to higher standards of patient responsibility, we have earned a spot as one of the most referred to practices in the state.” says Dr. Ramos.
If you are experiencing chronic pain and are seeking alternatives methods of treatment, Ramos Center is perfect for you.