What role have pharmacies played in the opioid epidemic? How have they contributed to it? How have they worked against it?
While medical technology is at its most advanced point in history, an adverse effect of medical advancements has been a tendency to attempt to “medicate away” every problem that patients have. That is a flawed approach, as one cannot turn to a pill to solve every medical problem. And in the case of physical pain, medicating this health problem often has devastating side effects.
How can you determine if someone is addicted to opioids? The signs of opioid abuse may be hard to see, especially in someone you care about. This is a question that has long been asked and unfortunately, sometimes the answer comes too late.
Every year it seems, we hear a new story and some new information about a pharmaceutical drug or a series of drugs that we once thought were safe, now being newly exposed as being very not safe. Prescription drugs and their use is becoming more controversial, and one can see why.
When we think of prescription drug addiction, we usually think of the lives lost, the families permanently damaged, and the communities devastated. We think of the effect drug use has on the workforce, on the local economy, on the local church, and the nearby schools.