You may have noticed that every time you hear a news story it mentions the opioid crisis in America. So what is the opioid crisis and why is it such a big deal?
The opioid crisis (also referred to as the opioid epidemic) began in the late 1990’s after the pharmaceutical companies that produce prescription pain medications promised the public that there was not an increased risk of becoming addicted to their medication. After hearing this news, medical providers felt comfortable prescribing them for their patients. Flash forward to the year 2017, nearly 20 years after the increased prescriptions of opioids began to occur, and pain medications have caused a public health emergency due to their highly addictive nature and their inappropriate use.