Are you 1 in 10 Americans Using Prescription Painkillers?

June 26, 2020 Laura Fristoe

Are you 1 in 10 Americans Using Prescription Painkillers?

Americans continue to look to the medicine cabinet for pain relief, with 1 in 10 using some type of prescription painkiller, a new U.S. government report says.
Interestingly, the data shows the use of prescription opioid painkillers leveled off from 2015 to 2018, while prescriptions for non-opioid pain medications rose, according to the report from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.

Between 2015 and 2018, nearly 11% of American adults aged 20 and over used at least one prescription opioid like oxycodone or a non-opioid like Celebrex, investigators found.

Breaking that down, they found that nearly 6% of American adults used one or more prescription opioid painkillers, while 5% used a non-opioid prescription pain medication to quell their aches and pains.

“When taking into account that 21% to 29% of patients prescribed opioids for chronic pain may misuse them, and 8% to 12% of these patients may develop opioid use disorder, the survey data showing greater than 1 of 20 U.S. adults using opioids for pain continues to be problematic,” said Dr. Yili Huang, director of the Pain Management Center at Northwell Health Phelps Hospital in Sleepy Hollow, N.Y.

IMAC’s Solution for Chronic Pain

At IMAC Regeneration Centers, we know this new data stresses a need for medical treatments that treat the root cause of pain so that pain management medications, like opioids, are not needed. Regenerative Medicine is a solution for safe and effective chronic pain care.

As the population ages, it is easy to anticipate a greater need for pain control. IMAC recognizes this need and has developed specialized regenerative medicine protocols for common pain complaints, including back pain — which is the number one reason Americans visit their doctor.

IMAC’s multi-disciplinary approach does not involve opioids or any kind of pain medication. Regenerative cell therapy, platelet rich plasma, physical and occupational therapy, and chiropractic care are used to treat the body from a holistic viewpoint.

To see if you are a candidate for cutting-edge regenerative medicine treatments at an IMAC clinic near you, click here to schedule a phone consultation with an IMAC doctor.

The CDC report was released June 24 in an NCHS Data Brief. Adapted from WebMD article, written by Steven Reinberg.