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Doctors Get Paid to Prescribe More Opioids

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  • Opioid addiction has been identified as a significant factor in unemployment among men, and opioid overdoses are now the leading cause of death among Americans under the age of 50
  • According to the CDC, more than 42,000 Americans died from opioid overdoses in 2016 — a 28 percent jump in opioid deaths from the year before
  • Recent research suggests opioid overdose deaths are being undercounted by 20 to 35 percent, due to drug omissions on death certificates. A more accurate tally would probably put the opioid-related death toll closer to 50,000 for 2016
  • Despite widespread discussion about the dangers of opioids and updated treatment guidelines for back pain that stress nondrug interventions over pain killers, doctors are still overprescribing these drugs
  • One of the reasons for this appears to be financial. According to a recent analysis, more than 200,000 doctors prescribed opioids to Medicare patients in 2014 and 2015 and received payments from the drug makers

By Dr. Mercola

Opioid addiction is at an all-time high in the U.S. — so much so, it's been identified as a significant factor in unemployment among men, and opioid overdoses are now the leading cause of death among Americans under the age of 50. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), of the more than 63,600 Americans who died from drug overdoses in 2016, more than 42,000 were related specifically to opioids — a 28 percent jump in opioid deaths from the year before.


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