Dr. Surasky provided opinion for Health Blogger HEALTH'Sass on promising new anti addiction drug. The US is in an addiction tsunami. According to the Centers for Disease Control, the number of fatal overdoses reached a new high of over 47,000 in 2014. That's 125 people a day.
Prescription opiods reduce pain and suffering and some people need them to survive and function. But--says Russell Surasky, MD, with the Surasky Neurological Center for Addiction--this class of drugs has a great potential for misuse.
Potential? They are being misused everyplace! (Including by a member of my family and don't even GET me started on the destruction they wreak on a family.)
Surasky says people see addiction as a moral failing--a matter of willpower. However, drugs change the brain in ways that make it difficult to resist the urge to keep taking the drugs and more and more of them at that.
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