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Car Accidents Spike With Opioid Use

The misuse and addiction of prescription drugs has been dubbed one of the largest public health crises to date, and is ongoing and rampant in America. Much talk is centered on fatal opioid overdoses; however, it was recently discovered that overdoses are not the only cause of fatality for users. Columbia University conducted a study that linked the increasing number of fatal car accidents to opioid usage.

Not surprisingly, research shows that 100 million people took some type of prescription drug in 2015. Oftentimes, narcotic medicine is prescribed to pain patients to correct a symptom, but it does not treat the underlying cause. By the time the underlying cause is identified, the pain turns from acute to chronic, requiring long-term drug use and ongoing care. Sadly, many of these patients unknowingly become addicts.

Opiate Addiction Starts Quickly

People can become addicted to narcotics after merely three days of use, which is why the prescription drug crisis is considered an epidemic. It is essential that pain patients seek medical attention immediately. Being treated quickly increases the likelihood of being cured without long-term opiate usage required. Unfortunately, doctors are overprescribing narcotics because knowledge is limited on alternative treatments.

Columbia University chose 37,000 people to study for their accident data, and found three percent of them tested positive for narcotics. When reviewed more closely, scientists discovered a five to seven percent uptick over a 10-year period, which was particularly concerning. Between 1995 and 2015, the number of male crash victims linked to opioid use increased from one to five percent. Similarly, the crash rate for women with narcotics in their system rose from one to seven percent over the same time frame.

Much like alcohol, prescription narcotics can slow a driver’s response time. They can induce drowsiness and impair both motor and thinking skills. Bottle warning labels often advise users against operating machinery while taking the medication. Doctors and pharmacists need to be diligent in reminding their patients that these drugs have significantly increased crash rates in recent years.

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