Young People Discussing Impact of Opioid Epidemic

Why Is the Opioid Epidemic Still Important?

The opioid epidemic began in the late 1990s when pharmaceutical companies stated the addiction risk for prescription pain medications like oxycodone and Vicodin was low. Based on this assertion, medical professionals prescribed opioids for pain relief to more and more patients. However, opioids proved highly addictive, leading to a profound level of prescription and non-prescription…