While prescription drug abuse has risen drastically over the last decade, there seems to be a solution developing at the pharmaceutical company, Cara Therapeutics: a non-addictive painkiller. The company recently unveiled a new prescription opioid drug that is supposedly far less likely to create a high feeling in those taking the drug.

This may be good news for many individuals, but is the drug really going to be better or stop prescription painkiller abuse? That is really the question that we want answered. As a drug treatment facility, we have experienced an influx of patients suffering from an addiction to prescription painkillers over the last decade. With that said, our facility among many other facilities would like to see the number decrease to help stop drug addiction in its tracks.

Is not providing addictive painkillers going to stop drug abuse though?

While many individuals have become addicted to prescription painkillers, the laws over recent years have become stricter, thus making painkillers harder to obtain. Even these lawsPrescription Painkiller passed by various government officials have not completely stopped the abuse of painkillers. According to the SAMSHA 2012 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, there are still over one million people abusing painkillers in the United States. This number is a steep decrease from previous years, along with other drugs such as meth, cocaine and crack steeply falling in the number of abusers as well.

Freedom Treatment Center is happy that many people have either sought help or are no longer abusing these drugs, whether prescription or illicit, there are thousands more people off the drugs. This leaves us wondering though, what are the addicts going to do when the painkillers no longer produce the high they are looking for? Well apparently, the statistics already show that addicts are finding a more dangerous drug to obtain the same high as painkillers, which is heroin.

Addicts are going from painkillers to heroin?

In the most recent study done by SAMSHA, heroin abuse jumped from 200,000 users to over 400,000 users over the last three years. There are many states within the United States that are seeing the increase in heroin related arrests and treatment admissions as well. The spike in heroin abuse happened as painkillers became harder to come by, so it appears that addicts are discovering that heroin is easier to find, cheaper and produces the same high feeling. This is not surprising to hear but is cause for concern on how the government is going to now have a heroin epidemic on their hands instead of prescription painkillers being the major concern.

You can read more about how specific towns are experiencing heroin epidemics already by visiting the following links:

Will the non-addictive painkillers really help stop drug abuse?

The answer to this seems pretty apparent. While the non-addictive painkillers will help those that truly need the medications and do not abuse them, they will ultimately lead the abusers to find an alternative way to get high: heroin. Although the development of a non-addictive painkiller will help many, it does not appear to be helping the addicts find recovery.

Freedom Treatment Center understands that this is cause for concern for many dealing with a loved one addicted to prescription painkillers because now their loved ones will be finding a more dangerous alternative that could potentially be laced with deadly additives. Stopping the addicts from finding drugs will be an ongoing fight for humanity and freedom from the grips of addiction, which Freedom Treatment Center is ready to take on one addict at a time through our comprehensive drug treatment program.


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