Prescription Drug Overdose
Rising Statistics & Frightening Facts
Almost 15,000 deaths occurred in the US in 2008 due to prescription painkiller overdose. Half a million ER visits in 2009 were a result of prescription painkiller misuse. Almost 12 million Americans admitted to non-medical use of painkillers in 2010.
The numbers are frightening as is the reality of this rising epidemic of prescription painkiller abuse. Even more frightening is the fact that Florida is one of the most affected states with one of the highest death rates from painkiller abuse in the country.
Counterfeit proof prescription pads, drug monitoring databases, penalties for overprescribing, physician blacklists… all of these measures and more have been put into motion in an effort to stop this alarming progression of painkiller abuse in several states, including Florida.
For those suffering with chronic back and neck pain, masking painful symptoms with prescription medication is quickly becoming more and more difficult; but there is a silver lining. Many are not aware of the fact that there are other options to relief from back and neck pain that don’t involved heavy narcotic medication.
Dr. Ara Deukmedjian, MD, is an advocate of getting to the root of the pain and fixing it rather than using medication as cover up. Dr. Deukmedjian’s minimally invasive approach to treating conditions such as herniated discs, degenerative disc disease, spinal stenosis, sciatica, and other common causes of back and neck pain involves using an endoscope and a laser through only a ¼ inch incision to repair the “pain generators” of damaged portions of the spinal disc. The disc is then able to heal itself naturally and without the necessity of pain medication. The procedure is called Deuk Laser Disc Repair® and is a unique laser spine surgery that is the most successful and least invasive on the market.
“I was addicted to pain medication,” said Susan, a patient of Deuk Spine Institute, “Dr. Deukmedjian and his professional team cured me of my pain. Now I don’t have to rely on pain medication to get through my day. I am now the mother I wanted to be, the wife I wanted to be… the person I wanted to be.”
If you are suffering from back and neck pain and are using painkillers on a regular basis, call 1-800-Fix-My-Back to make an appointment with our spine experts.
Don’t end up a statistic; call today.