Opioids are highly addictive narcotic substances commonly prescribed to treat pain. Each year, nearly five million opioid prescriptions are filled in South Carolina. That’s close to one prescription for every person in the state. Plus, these dangerously addictive pills are easily accessible in households, from friends and even family members. And, if that’s not alarming enough, did you know that 4 in 5 heroin users started with opioids?
Even though these powerful medications can be a vital, life-changing medication to those living with chronic pain, they should only be used with extreme caution.