End Overprescription of Opioids

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Opioids are way over prescribed and because of that many people are becoming addicted to this very dangerous drug. Doctors are getting payed off by big pharmaceutical companies to suggest this as a treatment for pain. Many of the patients don't know the likely potential of becoming addicted and overdosing. Opioids are often a gateway drug to terrible drugs like heroin. 65% of heroin users said that Opioids lead them to heroin, according to medicine.wustl.edu. 

There needs to be strict laws and more education about when Opioids are appropriate to be used. Laws are necessary to make it illegal to pay off doctors. In 2014 and 2015, opioid manufacturers paid hundreds of doctors across the country six-figure sums for speaking, consulting and other services, according to a cnn and Harvard analysis. More education is necessary because when these patients are agreeing to go on this medication they are unaware of the fact that it is very addictive and very easy to overdose on.

Without these solutions people will continue to overdose. In 2014, approximately 20,000 people died from prescription opioid overdose, according to addictions.com. With these steps that number people will go down and there will be less heroin users.