After the strong crackdown by government forces on both drug-makers and pharmacists that prescribe strong and sometimes lethal painkillers the use of opioids like Vicodin and OxyContin have fallen rapidly. As per details of a research report by IQVIA Institute for Human Data Science, use of prescription opioids in US went down by drastic 17 percent during 2018 marking its biggest decline till date. The development is remarkable specially as prescription opioids which were just at 22 pills per adult within United States during 1992 rose to peak of 72 pills during 2011 but since then there has been a steady decline and now is at 34 pain pills per adult.
IQVIA’s recent report about healthcare trends in 2019 shows there is still hope for the nation combating opioid crisis. It has reached epidemic proportions and is killing 130 Americans on a daily basis. Last month a new study had revealed troubling details about how opioid crisis is affecting the nation’s youth and is leading to overdose deaths among teens and youngsters. Both Justice Department and lawmakers are working together with health agencies to combat this epidemic by limiting prescription of painkillers and punishing people responsible for fueling it.
Last week a proposal worth $100 billion was unveiled by senators Elizabeth Warren and Elijah Cummings to fund opioid prevention services and provide medical assistance to families battling various stages of addiction. A former Rochester Drug Cooperative CEO was indicted and federal government settled the case with $20 million for the firm’s role in the opioid crisis. Federal officers also charged doctors, pharmacists and several medical professionals across five states for illegal prescription of nearly 32 million pills for pain relief. Besides these indictments around 1600 cases have been filed against makers of OxyContin and other manufacturers of opioids which will be transferred before a Ohio judge followed by New York and other states as all of them begin their fight against the menace.