Posted: Jul 8, 2013 7:24 PM by MTN News
BILLINGS - A report by the Centers for Disease Control shows prescription drug addiction among women is at an all time high. The CDC found an average of 18 women in the U.S. die every day from overdose on prescription pain killers.
Healthcare professionals in Billings say the solution is women need to reassess their need for pain killers. The issue began over a decade ago when doctors adopted a stronger approach to control patient pain.
Some of the most addictive medications include Percocet, Oxycodone and Hydrocodone.
"We need to do a better job at educating the public on yes, these medicines will take away your pain but there is a cost," said Dr. Jim Bentler, Medical Director of the Saint Vincent Healthcare Emergency Department. "There are dangerous side effects and there are problems that you can find yourself in that you never would of imagined you would have."
Physicians at Saint Vincent Healthcare say patients should try to get to a tolerable level of discomfort if they're in pain and not rely on prescription pain killers to completely remove their pain.