The Problem With Opioids As A Sole Source Of Relief

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The problem with opioids as a sole source of relief is that not only are they physically and psychologically addictive, but the user also begins to build a tolerance to the therapeutic effects. Eventually one requires higher doses in order to achieve the initial levels of pain relief. As the dose increases, so does the level of dependency and addiction. If a doctor refuses to increase the dose for the patient’s safety, the pain returns and patient may begin to feel the effects of opiate withdrawal. In worst-case scenarios people begin to abuse alcohol or seek out prescription pain medication illegally. Illicit and less expensive street drugs are often sought out if the afflicted can no longer afford their medications or cannot find a source of pain and addiction relief anywhere else. Purchase of street drugs becomes common when addiction begins to affect someone’s ability to keep a steady source of income. As a result, there has been a surge of opioid, heroin, and alcohol abuse and eventual overdose. (Dart, et al., 2015)
Because of this and a number of other global factors, the field of clinical drug testing is growing, and quite rapidly. According to research by Markets and Markets (2015), the drug and alcohol testing market is set to grow from $4 billion as measured in 2015 to $6.3 billion in 2019 at a CAGR of 9.5%. This growth can be attributed to the increasing number of pain and addiction clinics, among other factors. As a result, the demand for drug testing facilities…
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