The opioid crisis has taken places in the United States and it shows no sign of abating. Opioids is a particular of drugs that consist of illegal drug such as heroin and synthetic opioids such as fentanyl.
According to the sources, 130 American die of opioid overdoses with an every alternative day. The abuse of prescription drugs, such as the pain medication oxycodone cause the maximum death chances. Oxycodone, which helps to relieve pain, is prescribed frequently to alleviate moderate to severe pain.
In United States, this drug is marketed with a maximum quantity to the doctors, however, the dangers of this strong painkiller gets downplayed, which led to major growth in usage.
Key regions to find Opioid Prescription
In the region such as Denmark, Norway, and Sweden the pharmaceutical industry holds a strict regulation and marketing to doctors which is however strictly limited. However, with ageing populations reports confirms that these countries owns a highest rates of chronic non-cancer pain in the world. As a result, the demand for prescription opioids has majorly increased, raising the question of whether the Nordic countries could be headed towards an opioid epidemic like the United States.
To investigate this issue, researchers from each of the three countries analyzed twelve years of opioid prescription data. Their research is presented in the article “Prescribed opioid analgesic use developments in three Nordic countries, 2006-2017” by Ashley Elizabeth Muller, Thomas Clausen, Per Sjøgren, Ingvild Odsbu, and Svetlana Skurtveit, published in De Gruyter’s journal Scandinavian Journal of Pain.
Moreover, the researchers established that oxycodone prescriptions are on the maximum in all three countries. Discussing the analytics of Swden, the number of people with an outpatient prescription for oxycodone has raised tripled since 2006.
In recent years, Norway liberalized the regulation of opioid prescriptions for chronic non-cancer pain and study confirms that one in eight Norwegian women and one is eleven Norwegian men found a prescription of opioid outside the hospital in 2017. In addition, forensic analysis shows that prescription opioids are increasingly involved in deadly overdoses.
“As a general rule, these strong prescriptions should not be used for chronic non-cancer pain,” says study author Ashley Elizabeth Muller from the Norwegian Institute of Public Health. “It’s easy to get complacent and think the United States is so different, so their situation isn’t applicable to us. Yet oxycodone is prescribed more and more.”