You will probably not require an immediate explanation as to why American parents are scared to let their teenage children consume opioids for pain management. After all, these drugs are some of the deadliest substances on the planet and are currently fueling a U.S. health crisis that is on par with the HIV/AIDS epidemic of the 1970s and 1980s. Obviously, mothers and fathers would be scared to allow their children to use these painkillers. However, what is particularly unnerving is the fact that many of these same parents are not aware of alternative methods for recovery, physical therapy, or pain management in the healthcare system. Let’s take a closer look at this situation and find out some more information about the concerns parents have about opioids painkillers.
Mixed Feelings about Opioids
As part of a recent survey, researchers assessed the responses of 1,000 parents of children ages 13 to 24. (Keep in mind that 1/3 of the teen and young adult subjects had prescriptions for opioids already.) Although 50% of the parents voiced concern about their kids using these drugs, about 2/3 of these parents strongly believed that opioids were much better than over-the-counter pain meds and alternative treatments. Ultimately, researchers believe this study further cements the grim reality of parents in America: many do not fully understand the severity of opioids.
Parents Aren’t in the “Know”
According to the American Society of Anesthesiologists (ASA), which conducted the survey, parents either don’t know about these options or don’t both to ask about the risks. Dr. Linda Mason (president of ASA) confirms how this survey sheds light on the conflicted situation in the United States. Even though parents were frightened of the addictive nature of opioids, they were still convinced these potent painkillers were the only answer for recovery from injuries or pain management.
Seeking Treatment for Opioid Use Disorder
Opioids are extremely potent and dangerous drugs that have a high risk for abuse and addiction and can be particularly dangerous for teens and young adults, whose brains are still developing. If you are ever instructed to take these medications, proceed with caution, especially if the patients are teens or young adults. Follow the instructions to the letter and never take more than the required dose. Although they might be able to help people cope with pain (chronic or injury-related), these drugs can still wreak havoc on the mind and body. Remember, you can always find an alternative.
If you are suffering from a severe case of opioid use disorder or have a friend or loved one who is coping with this illness, get in touch with Asana Recovery today. Our professional team of counselors and healthcare experts will help you endure the painful process detox and withdrawal and guide you through each step of the rehabilitation process to help you separate yourself from these deadly painkillers.
If you want to find out more about our residential treatment or supervised detoxification/withdrawal programs or enroll in one of these programs today, we are ready and waiting to speak with you at your leisure and your disclosure. Call Asana now at (949) 438-4504 to learn how you can overcome your attachment to opioids and take an essential step against the Opioid Crisis.