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NORWICH, CT - MARCH 23: Oxycodone pain pills prescribed for a patient with chronic pain lie on display on March 23, 2016 in Norwich, CT. On March 15, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control (CDC), announced guidelines for doctors to reduce the amount of opioid painkillers prescribed, in an effort to curb the epidemic. The CDC estimates that most new heroin addicts first became hooked on prescription pain medication before graduating to heroin, which is stronger and cheaper. (Photo by John Moore/Getty Images)

Believe it or not, there is another side to America’s opioid crisis. With the changes in prescription guidelines, many people have been left without the care they need.

One can’t deny that the loose method of prescribing opioids in the 90’s and early 2000’s majorly contributed to what is now America’s opioid crisis. But, restrictions have made it harder for the people who actually need the medicine to obtain it without jumping through hoops.

According to The Hill, the prescribing of opioids has dropped every year since 2012 and is at a severe low, yet drug overdose deaths continue to rise.

Studies have shown that when opioids are prescribed properly and are followed up on, the risk of addiction and abuse goes down significantly. In fact, the majority of people who have misused prescription opioids were not prescribed them previously.

There are many patients that use opioids to allow them to maintain a job and live a comfortable painless life. Unfortunately for them, it is the abusers and wrongful doing doctors that make it hard for them to continue that life.

If you or a loved one are going through tough times dealing with opioid addiction, call the American Addiction Center at:

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