You're heading into surgery soon and your doctor has told you that you're going to need prescription painkillers. You can't help but think about all of the frightening reports over the last few years saying how easily people can become addicted to prescription opioids. If you have a child or teen that needs the powerful pain drugs, it can make things feel even scarier. Public health reports and study after study have shown that powerful prescription pain medications are a root cause for the current opioid crisis in the U.S. Opioid overdoses killed more than 33,000 people in 2015 and nearly half of overdose deaths involved prescription drugs, according to recent data from the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Doctors say that while there's often good reason for a patient to be prescribed drugs like OxyContin, Vicodin or Percocet for a period of time, these pills come with serious risks. "When someone is legitimately and appropriately prescribed an opioid, they can … [Read more...] about CBS News Logo Opioid painkillers: Best advice to help you avoid addiction
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