The over prescribing of pain killers has been a huge problem for this country in the past decade and has been a factor in today’s growing heroin epidemic. It is recorded that in 2012, most doctors nationwide gave out nearly 260-million prescriptions for pain killers. Teenagers younger than 17 have staggering abuse and addiction statistics due to pain killers being so readily available.
Like heroin, pain killers suppress one’s ability to breathe due to the drugs effect on the respiratory system and put users at an extremely high risk of a fatal overdose. Besides becoming addicted, there are a number of other health risks that could come from abusing pain killers.