University of Pennsylvania School of Medicine Mar 18 2016

Physicians are prescribing more opioid painkillers than ever before to patients undergoing common surgeries, according to new research. Opioid abuse and addiction is a growing concern in the U.S. Approximately 2.1 million Americans suffer from substance use disorders related to prescription opioid pain relievers and an estimated 467,000 Americans are addicted to heroin, with increasing recognition of the strong relationship between opioid use and heroin abuse.