Numerous factors contributed to the shocking epidemic we’re now facing, including aggressive marketing by pharmaceutical companies in the late 1990s. Patient satisfaction surveys are worsening the opioid epidemic, with far too many medical professionals scrambling to prescribe painkillers like oxycodone and OxyContin so patients are satisfied with their treatment.
Are these factors also prevalent in other communities around the world, or is the opioid epidemic a uniquely American problem? Our team at Banyan Treatment Center Heartland explores how other countries interact with opioid prescriptions and challenges.
While opioid addiction in America is at epidemic levels, opioid addiction worldwide is different in its scope. In Japan and countries throughout Europe, insurers are less likely to cover opioids for pain and doctors may be more hesitant to prescribe the pills. The United States has 4.4% of the world’s population but prescribes around 30% of the total opioids in the world.2
Other countries have more stringent regulation and marketing of prescription drugs to doctors is incredibly limited.3 These tighter regulations on marketing of prescription drugs has helped to decrease the risks of opioid addiction worldwide, with doctors in other countries less likely to prescribe opioids for pain than their counterparts in the US.
At Banyan Treatment Center, we offer opioid detox, residential treatment, and IOP drug treatment in Gilman. We also offer alumni programs and optional PHP addiction treatment in Illinois. If you or someone you love is struggling with opioid addiction, we encourage you to reach out for help.