USA Pain Clinics is acutely aware of the proliferation of opiate related issues in the State of New Mexico. We are determined to be part of the solution. We look for opiate alternative measures whenever possible because we know that those who abuse narcotics recreationally aren’t the only ones at risk of overdose. People with legitimate prescriptions are at risk of overdose too. That’s why we take patient education seriously, and prescribe naloxone along with opiates where necessary. We perform Urine Toxicology Screens on all patients to assure that patients are abiding by their medication contracts. We do not take methadone patients, but we offer Suboxone to help wean patients off of their medications.
USA Pain Clinics would like to promote public awareness of the increasing prescription drug abuse epidemic, as well as promote the prevention and treatment of opioid abuse and support the recovery of individuals affected by the chronic disease of addiction.
The following facts illustrate the severity of addiction to prescription painkillers:
In 2015 there were 52,404 lethal drug overdoses in the US, 20,101 of those deaths were related to prescription pain relievers.
As many as 1 in 4 people who take prescription opioids long term in a primary care setting struggles with addiction.
Every day in the US, over 1,000 people are treated in emergency departments for misusing prescription opioids.
In 2014, New Mexico had the second highest drug overdose death rate in the country with 510 deaths, averaging out to about 10 people every week. In 2015, the number decreased to 493, but it is still a widespread problem.
Unintentional drug overdose is the largest subset of total overdose death, accounting for 80-85% of overdose deaths in New Mexico.
In 2014, 48% of unintentional drug overdose deaths in New Mexico were caused by prescription drugs, not illicit drugs.
(Sources: CDC and The New Mexico Department of Health)