Ron RakowskyRon RakowskyMarch 23, 20167min371

The media has been replete with the saddest of stories about a serious health issue facing all of our communities — prescription drug abuse. Here are some facts: Each day, 44 people die as a result of an opioid overdose, far exceeding car-crash deaths. According to the Centers For Disease Control And Prevention, the rate of opioid deaths has increased by 200 percent. A significant problem results from prescription painkillers. A March 16 New York Times article focused on the pressures facing physicians, especially in rural areas. “Do no harm” is in the medical crosshairs more and more. As state-administered prescription drug monitoring programs clamp down on the practice of over-prescribing, some patients turn to cheaper options, including heroin.