Drugs, 11: 02/12/2014
Quiz on Friday!
Opioids have some of the most important clinical therapeutic effect. But have the most
devastating side effect of any drug.
Stats for opioids:
400% increase in the number of people taking prescription opioids (pain killer).
Number has quadrupled.
12% is the number US military personnel who regularly take prescription pain killers not for a
2 most commonly used class of illicit drugs in this country. 2 most taken drug illegally if taken for
a nonmedical reason. 1 is marijuana.
7 is the number of people who die every day from an overdose in prescription analgesics in the
state of Florida.
300,000 number of prescriptions per year for opioids from one doctor’s office who got busted.
#1 accidental cause of death is poisonings. Recently exceeded car accidents.
2.5 vs 30 (30 is perc 30s). 2.5 mg is the lowest dose in a prescription pain killer of oxycodone, etc. 30 mg
is the highest dose in one single prescription painkiller pill. Can buy pills that are 12 times the strength of a
normal mild painkiller.
Vicodin is the #1 most prescribed drug in the US.
History of Opioids:
Codeine and morphine are the biggest exogenous morphine. Both exist as plant alkaloids, based on the
Increase in prescription