Opioid Abuse

Opioid Abuse

According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM), drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the United States, with 52,404 lethal drug overdoses in 2015.

The United States has been placed in an opioid epidemic, with more than 20,000 overdose deaths related to prescription pain relievers and 12,990 overdoses on heroin in 2015. It is estimated that 23% of individuals who use heroin develop an opioid addiction. Studies show that student athletes may be at a higher risk for prescription abuse.

NATA Consensus Statements

Managing Prescriptions and Non-Prescription Medication in the Athletic Training Facility, 2009

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