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Ameritox Leadership Supports Lawmakers, Pain Practitioners and Patients Confronting Crisis in Pain Medication Abuse
Date:1/31/2013

BALTIMORE, Jan. 31, 2013 /PRNewswire/ -- Ameritox(SM), the nation's leader in Pain Medication Monitoring Solutions®, continues to address the prescription medication abuse crisis by educating lawmakers, physicians and chronic pain patients about the importance of ensuring that patients have access to needed medications, while keeping communities safe.

Chronic pain impacts one in four Americans – it affects more people than diabetes, cardiovascular disease, stroke and cancer combined – and is the most common cause of long-term disability in the United States.[1]  According to a 2011 Institute of Medicine report, chronic pain costs society at least $560-$635 billion annually.[2]  It is estimated that between four and eight million people suffering from chronic pain take opioid medications, prescribed by physicians to manage their condition and symptoms. 

"With prescription drug abuse rising to epidemic levels in the U.S., physicians treating chronic pain patients have a critical charge: to ensure their patients receive safe, effective treatment, while also reducing the possible risk of misuse, abuse or diversion of these powerful drugs," said Dr. Harry Leider , chief medical officer of Ameritox.  "For the millions of patients suffering from chronic pain, access to expert care and medication that can provide relief is crucial. It's important to ensure that policymakers, physicians and communities alike understand the magnitude of the problem and how to improve individual well-being and protect public safety."

Prescription pain medications are now misused and abused more frequently than illicit drugs like cocaine and heroin.  However, individuals abusing powerful prescription drugs are typically not patients prescribed these medicines.  Instead, teenagers, spouses and others in the home can take pil
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