Women are more likely than men to be prescribed pain medication because they often have lower pain thresholds and deal with conditions that are unique to or more common in women (such as fibromyalgia and migraines).
In 2011, a web-based data system called Oregon Prescription Drug Monitoring Program (PDMP) was created to assist physicians and pharmacists with responsible prescribing and dispensing of controlled substances. However, Oregon still has the second highest rate of prescription painkiller abuse in the country.
Do you have experience with prescription drug addiction? What do you think people need to know about this issue?
- Dr. Roger Chou, M.D.: Associate Professor of Medicine at OHSU
- Dan Mark: Recovering from addiction to prescription painkillers
- Faith*: Recovering from addiction to prescription painkillers
*Not her real name