Prescribing Opioids to Addicted Populations
Opioid Dependence and Addiction in the United States
Commonly Used Alternatives to Opioids
Pharmacological alternatives to opioids
- Acetaminophen can be used for pain relief and fever reduction, but it does not reduce inflammation. It’s one of the most common pain relievers among Americans, used by roughly 23% of adults each week.
- Nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) like ibuprofen can treat acute pain and inflammation. A 2018 report found that NSAIDs make up 5% to 10% of all medications prescribed each year.