“Firefighters have a higher risk of injury than many other professions. They should be aware of the risks of drug dependency and addiction with regard to pain medications.”
In a survey conducted in 2011 by the National Fire Protection Association, approximately 70,900 firefighter injuries occur in the line of duty. Some of these injuries tend to be more serious, in turn, doctors prescribe pain killers.
“For people that have no prior history of drug or painkiller addiction, 97% will not become addicted to pain medications when they take the drug in the dosage prescribed. There are no exact predictors of who is susceptible to having a drug addiction, which is why addiction is one of the most common forms of drug abuse.”
To curb firefighters addiction, it is important to only take the amount prescribed by the doctor.
“Patients should never double a dose, take pain medication for reasons other than pain, mix the drug with other drugs or alcohol, or save medication for use at a later date.”
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