The Monster is Accidental Opioid AddictionWatch Film
Opioid addiction is a chronic disease that can result from long-term use of prescription pain relievers.1 And like other chronic diseases, such as diabetes or high blood pressure, the likelihood of developing addiction is influenced by a combination of genetic and environmental factors.2,3
This is what we call “Accidental Opioid Addiction,” or The Monster. And the consequences can be deadly.4
The Monster doesn’t discriminate when it comes to its victims. It doesn’t care if you’re rich or poor, the color of your skin, or what you believe in. All the Monster cares about is making you suffer.
Those who fall victim to the Monster aren’t morally weak, nor does it mean they are all necessarily bad people. They are our neighbors, our friends, and our family. But most importantly, they do not look to become addicted. The Monster finds them when they are most vulnerable; post-childbirth pain, an injury suffered at work, lingering pain from surgery, etc.
The monster finds you in pain, and promises to help.
You feed the monster to relieve your pain.
The Monster tricks you into feeling normal, which you begin to crave.
Your cravings take control making the Monster stronger.
The Monster destroys relationships, ruins careers, and ultimately takes lives.
Opioids have been used as pain medications throughout U.S. history. But in the 1990’s, there was a shift in the way physicians diagnosed pain, which led to even more opioids being prescribed and, in turn, even more opioid abuse.3
In 2011, over 200 million opioid prescriptions were written for pain management.5
About 5% of people who have been prescribed opioids will become addicted.1
More than 4.5 million people are at risk of succumbing to addiction because of the misuse of prescription opioids.6
Drug overdose, primarily driven by opioid use, is the number one accidental killer in the country and claims over 16,000 lives a year.4,7
$56 billion a year is spent on fighting opioid addiction – that’s more than we spend on more recognized diseases like stroke and asthma.8