What Are the Most Commonly Used Painkiller Drugs?


Created On: Monday, 21, October 2019
Modified On: Friday, 06, December 2019

Some of the most commonly abused painkiller drugs in the United States include Hydrocodone, oxycodone, Oxymorphone, morphine, codeine, and fentanyl.  Millions of Americans are abusing pain medications.  The danger of prescription pain medication abuse is a growing problem within the country.  By the 1990s the abuse of painkiller opioids began to grow.  According to the CDC from 1999 to 2017 roughly 218,000 people died from an opioid overdose.  Both illegal painkiller drugs and prescription painkiller medication is abused.  Illegal opioids are easily purchased online but many Americans become addicted to them through a prescription.

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The most commonly prescribed painkiller drugs are oxycodone and hydrocodone.  Oxycodone is the most widely used recreational opioid.  Per the US Department of Health and Human Services, an estimated 11 million people in the USA consume this drug non-medically.  In 2016 healthcare professionals wrote more than 214 million prescriptions for pain medication.  The CDC reported that one in five people in the US receives opioids for long-term use.  The abuse of painkiller drugs such as oxycodone and hydrocodone increased among people more than 65 years of age.  These two drugs are dangerously addictive, yet commonly prescribed.

Oxycodone is sold under the brand name OxyContin and is commonly prescribed to treat moderate to severe pain.  The drug is available as an immediate release tablet or a controlled released. Both of these release methods are abused by addicts.  The drug can be easily purchased illegally online and is widely abused throughout the United States.  Hydrocodone or also known as Vicodin and Norco and is prescribed to treat severe pain.  The drug is also combined with acetaminophen and is used as a cough suppressant.  Both of these drugs are commonly abused within the United States.  Painkiller drug abuse is a common problem, and it is important to find the right type of treatment for addiction.