Confronting Addiction in the Jewish Community

The Jewish Link of New Jersey

If your child received a prescription for Percocet after getting wisdom teeth removed, he is not alone. He is also at risk of opioid addiction. Just one week’s worth of this commonly prescribed painkiller can cause addiction. The extremely addictive nature of opioids is driving a national epidemic, and making them the leading cause of death for Americans under 50.

Dr. Richard Riemer, DO, told the audience that opioid addiction is a disease, not a personal or moral flaw. Pharmaceutical companies have encouraged doctors to over-rely on opioids to manage pain. As a result they have been over-prescribed, he explained. One in 10 Americans is currently using opioids.

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