The tragic, high-profile death of Prince has shed much-needed light on a growing epidemic of chronic pain and prescription drug misuse in the United States.
Chronic pain affects as many as 100 million Americans — people who are hurting and desperately looking for a solution. In an effort to fight the pain, many have turned to opioids — drugs that help relieve the discomfort.
Opioids, including codeine, hydrocodone and Dilaudid, are among the most widely prescribed drugs for pain.
Unfortunately, these medicines also have led to a rise in overdoses, now a leading cause of death among Americans.