Millennials Down on Opioids – National Pain Report

Posted: September 4, 2017 at 10:44 am

By Ed Coghlan

The Millennial Generation looks at opioids differently than their parents.

The American Society of Anesthesiologists released a survey that said millennials are half as likely as baby boomers to turn to opioids to manage pain.

Rather they use exercise, healthy eating, losing weight and overall wellness strategies.

But while the results reflect an anti-opioid trend, they also reveal a knowledge gap. The survey found many millennials were:

Its encouraging that millennials see the value of opting for safer and often more effective methods of managing pain, said ASA President Jeffrey Plagenhoef, M.D. But clearly they are in need of further education when it comes to opioids and chronic pain because using the drugs initially to treat pain can turn into a lifelong struggle with addiction.

Seventy five percent of millennials say they have had acute pain (which comes on suddenly and lasts less than three months) and nearly 60 percent have experienced chronic pain (which lasts longer than three months). The source of that pain is reflective of millennials lifestyle, including technology use (leading to eye strain, neck aches, hand or finger pain, wrist or arm pain), migraines and sports injuries.

According to the survey, millennials (ages 18-36) and members of Generation X (ages 37-52) are most likely to report pain interfered with their work responsibilities, parenting abilities and participation in family activities.

Its important to address pain before it interferes with quality of life by seeing the right specialist for pain management. Not surprisingly, the ASA says whatever the age, people in severe pain who dont find relief through lifestyle changes should see a physician who specializes in pain management, such as a physician anesthesiologist.

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