Nature vs. Nurture: The Contributing Factors of Opioid Abuse

Five million people in the United States are affected by opioid abuse every year. The rise in popularity of opioid medications such as Vicodin, OxyContin and Opana for the treatment of chronic pain has played a significant role in the current opioid addiction epidemic. The recent influx in opioid addiction that drug rehab centers from San Fransisco to San Antonio have seen in recent months is prompting healthcare providers everywhere to become aware of contributing addiction factors.
Genetics, environment, personality traits and mental illness can all significantly contribute to a person’s predisposition for becoming addicted to opioids. Here’s what you need to know about the current opioid addiction epidemic and major contributing factors to be aware of.