On rare occasions, healthcare providers prescribe narcotics or opioids to treat chronic pain. However, they are highly addictive. Opioid use, abuse, and adverse consequences, including death, have escalated. As of 2017, 92% of physicians and patients believed that opioids reduce pain, and 57% of patients reported improved quality of life. There are regulations and guidelines in place for responsible opioid prescribing. Once the pain has eased, medical professionals work with patients to prevent serious withdrawal symptoms. They may also change the prescription to another drug or stop the medication completely.