Opioid addiction is a growing epidemic in the United States, with opioid overdoses killing 91 Americans every day. In 2015 alone, more than 33,000 people died from an opioid overdose. Read on to learn more about opioids and to learn how to recognize the signs of opioid addiction.
What is an opioid?
According to the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA), opioids are a class of drugs that act on the nervous system to relieve pain. Common opioids include the illegal drug heroin, synthetic opioids like fentanyl, and prescription painkillers like oxycodone (OxyContin), hydrocodone (Vicodin) and morphine. Continued use (and abuse) of opioids can lead to physical dependence on and addiction to these types of drugs.
What are the signs of opioid addiction?
Being familiar with the most common signs of opioid addiction can help you or someone you love get proper treatment before it is too late. Physical signs of opioid addiction include the following:
- Noticeable euphoria
- Drowsiness, confusion or intermittent nodding off
- Constricted pupils
- Slowed breathing
For more information on opioids, opioid addiction and opioid overdoses, visit the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s or the NIDA’s opioid webpage.
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2 thoughts on “Do You Know the Signs of Opioid Addiction?”
I absolutely agree that being familiar with the common signs of opioid addiction will help you to recognize if your loved one is suffering from it so you can help him to seek proper treatment. My classmate way back in college once told me that she is suspecting that her partner has an opioid addiction. She doesn’t have the proper knowledge about it, so she’d like to seek a professional help. I will make sure to share your blog with her so she can get some tips on what she must do next.
Thank you for your comments. We wish the best to your classmate and her partner.