Four Facts You Should Know About the Opioid Addictions Sweeping the United States

Four Facts You Should Know About the Opioid Addictions Sweeping the United States
November 02 18:19 2018 Print This Article

Psychiatric research in the last five years suggests that opioid addiction has reached crisis levels in the United States, becoming one of the leaders in early death. Unfortunately, this is due to the fact that most people are misinformed about the realities of opioid addiction. While others are less concerned because “it couldn’t possibly happen” to them.

It’s time to face a very real problem. Opioid addiction is prevalent and there are at least four things you should know about the CDC-proclaimed epidemic that claims over 100 lives nationwide on a daily basis.

Addiction is Easier Because Most Substances are Prescribed and Controlled

Opioids are often prescribed for pain after surgical procedures or horrific injuries, like a broken bone, wisdom tooth extractions, or spinal vertebra infusions. This makes it easier to become addicted because these substances are viewed as safer since they are controlled.

Opioid Addiction Comes with Immediate Withdrawals that Rival Serious, Years-Long Drug Addictions

Addiction to opioids is quick because it doesn’t take years of serious use to build an addiction. The gratification can be instant, as the drug works quickly to eliminate pain that someone with serious injuries might feel. Ergo, when someone becomes addicted, then decides to eliminate that addiction, the withdrawals can be as hard as someone that is coming off of similarly serious but long-term drugs, like heroin.

The Biggest Demographics for Opioid Addiction are Wide and Varied; Ergo, Anyone Can Become Addicted

From the very young and naïve, to the elderly and self-controlled, opioid addiction can strike anyone. This (often prescription) drug carries a higher addiction rate because a wider range of people use it as a painkiller after surgeries or injuries. There is no one pinpointed demographic for opioid addiction.

Family and Friends are Often Oblivious to a Loved One’s Opioid Addiction

Because opioids are often doctor prescribed, loved ones are commonly oblivious to someone’s addictive behavior. They think that their loved one is simply using the drugs to feel less pain after some sort of trauma. However, a red flag would be months of use, as prescriptions that are considered opioids are usually only prescribed for a week or two at a time.

Note: If you ever feel that your loved one is in danger of opioid addiction, talk to them honestly. Be loving and supportive above all else.

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Mike Morgan
Mike Morgan

Mike Morgan is a health enthusiast and has written several health articles for various health magazines.

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