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Are You Addicted to Prescription Opioids?

Are You Addicted to Prescription Opioids?

The US has seen a drastic rise in addiction to prescription opioids in the past few decades. Since 1999 the US went from 16,849 opioid-related overdose deaths to over 70,000 a year. Opioids continue to be one of the most addictive and dangerous substances in the...
Opioid Addiction and Pain Management Issues

Opioid Addiction and Pain Management Issues

For those with real, chronic pain issues, relief can seem hard to come by. That’s why, when doctors recommend prescription painkillers—many of them opioids—it’s often very welcome. Over time, however, opioid painkillers can lead to problems of their own. In fact,...
What are the Side Effects of Opioids?

What are the Side Effects of Opioids?

Opioids can be effective tools for pain management; in fact, doctors have long turned to opioid drugs to help those suffering with chronic pain, cancer, or other ailments. As time goes by, however, the treacherous side effects of opioids become increasingly clear. Not...
What Kind of Drugs are Opioids?

What Kind of Drugs are Opioids?

You’ve probably heard mention of the opioid crisis—an epidemic of drug addiction, centered on a specific category of narcotics. Despite all the media attention surrounding opioid addiction, there remains much misunderstanding about what opioids really are. In this...
Why Do People Use Opioids?

Why Do People Use Opioids?

Opioid addiction is serious, and in many cases it can even be life-threatening—yet often, it starts off fairly innocently. Opioids include some illicit street drugs, but also a number of perfectly legal medications, foremost among them prescription painkillers. It is...