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IT’S GETTING HARDER AND HARDER NOT TO BECOME ANOTHER NUMBER
The trail of casualties created by opioid addiction is getting larger and larger each year. In 2017, illicit and prescription opioids were responsible for the overwhelming majority of the over 72,000 overall drug overdose deaths in the United States. Despite the clear dangers of excessive use of these drugs, and the increasing institutional safeguards put in place to protect consumers, opioid painkillers continue to be administered by medical professionals at record-breaking rates, creating a clearer-than-ever pathway to diversion, abuse and addiction. It’s clear that prescription opioids are here to stay and that they will continue to guide many users toward the use of illicit opioids and subsequent overdose.
The only thing you can do is protect yourself and declare your refusal to become another casualty of this public health issue. If you’re battling opioid dependency, stop gambling with your life and get the help you need now. Recovery Unplugged offers a full range of treatment services to help you fight back.
TYPES OF OPIOIDS
There are many different types of opioids, all of which are responsible in some way for the increase in addiction and fatalities currently consuming the United States. Heroin has long been regarded as one of the most deadly and addictive types of opioids; however, synthetic variations like fentanyl (which is said to be 100 times more potent than pure heroin) are claiming more and more lives. Prescription painkillers like OxyContin, Vicodin, Percocet and others have been driving opioid deaths for years and are responsible for the escalation of heroin addiction; it’s primarily become a matter of simple supply and demand.
Recent crackdowns on street-level prescription opioid sales have created scarcity and a price spike. Heroin has stepped in to fill this vacuum, offering a similar high for a fraction of the price. Users can get a bag of heroin for as little as $3.00, whereas a tablet of OxyContin can now go for $30-$50. Factors like these are directly responsible for the increase in fatal overdoses and are likely to persist as more and more Americans fall victim to addiction.
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SIGNS AND EFFECTS OF OPIOID ADDICTION
Opioid addiction can be identified through a variety of indicators, including but not limited to:
- Physical – Chronic constipation, small pupils, nausea, reduced sex drive, sensitivity to pain, shallow breathing, or slurred speech and more.
- Psychological – Hallucinations, anxiety, depression, irritability, melancholy, and more.
- Behavioral – Withdrawn and isolated behavior, preoccupation with opioids, high-risk and illegal behavior to procure painkillers, lying and deception about use, and more.
If your or someone you care about is exhibiting these or any other symptoms related to opioid use, seek help immediately.