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Prescription Opioids

Prescription opioids are pharmaceutical drugs that can only be legally obtained with a medical prescription. Although a doctor may prescribe an opioid, abusing prescription drugs carries just as many risks as illicit drug abuse does. Nonmedical use of prescription opioids is not only illegal, but it’s also extremely dangerous.

Prescription opioids are very powerful and addictive. While these substances have the potential to treat chronic pain, they also can cause serious physical and psychological harm if they are misused.

Prescription Opioid Abuse

Prescription drug abuse, especially that of opioids, is on the rise. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Opioids, including prescription opioid drugs, killed more than 33,000 people in 2015, which is more than any year on record. Prescription opioids are responsible for nearly half of all opioid overdose deaths.

Prescription opioid abuse comes in many forms and may include some or several of the following behaviors:

  • Taking someone else’s prescription opioids
  • Taking a prescription opioid in a different way than prescribed
  • Taking a higher dose than prescribed
  • Taking the prescription  more frequently than prescribed
  • Self-medicating with prescription opioids
  • Purchasing prescription opioids from a drug dealer or a friend
  • Stealing prescription opioids from a doctor, clinic, hospital, or another type of medical facility

Legal and Physical Consequences of Prescription Opioid Abuse

Prescription opioid abuse reduces a person’s reaction time and may hinder a person’s ability to drive safely. Impaired driving can lead to car accidents and serious or fatal injuries. If you are stopped by the police while driving under the influence, you may also be arrested and charged, just as if you were driving under the influence of alcohol.

Purchasing prescription opioid drugs from a drug dealer or forging prescriptions can also get you into legal trouble, with possible jail sentences of anywhere from six to 12 months.

Physically, the adverse of effects of prescription opioid abuse vary based on the frequency of the drug abuse, how the drugs are abused, and any other drug or alcohol addictions the person has, among other individual circumstances.

Common physical consequences of prescription opioid abuse include:

  • Paranoia
  • Trouble breathing
  • Nausea
  • Drowsiness
  • Lethargy
  • Malnutrition
  • Pinpoint pupils
  • Addiction

Short-term effects

Click on each prescription drug to show its short-term effects.

Codeine
Fentanyl
Hydro- codone
Hydro- morphone
Methadone
Morphine
Oxy codone
Bluish-colored fingernails and lips
Changes in blood pressure
Coma
Confusion
Constipation
Difficulty breathing
Difficulty thinking clearly
Dizziness
Drowziness
Euphoria
Fainting
Fatigue
Headaches
Impaired coordination
Increased heart rate
Increased pain
Itching
Lethargy
Mood swings
Nausea
Nervousness
Overdose
Pinpoint pupils
Rash
Reduced anxiety
Relaxation
Restlessness
Seizures
Shortness of breath
Slow heart beat
Slowed breathing
Stomach pain
Sweating
Uconsciouness
Vomiting

 

Long-term effects

Click on each prescription drug to show its long-term effects.

Codeine
Fentanyl
Hydro- codone
Hydro- morphone
Methadone
Morphine
Oxycodone
Addiction
Anxiety
Brain damage
Collapsed veins
Coma
Death
Depression
Hallucinations
Impaired ability to handle stress
Impaired behavior regulation
Impaired decision-making skills
Increased risk of bloodborne diseases
Insomnia
Liver damage
Mood swings
Organ damage
Overdose
Psychosis
Respiratory problems
Sexual dysfunctions
Tolerance
Weakened immune system
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

Withdrawal symptoms

Click on the prescription drug to show its withdrawal symptoms.

Codeine
Fentanyl
Hydro- codone
Hydro- morphone
Methadone
Morphine
Oxycodone
Anxiety
Chills
Cold flashes
Cravings
Depression
Diarrhea
Dilated pupils
Fatigue
Fever
Hallucinations
Headaches
High blood pressure
Increased heart rate
Insomnia
Irritability
Loss of appetite
Mood swings
Muscle cramps
Muscle spasms
Nausea
Paranoia
Restlessness
Runny nose
Sweating
Vomiting
Watery eyes
Yawning
 

Commonly Abused Prescription Drugs

Some of the most commonly abused prescription drugs include:

Treatment for prescription opioid abuse should be individualized based on the circumstances of the client. Most individuals need to begin addiction treatment with a medically supervised drug detox program, followed by long-term drug rehab and behavioral therapy.

 

References:

  1. https://www.cdc.gov/drugoverdose/index.html

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