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Opioid abuse is an ongoing public health crisis in the United States. Millions of Americans find themselves struggling with opioid use disorder every year. Yet, for many, recognizing the signs of opioid addiction can be difficult. – PowerPoint PPT presentation

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Title: Recognizing the Signs of Opioid Addiction


1
Recognizing the Signs of Opioid Addiction
  • Opioid abuse is an ongoing public health crisis
    in the United States. Millions of Americans find
    themselves struggling with opioid use disorder
    every year. Yet, for many, recognizing the signs
    of opioid addiction can be difficult.

2
Some Common and Dangerous Opioids
  • Opioids are a class of drugs used primarily to
    ease and manage pain. There are numerous
    different prescription opioids. Yet, because
    opioids are potent, they require precise and
    attentive use. Even then, sometimes, individuals
    develop a dependency on the drug. Sometimes, when
    individuals develop an addiction to opioids, they
    turn to illegal opioids like heroin to meet their
    needs.
  • Prescription pain relievers such as oxycodone
    (OxyContin) and hydrocodone (Vicodin) are two
    common opioids. Often these medications are
    prescribed to treat moderate to severe pain after
    an injury or surgery. Again, the potency of
    opioids can lead to misuse and cause someone to
    become addicted inadvertently. When this happens,
    individuals put themselves in a dangerous
    position of using these opioids too often or in
    risky dosages.
  • In some cases, knowing individuals are addicted
    and desperate for opioids, drug makers will lace
    the pain relievers they sell with fentanyl. This
    synthetic opiate is 50 times stronger than
    heroin. Its high potency means that fentanyl is
    the major contributing factor to opioid overdoses
    and deaths.

3
Signs of Opioid Addiction
  • The signs of opioid addiction are not always
    evident. A person can abuse opioids for several
    months or years before they or others are aware
    of the problem. Some of the signs of opioid
    addiction include
  • Increased obsession with the drug
  • Withdrawal from normal routine, activities, or
    friends/family
  • Drastic changes in appetite, sleep, mood, or
    behavior
  • Possession of drug-related paraphernalia
  • An overall decline in the quality of life
  • Ignoring responsibilities at home, work, or
    school

4
Signs of Opioid Addiction
  • Keep an eye out for these signs of opioid
    addiction. If someone exhibits more than one of
    these signs for a significant period, they likely
    need treatment.
  • There are also a variety of withdrawal symptoms
    that show you need Opioid Addiction Treatment.
    These symptoms will vary from individual to
    individual, but some common withdrawal symptoms
    include
  • Hypertension
  • Gastrointestinal problems
  • Nausea and vomiting
  • Increased heart rate
  • Opioid addiction frequently exacerbates any
    emotional or mental health issues an individual
    may have, like depression or anxiety. For that
    reason, when seeking treatment for opioid
    addiction, it is important that the addiction
    treatment center you choose offers treatment for
    co-occurring mental health disorders.
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