Opioids Can Be Dangerous

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Opioids and pain pills can be dangerous. Opioid misuse takes lives. Opioids are a group of powerful medications that relieve pain; however, opioids can be dangerous if they are not used correctly. Nearly 80% of heroin users reported misusing prescription opioids prior to heroin. 116 a day die from opioid-related drug overdoses.

Pain all the time? Consider the best ways to manage it. If you live in pain and take pain medicine, you could become dependent on opioids, pain pills, or other methods of pain management without even realizing it.

What are opioids?
Opioids, often prescribed for pain, include:
– Fentanyl, a powerful aesthetic, used to manage pain. 
– Prescription pain relievers, such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine and others.

They also include illegal drugs, like:
– Heroin, an opioid drug made from morphine

The truth about chronic pain
– Some 25.3 million American adults suffer from daily pain.
– It’s pain that lasts longer than three to six months.
– In many cases, pain continues even after the injury or condition that first caused it has healed.
– The cause of chronic pain is not always clear; in some cases, it may never be explained.
– While the main symptom is pain, pain can affect the body in different ways. Different people experience chronic pain in different ways.

Come back tomorrow to learn how to manage pain without opioids.

Reference : https://file.anthem.com/106486ANMENABS.pdf

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