What makes opioids so dangerous and addictive? Watch the video to find out more.
Opiates are highly addictive substances used for relieving pain. They range from prescription medications like morphine or oxycodone, to dangerous illegal drugs like heroin.
Opioid addiction begins in the first week of use.
Opioid use begins
Addiction symptoms can develop in as little as five days
Opioid use begins to affect work, hobbies, and relationships
Opioid use becomes
primary focus in life
Misusing prescription opioids can have serious consequences.
Taking too much, or taking someone else’s, can overwhelm your body and lead to difficulty breathing, loss of consciousness, or overdose.
Mixing with alcohol dramatically increases these risks and puts you at serious risk for overdose.
Alcohol and opioids are both depressants that slow your breathing and heart rate. Combining the two magnifies these effects. However, these changes are so subtle that an opioid overdose can look similar to sleeping. Watch the video to learn more.
When my arm stopped hurting, I had leftover pills. I tried selling them but got caught, now I’m being charged for dealing drugs.
The pain has been gone for a while, but my doctor keeps giving me refills, and now I‘m addicted. I keep needing more and more pills, and my risk of overdose keeps increasing.
I figured opioids can’t be THAT dangerous if a doctor gave them to me, so I decided to drink at a party after taking my prescription. While I was asleep, my organs shut down and I stopped breathing.