Addiction to opiates stems from the abuse of drugs like oxycodone, morphine, oxycontin, and opium. This disordering of the central nervous system is caused by continual abuse of the binding of the receptors in the brain, altering the perception of pain. The World Health Organization (WHO) estimates that approximately two million people in the United States alone are addicted to prescription opiates with the number of opiate prescriptions being dispensed being more than doubled in a ten year period from 1990 to 2010.
There are many negative effects both long term and short term that come from opiate abuse and addiction. From short-term nausea and sedation to long term pulmonary complications and liver disease, opiate addiction can completely destroy a person’s health. There are many different signs of opiate addiction that you may be able to see if you suspect your loved one is abusing or addicted to opiates. Fortunately there is treatment for opiate addiction so please don’t hesitate to call us for help.