Help for Those Struggling with Opioid Addiction
Opioids are some of the most abused drugs in America, with prescription opiates accounting for up to 5.1 million cases of addiction.
Around 210 million doses of opioids, including morphine, Oxycontin and Vicodin, were prescribed in the US in 2011, so it's not surprising that the problem is extensive.
Opioids are any drugs derived from the opium poppy. All opiates affect the body in the same way. They are prescribed for treating moderate to severe pain, such as post-operative pain, back pain, etc. They can also produce euphoria, which makes them potentially addictive if used over longer periods of time. Consequently, they should be prescribed sparingly and taken only when absolutely necessary.