How to Overcome Opiate Addiction

Opiate Addiction

9 Most Common Opiates Opiates are controlled prescription drugs that are derived from the chemical opium, which naturally comes from poppy seeds and plants. Typically, these medications are used to treat mild to severe pain in patients. However, due to their intensity and calming effects, opioids have a tremendously high rate of abuse that can … Read more

Prescription Opioid Withdrawal Symptoms

Prescription Opioid Withdrawal Symptoms

What Happens When You Stop Taking Prescription Opioids? People all over the world take prescription opioids for a wide range of reasons. There are some people who were prescribed this type of medication as a result of an injury that they sustained while there are several other people who take prescription opioids as a result … Read more

How Strong is Fentanyl and Why is it So Dangerous?

How Strong Is Fentanyl?

What Is Fentanyl?

Fentanyl drug is a synthetic opioid that was originally developed as a prescription opioid to use for severe pain management. Fentanyl has been used as a method of pain management for medical purposes including pain management for cancer patients or patients that are undergoing major surgery. Medicinally, fentanyl is administered through a fentanyl patch or as a prescription opioid. Due to the high potency of opioids present in fentanyl, there are some that begin experiencing substance abuse behaviors with fentanyl leading down a path of drug addiction. The illicit drug market began using fentanyl with other substances to increase its potency and reduce the costs of production by creating drugs that are laced with fentanyl. These varying combinations of substances have led to adverse effects on the users and, in some cases, lead to lethal doses by a drug overdose. 

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Long Term Side Effects of Opioids

Long Term Side Effects of Opioid

Opioid use disorder has become a major problem across the United States over the past two decades.  Prescription opioids administered to American pain sufferers, while seen initially as a saving grace for many, have become an issue that federal, state, and local governments have all had to address.  Although very useful for pain management, prescription synthetic opioids come with a number of possible dangers.  Additionally, illicit opioids like heroin still remain on the drug scene and are sometimes combined with opioids used for the treatment of chronic pain.  

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