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Opioid Abuse: Why They Are Easily Falling into the Wrong Hands

Opioid Abuse: Why They Are Easily Falling into the Wrong Hands
 

Opioid abuse has become a big problem in the United States. More and more people are getting their hands on these dangerous drugs. Harvard public health researchers investigated and found that among 623,957 hospitalizations, 14.9 percent received opioids within a week of being discharged. These painkillers often get abused and lead to users getting involved with heroin. Why do opioids get into the hands of people who will use them illicitly? Here’s why:

Raiding Cabinets of Family or Friends

High school students and even children are getting their hands on opioids in order to achieve a high. The way they get their hands on the drug is by going through their parents’ or friends’ medicine cabinets and taking some. The result is that they get hooked on these painkillers and continuously take opioids that aren’t prescribed to them. If you are prescribed to opioids and notice needing to re-fill your prescription more often, that could be a sign that a family member or one of their friends is taking some for their own benefit.

Sharing Prescriptions with Each Other

Many people who are prescribed opioids do not finish their prescription. The bottle of leftover opioids then sits in a cabinet unguarded, allowing someone to take them without anyone noticing they’re gone. Not only that, but some people will share the rest of their prescription with friends or relatives, who can then become hooked on opioids. In a survey done by Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health, 57 percent out of 3,300 people had leftover medications and 49 percent of those people said they would keep it for future use, while almost 21 percent said they shared their medications with others.

Prescriptions Can Cause Addiction

Even those who are prescribed opioids and use them as described can fall victim to opioid abuse. Likewise, if a person takes their prescription longer than instructed or takes more than what is prescribed, they can find themselves dependent on opioids and will notice that they need more of the drug in order to achieve the same effect.

What Can Be Done to Stop Opioid Abuse

Opioid abuse can be stopped and we all have a part to play in it, especially those who are prescribed them. For those who have a prescription for opioids, make sure you keep your prescription in a location that isn’t easily accessible to others and ensures that you are taking them exactly as prescribed and do not share your prescription with others. If a friend or family member offers you their opioid prescription to relieve pain, say no. There are many over-the-counter options that can help reduce pain. Last, but not least, we can spread the word and educate others on the signs and symptoms of opioid abuse, and how everyone can be responsible for them.

Opioid Abuse Treatment at Best Drug Rehabilitation

At Best Drug Rehabilitation, we have acknowledged the fact that there is a serious opioid abuse problem in the United States. We know that more and more people have gotten their hands on opioids and have become dependent on them. However, we also have the tools to help those who are struggling with an opioid addiction become free of their addiction.

We do our best to offer a very unique approach to addiction treatment that encompasses all the many different aspects of the physical, spiritual and emotional issues involved with addiction. If you or a loved one are struggling with an opioid addiction and would like to learn more about how we can help, please contact us at (888) 543-5009.

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