Opioid Use: Signs of Misuse, Adverse Effects, and Treatment
Opioids are substances that are known for their pain-relieving effects. They include both legal and some illegal substances that may have the potential for misuse, which can potentially lead to dependence and/or addiction.1
If you or someone you know is struggling with opioid addiction, know that you’re not alone. Opioid addiction and overdose are serious public health problems in the United States. In 2019, 10.1 million people reported misusing opioids in the past year, with 9.7 million of these people misusing prescription opioids.2
Whether you use opioids as prescribed or misuse opioids, it’s important to understand the dangers that may be associated with them. This may help to prevent potential adverse health effects, addiction, overdose, and even death. Keep reading to learn more about:
- Opioid addiction.
- Causes of opioid addiction.
- Options for opioid addiction treatment.