Essay about Symptoms And Treatment Of Opioid Drugs

825 Words Nov 18th, 2015 4 Pages
Many people take over-the-counter medications to help relieve pain from soreness, mild headaches or any other aches. Once over-the-counter medication no longer works, people often ask their doctors for something stronger; a prescription opioid. Opioid drugs work by attaching to opioid receptors in the brain, spinal cord, and other areas to the body. Then they reduce the pain messages from being sent to the brain, thus, reducing the feelings of pain. ("Opiate Abuse & Addiction Effects, Signs & Symptoms") People that are prescribed opioids have severe pain that does not respond well or help reduce paid when taking other pain medications. Whilst many opioid painkillers are used in their correct manner prescribed by doctors, certain individuals may become addicted to the way the prescription drug makes them feel.
The cause of addiction is rising faster then most people would imagine. “It is estimated that between 26.4 million and 36 million people abuse opioids worldwide, with an estimated 2.1 million people in the United States suffering from substance use disorders related to prescription opioid pain relievers in 2012 and an estimated 467,000 addicted to heroin.” (America’s Addiction to Opioids.) This piece of information is explaining how rapidly addiction is affecting the world and causing people to find the reason why more and more addictions are being found. The cause of addiction can be formed from an assortment of different symptoms. The different symptoms can stem…

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