just seems like addiction to painkillers is getting worse over time. Initially it starts by treatment from a doctor for chronic pain due to an accident, injury or illness and treated with narcotics. It is estimated there is two million people are on opiate painkillers. When taken as directed opiate abuse rarely happens.
Common drugs most commonly prescribed by doctors
Other opiates include: Darvon, Demerol and Dilaudid,
medications with codeine and morphine, are included as opiates too.
Pain medicine overdose has taken over marijuana and cocaine abuse in some areas. Research estimates that 9% of the population has taken drugs of some kind in their lifetime. People with substance abuse problems or relatives are at a higher risk
for addiction, and need to be careful when taking narcotics.
Examples of opiates are vicodinÂ®, oxycontinÂ®, PercocetÂ®. Others are darvonÂ®, DemerolÂ® and dilaudidÂ®, medications with codeine and morphine in them.
When your body sends off a trigger to your brain wanting more, this is when painkiller addiction occurs. When it happens your body needs a basic amount in your body to fulfill its narcotics addiction requirements. If not your body goes through withdrawal symptoms, causing addiction, in addition to the severe chronic pain symptoms.
Symptoms of pain medication overdose
Getting to much pain medication can cause an intense "rush" or "high" which can cause breathing problems in some peopleâ¦and even death. Not taking drugs for pain when you really need them can lead to other problems, fatigue, high blood pressure, lower immune system and depression. Long-term use of painkillers may make you tolerant to the opioids drug, and require you to take more.
- Consult your doctor if your pain reliever stops working. Don't increase the dose - or take it more often - on your own.
- Follow usage instructions. Do not chew, break or crush tablets before swallowing.
- If you forget to take a dose and it is almost time for the next pill, skip the missed one. Never take a double dose.
- Don't use someone else's prescription.
- Always have your medicine prescribed by the same doctor.
- Don't take pain medicine to dull anxiety, stress or depression.
- Don't use opiates if drinking alcohol or taking other drugs that depress the nervous system (e.g., sleeping pills or antianxiety drugs). The mix is very dangerous.