How much do you know about Opioid Dependency & Treatment?
Opioids – What exactly are they?
Opioids are drugs that doctors prescribe for their patients who are in pain. When used as intended, these drugs provide the pain relief required to help patients recover from painful medical conditions that they have experienced. Unfortunately, some people become dependent to these drugs.
How is opioid dependency detected in a loved one or friend?
You know someone is dependent when stopping the use of these drugs makes them ill.
If I or my loved one is dependent, what should I do?
For those who are unable to stop taking a drug, certain medicines may be prescribed to help overcome their dependency. It is also imperative that people who are drug-dependent avoid others who are addicted and stay away from places where illegal drugs are available.
Counselors and support groups offer opportunities for those dependent on drugs to talk about their problem. Major Medical Clinic can help our patients who suffer from a drug dependency link up with these resources in their efforts to maintain sobriety.
Just how bad is the problem, here and across the Nation?
Over the past 15 years, communities across America have been devastated by increasing prescription and illicit opioid abuse, addiction, and overdose.
In 2016, 11 million Americans misused prescription opioids, nearly 1 million used heroin, and 2.1 million had an opioid use disorder due to prescription opioids or heroin. And every day, an estimated 90 Americans die from an opioid overdose—resulting in more than 300,000 deaths since 2000.
For more information, go to:
Major Medical Clinic Family Medicine
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services
Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration