Facts About Narcotic Abuse
Pain relief is one of the most frequent reasons people go to the doctor. Even though there are lots of pain medications on the market, sometimes over the counter meds will not help so they turn to opiates. Opiates are narcotics, derived from opium, that provide pain relief. Opium comes from the poppy plant. The two natural products derived from opium are morphine and codeine. You can also synthesize opium to produce other opiates. These are:
- Percocet, Percodan, OxyContin
- Vicodin, Lorcet, Lortab
Using opiates for pain relief exposes patients to a high risk of addiction issues and possibly drug dependency. When opiates are injected or taken orally in high doses, they produce an intoxicating high. Opiates are also used as a powerful anxiety reliever. Because of these reasons, opiate abuse is one of the most common forms of substance abuse in the U.S.
Opiate addiction can cause recognizable withdrawal symptoms. Every narcotic addict will suffer withdrawal symptoms but these will vary from individual to individual.
Mild Withdrawal Symptoms
- Anxiety and tension
- Opiate cravings
- Restless and easily aggravated
- Aching muscles, joints, and bones
- Some lower back pain
- Lack of energy
Moderate Withdrawal Symptoms
You'll typically see these symptoms below combined with the mild symptoms above.
- Mild insomnia
- Runny nose
- Dilated pupils
- Increased perspiration
Severe Withdrawal Symptoms
You'll typically see more severe symptoms, like the ones below, combined with the mild and moderate symptoms above when opiate addiction is at its highest stage.
- Lower back pain
- Low-grade fever
- Pulse over 100 BPM
- Severe stomach cramps
- Increased breathing rate and depth
- Elevated pulse and blood pressure
- Moderate muscle, joint, and bone aching
It is very important for us to note that withdrawal signs, and symptoms, will differ from person to person. This will be seen in both the order of appearance and the severity of the symptoms. Some individuals may not exhibit some of the mild and moderate withdrawal signs and symptoms. You will, however, notice the more severe signs of withdrawal in all opiate addicts as these seem to be unavoidable.
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