For many drug addicts today, their first taste of addiction was through abusing marijuana or prescription painkillers. One in ten high school seniors in the U.S. admit to abusing prescription painkillers because of their easy accessibility, either through direct prescriptions or taking those belonging to a parent or friend. While one may not think they’re addicted to painkillers, especially when there are so many “worse” drugs out there like heroin and crack cocaine, painkillers can still lead to dependence and produce the same withdrawal symptoms that heroin does.
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There are many painkillers out there, but most pain-relieving medications fall into several categories.
Painkiller types include:
Non-opioid painkillers: Available both at pharmacies and through prescriptions, these include paracetamol and are the most common types of painkillers. They treat mild to moderate pain, such as headaches.
Anti-inflammatory drugs: Known as non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs, or NSAIDs, these include painkillers like ibuprofen and naproxen and can be used to treat mild to moderate pain including menstrual cramps.
Compound painkillers: This occurs when two drugs are combined into one – this can be a painkiller paired with an NSAID, or an opioid with a non-opioid painkiller. One example is cocodamol, a combination of paracetamol and codeine. These also treat mild to moderate pain such as injuries or osteoarthritis.
Opioid painkillers: These are only available by prescription and are highly addictive, including painkillers like codeine, tramadol, and morphine. They’re the strongest kind of painkillers.
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Why Painkillers Are So Addictive
Painkillers, unfortunately, do not cure the pain you have, but simply mask it. Some people who are taking painkillers may accidentally develop an addiction by continuing to take doses to ease their pain, which enables their bodies to produce a tolerance.
Opioids are the strongest painkillers and can produce euphoria, which is why so many Americans have become dependent on the drug in the past 20 years. It is estimated that 9.7 million people misused painkillers in the United States in 2019 alone.
Consequences of Addiction
While people may perceive painkillers to be harmless, the reality is that prolonged addiction can lead to serious health risks. One risk is respiratory depression, which occurs when high doses slow breathing to the point where it stops. Many opioid addicts have died in this way.
As is the case with all drug addiction, people who abuse painkillers can still go through withdrawals after a few hours of their last use.
Symptoms of withdrawal from painkillers include:
Muscle and bone pain
Painkiller addiction is one of the most difficult types of drug addiction to beat, a large reason being that it can be difficult to identify someone who has an addiction problem. If you suspect that you or someone you love is addicted, Freedom Detox has a painkiller detox plan for you. Our team of medical professionals is onsite and conducts safety checks, health screenings, and more to ensure your detox will go without any glaring problems.
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