Tens of thousands of people die from opioid overdoses each year. Those numbers continue to go up, especially as highly potent and dangerous drugs like fentanyl overtake the streets. Opioids, which are a class of drugs that include prescription painkillers and heroin, cause respiratory depression. Respiratory depression is the cause of opioid overdoses resulting in death.
Opioids are highly addictive, and addiction can have severe consequences. People who struggle with opioid addiction may be more likely to engage in other risky behaviors, they may experience breakdowns in their relationships, and they may be unable to maintain a productive life. Untreated opioid addiction can also lead to criminal behaviors. There’s so much conversation about what can be done to curb these effects. One approach is medication-assisted treatment or MAT. Naltrexone pills are part of a complete MAT approach to opioid misuse, and they can also be used to help treat alcohol use disorder.
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