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Opioids are a class of drugs that have given rise to what’s called the opioid epidemic or the opioid crisis. These drugs, which include prescription painkillers like oxycodone and hydrocodone as well as heroin, bind to certain central nervous receptors. In doing so, they relieve pain and also create feelings of euphoria that make them addictive.
Many people who become addicted to opioids started out taking them as prescribed for legitimate pain and then found they were abusing them and ultimately were addicted. It’s unfortunate because these drugs do have therapeutic benefits, but also many risks. People who begin abusing prescription opioids may also move on to using heroin because it’s cheaper and frequently more accessible.
Because of the opioid epidemic, there’s more attention focused on a prescription drug called naloxone. Naloxone is an opioid antagonist that when administered, reverses the effects of an opioid overdose. It is a life-saving drug, but it doesn’t deal with the root issues leading to opioid addiction.
Inside Addiction, Nov. 24–30: Trump’s Medicare Proposal, Amanda Bynes’ History of Addiction, Bruce Springsteen’s Mental HealthNovember 30, 2018
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