Unfortunately, we are currently experiencing an epidemic of opioid addiction and overdose in this country. If you watch the news, you can’t help but hear and see too many tragic stories of addiction that start with a script for a painkiller.
What starts off to deal with pain from injury or surgery can easily lead to serious problems. A recent study showed that 86% of heroin users who were studied started off with prescription opioids. This is a crazy high statistic, and it should be alarming to anyone.
So first, let’s talk a little about what opioids are and how to recognize them.