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The Extreme Danger of Opioids

June 21, 2018

According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, more than 155 people in the United States die every day from opioid overdose. At CADS, we know this issue is prevalent in the communities we serve, and we want to give you the information you need to know about opioids.

What are opioids? Opioids are a class of drugs that include heroin and prescription pain relievers like oxycodone, hydrocodone, morphine, and fentanyl. These drugs interact with the nervous system and produce pleasurable effects while relieving pain. It is estimated that 2 million Americans had a substance use disorder involving prescription pain killers.

The American Society of Addiction Medicine says that drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the United States.

How does addiction occur? As a person’s brain becomes more used to the feelings opioids produce, it takes more of them to experience that same feeling. This leads to abuse and addiction.

If you suspect someone you know may be abusing opioids here are some signs you may notice.

A slower breathing rate
Slower reaction time
Constricted pupils
Withdrawal from activities and commitments
Visits to different doctors in a short amount of time

The signs of opioid abuse often appear very early on in use. It’s important to have a conversation with your loved one as soon as you can. If you need help starting the conversation, read our blogs about early intervention and knowing when it’s time to intervene.

The opioid crisis is severely affecting the Midwest as a Centers for Disease Control and Prevention study found that in the last year opioid overdoses have increased 70% in the region.

At CADS, we want to help keep the Quad Cities community safe from illicit drugs and overdoses. Call us at (563) 326-1150 - we are ready to work with you to help your lo

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