Opioids are being prescribed by doctors to manage severe, long-term pain that over-the-counter pain relievers such as acetaminophen, aspirin, and ibuprofen cannot relieve. Although effective in pain management, taking opioids even in the short-term can predispose patients to opioid addiction.
Reports published by the National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) show that young adults aged 18-25 years old abuse prescription opioid the most. Likewise, 21 to 29% of patients who were prescribed opioids to treat pain misuse the drug.
Drug misuse often leads to addiction, which is a long-term disease that can cause major problems in the patients’ physical, social, and emotional well-being. Patients are also bound to experience financial problems, as they strive to sustain their opioid addiction.
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