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Signs of Opioid Abuse

Opioids such as heroin and hydrocodone are highly addictive, and opioid dependence has become an epidemic in the United States. About 2 million Americans abuse opioids and 40,000 will die this year from opioid overdose.

Opioid abuse is overwhelmingly devastating to our country, especially in the midst of the current opioid crisis.

Taking into consideration that approximately:

  • 30,000 will die this year from non-opioid drug overdoses
  • 40,000 will die this year from opioid overdose
  • 480,000 will die this year from nicotine dependence
  • 500,000 will die this year from oxidized food addiction and its symptoms:
    • Ischemic heart disease
    • Cancer
    • Stroke or atrial fibrillation
    • Diabetes type 2
    • Alzheimer’s
    • Mood disorders
  • More than 1 million Americans will die this year secondary to substance abuse, addiction
  • Substance dependence or addiction is the leading cause of death in the United States

Opioid abuse is beyond the abuse of any other drugs in terms of its reach.

Why Do People Become Addicted to Opioids?

Opioids are more than capable of making your mind, brain and body trust that opioids are essential for survival. The best way to avoid opioid addiction is to consult with an opioid addiction specialist before seeking the assistance of a medical specialist that often prescribes opioids instead of non-narcotic alternatives in conjunction with a major lifestyle makeover.

It is empirical knowledge that doctors who prescribe opioids to people, other than hospice patients, are not adequately educated, skilled or experienced in opioid detoxification and rehabilitation. Because, if they were adequately educated, skilled or experienced in opioid detoxification and rehabilitation they would recommend non-narcotic alternatives in conjunction with a major lifestyle makeover.

Some signs of opioid abuse/ opioid addiction include:

  1. Associating with new groups of people
  2. Changing friends
  3. Spending time alone
  4. Avoiding family
  5. Avoiding friends
  6. Decreased interest in pleasurable activities
  7. Inconsistent bathing patterns
  8. Less attentive to appearance
  9. Poor oral hygiene
  10. Fatigue
  11. Unhappiness
  12. Binge eating or barely eating
  13. Overly energetic
  14. Logorrheic or hyper-talkative
  15. Making little or no sense
  16. Anxiety
  17. Cranky
  18. Rapid cycling mood changes
  19. Sleeping at strange times
  20. Missing appointments
  21. Involvement with the law
  22. Keeping an erratic schedule
  23. Money problems

Opioid withdrawal often include the following:

  • Drug cravings
  • Anxiety
  • Irritability
  • Insomnia
  • Abdominal pain
  • Vomiting
  • Diarrhea
  • Shaking or tremors
  • Feeling cold

Signs of opioid overdose include:

  • Slow, shallow breathing
  • Extreme sleepiness
  • Cannot keep eyes open
  • Eyes rolling back
  • Unresponsiveness
  • Inability to talk
  • Blue skin color
  • Dark-colored lips
  • Snoring or gurgling sounds, often referred to as the “death rattle”

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