Dangers of Opiate Pain Relievers: What You Need to Know

Opiate pain relievers are widely used worldwide to treat a variety of conditions, usually those involving chronic pain. Opiates include substances such as morphine, heroin, and thebaine. Generally, they are highly addictive because they come from the same source–the opium poppy.

Opiates help manage pain. However, there’s a catch. Opiates are one of the most abused drugs in many countries, particularly the United States. While it’s not widely abused here in the Philippines, there are still those who manage to illegally obtain these pills for abuse.

opioid pain relievers

Prescription opiate pain relievers include codeine, fentanyl, demerol, oxycodone, and hydrocodone.

Effects of Opiates

Morphine has been used throughout the years for controlling pain. Still, like all other opiates, users feel some kind of high, which give them short-term effects such as:

  • sedation
  • drowsiness
  • euphoria
  • pain relief

Overtime, abusing opiate pain killers can lead to other symptoms such as lethargy, paranoia, respiratory depression, drowsiness, and lethargy.

Long-term abuse can result to nausea, bloating, constipation, liver damage, brain damage, development of tolerance, fear of withdrawal symptoms, and dependence.

Withdrawal symptoms include flu-like signs and pinprick pupils and minor to major discomfort that can last for days.

Do you know someone who have been abusing opiate pain relievers? Call or text us at 09175098826 to know your treatment options.

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