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Opioids are narcotic pain relievers, prescribed for short-term treatment of moderate to severe pain, as after a surgery.  Examples include hydrocodone (such as Vicodin), oxycodone (such as Percocet), and codeine (used in some medications to treat cough).

Opioids are not harmless. According to Beacon Health Options, opioid overdose is now the No. 1 cause of accidental death in America.  Every day, over 1,000 people are treated in emergency departments for using or misusing prescription opioids. Anyone who takes opioids, even for a short amount of time, is at risk for addiction and death.

Explore the chart below for information on everything from questions to ask your provider if you are prescribed an opioid, all the way to how to get help for addiction.

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According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention , as many as 1 in 4 people who receive prescription opioids long-term for non-cancer pain in primary care settings struggles with addiction1. Opioid addiction is not a character flaw or moral failing but rather, a medical condition, like diabetes or heart disease. People of all ages and occupations are at risk for opioid addiction. People with mental health conditions like anxiety or depression are more at risk for developing an opioid addiction.
Signs and symptoms of addiction:

  • Reduced social interaction
  • Poor memory and concentration
  • Mood swings
  • Apathy and depression
  • Neglecting work or school
  • Personal hygiene deterioration
  • Preoccupation with obtaining drugs, even by illegal means
  • Seeking additional money to purchase drugs
  • Unable to reduce the amount of drugs taken
Still unsure if you might be addicted? Take this quiz to find out.