What to Expect When Withdrawing from Opioids
The Center for Disease Control and Prevention notes that abuse of opioids and similar drugs has taken the lives of over 200,000 Americans since 1999, with prescription opioid overdose deaths increasing fivefold since then.
Prescription opioid abuse often results in increased tolerance to the drug, sedation, nausea and vomiting, respiratory depression, hormonal dysfunction, difficulty breathing and coma in extreme cases. Moreover, people who abuse prescription opioids are at a greatly increased risk of turning to heroin due to its widespread availability compared to opioids. If one is abusing opiois or similar painkillers, reducing and eliminating this drug is critically important.