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According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, opioids are a class of drugs that include the illicit drug heroin as well as some prescription and over-the-counter pain relievers. An addiction can form because opioids are chemically related and interact with opioid receptors in the brain and nervous system to produce pleasurable effects while relieving pain. Of the 21.5 million Americans 12 or older that had a substance use disorder in 2014, 1.9 million had a substance use disorder involving prescription pain relievers and 586,000 had a substance use disorder involving heroin. Drug overdose is the leading cause of accidental death in the U.S., so it is important to seek help if you or a loved one show signs of opioid addiction.

The American Addiction Center lists some symptoms of opioid addiction, which include:

  • Increased general anxiety
  • Euphoria
  • Psychosis
  • Improved self-esteem
  • Depression
  • Irritability
  • Lowered motivation
  • Unsuccessful attempts to decrease the amount taken
  • Improved alertness
  • Increased sensitivity to sensory stimuli
  • Increased heart rate
  • High blood pressure
  • Increased energy
  • Decreased appetite
  • Difficulty sleeping

The effects of opioid abuse as well as the withdrawal effects can be deadly, so seeking help from a health care professional is important to make sure the correct steps are taken to beat the addiction. Ongoing research on opioid abuse will help professionals know how to better treat those dealing with this substance abuse problem.

The Atlanta Center for Medical Research was founded in 1982 by Dr. Robert A. Riesenberg and is now one of the largest and most respected medical research institutions in the country. ACMR’s 150,000-square-foot, state-of-the-art, open-source research facility is a game changer for the medical research world. ACMR’s practices set the standard for medical research, facilitating the availability of safe and effective medicine to people everywhere.

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