The addiction that stems from the misuse of opioids, including prescription pain relievers, heroin, and synthetic opioids is a serious national crisis that affects public health. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimates that the total financial burden of prescription opioid misuse alone in the United States is $78.5 billion per year, including the costs of healthcare, lost productivity, addiction treatment and rehabilitation, and criminal justice involvement. In this episode of Am I Going To Die, Dr. Gallups and Melissa Moritz take a look at the common myths associated with the use of opioids and problems that can follow.
What you will learn in this episode:
- What is an opioid?
- Are opioids the only way to seek treatment for pain?
- If I have withdrawal, am I addicted?
- How do you become addicted to an opioid?
- What is the difference between tolerance, dependence, and addiction?
- If I have chronic pain, am I going to become addicted?
- And SO MUCH MORE!
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