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Why is Opiate Addiction Harmful?

Opiates are drugs that are helpful in relieving pain. But excessive use of these drugs can lead to dependency which can be truly harmful. Since opiates help relieve pain, they are mostly used by medical facilities and are prescribed to patients. It is also important to mention that one illegal version of opiate is Heroin. When a user takes in an opiate, it helps them relax with pleasant euphoric feelings. Excessive usage is also known to inhibit the body to produce its natural pain killers which cause more dependence on the drug.

Some opiates such as heroin can also lead to other form of diseases among users such as AIDS. This normally happens due to the sharing of needles among addicts.

Stimulants

Stimulants such as Ritalin may be used in order to correct sleep disorders or treat ADHD are also subject to prescription abuse.

Symptoms include:

  • Agitation
  • Irritability
  • Weight loss
  • Insomnia
  • Irregular heartbeat
  • Restlessness
  • Increased blood pressure
  • Impulsive behavior

It is possible to become addicted to prescription drugs since they activate the reward centers of the brain. Overuse may lead to poor judgment, use of further illegal drugs, criminal activity, accidents, decreased performance in your professional life and troubled relationships.

Signs and Symptoms of Abuse

Every type of drug has their own signs and symptoms, but some of the common symptoms of abuse include:

  • Drowsiness
  • Confusion
  • Unsteady walking
  • Sweating
  • Poor coordination
  • Low blood pressure
  • High blood pressure
  • Insomnia
  • Irritability
  • Restlessness
  • Dizziness
  • Poor judgment

Symptoms of Opiate Addiction

Recognizing opiate addiction is easy!

Keep a look out for the following symptoms:

  • Excessive sleeping
  • Decrease personal hygiene
  • Loss of appetite
  • Lack of interest in life
  • Increased urge to consume opiates
  • Weight loss