Prescription painkillers, also known as opiates dull pain and produce pleasure. Many teens experiment with them because they can sometimes even be found in your own medicine cabinet at home, such as after a parent’s surgery. A common myth is that because prescription opiates are a type of medicine, they are safe to use for anyone. After all, a doctor has prescribed them (even if they were not prescribed for you). But narcotics are not like Tylenol or another over-the-counter medication.
These drugs come from the same plant that produces heroin; the poppy. Everyone knows heroin is dangerous, and prescription drugs can be just as dangerous and life-threatening as heroin – and just as addictive. These drugs are designed to have a very intense effect on the brain and nervous system. Common prescription narcotics include Oxycodone, Oxycontin, Codeine, Methadone, Hydrocodone, Morphine, Fentanyl, Vicodin. They all may sound glamorous and fine; they are anything but and kicking the habit of any of these drugs is excutiatingly painful and extremely slow.
Health Care Management These narcotics may be prescribed by doctors to help relieve pain after a surgery or major injury. The problem is that their effect is so pleasing that the body continues to crave them even after proper recovery time. They can be even more addictive than illegal street drugs.
Teens (and adults) who use prescription narcotics, even just to experiment, quickly form a dependency that they cannot control. In many cases this even leads to death by overdose. If you, or someone you know, are struggling with a dependency or addiction to prescription opiates, seek a drug outreach program or counselor for help.
You can choose to withdraw from opiates in Utah or any other place in the world that has facilities for that purpose.
The results of prescription opiate use and abuse can be lethal. An outreach program can help you or someone you care about get the help for a prescription narcotic addiction.