What is Opioid Use Disorder?
Opioid use disorder can be defined as a continuous compulsion to use opioids despite physical, psychological or social harm to the user. Opioids are prescription opioid pain medications (OxyContin, Percocet, Vicodin, oxycodone, hydrocodone, morphine, etc.) and heroin.
Warning Signs & Symptoms
- Difficulty in controlling use
- A strong desire or sense of compulsion to take the substance
- Euphoria – feeling high
- Shallow or slow breathing
- Small pupils
- Nausea, vomiting
- Itching or flushed skin
- Slurred speech
- Confusion or poor judgment
Opioid use disorder is more common than many people think. Addiction to opioids is a serious public health problem with potentially devastating consequences.
Maintenance medications, along with counseling, can improve the chances of success to break free from opioid use and help you or your loved one stay on the road to recovery.