While the entire country is feeling the painful outcome of having an opioid issue, Pennsylvania has been struggling more in recent years. According to the PA Department of Health:
Opioid painkillers are a class of drug that can treat people with moderate to high levels of pain. Let’s break down the various types of opioids:
Each of these drugs has the potential for addiction. Creating awareness of the addiction potential and the mechanism for addiction is an important step to curbing addiction.
Opioids are highly addictive because of how they affect the brain. When a person takes an opioid, the drug binds and activates receptors on brain cells, spinal cord cells, as well as other organs. Opioids then do two things: they block pain signals and release dopamine, which makes the person feel painless and euphoric.
Because of this feeling, people continue to use the drug and may develop an addiction. Once addicted, people may abuse their prescription in the following ways:
It’s incorrect to think that just because a drug is prescribed that is is not dangerous, or addictive.
We understand how prescription opioid addiction can put someone’s life on hold or tragically cut it short. If you or a loved one were prescribed opioids that led to an addiction or death, our team of attorneys may be able to help you. For a free consultation with our team at Scartelli Olszewski, P.C., contact us today.
Fatal and Non-fatal Drug Overdoses in Pennsylvania, 2019