By  Jennifer Nevels, NMD

Opioids are a class of medications that are prescribed by physicians for severe pain. The two most common are Codeine and OxyContin, typically given after a major surgery or injury for short term pain relief. Injuries sustained from athletics, car, biking or skate boarding accidents are examples of possibilities for it to be recommended. The problems with these medications come from their addictive nature. To help ease the pain the need to take the drug more frequently becomes an issue. A survey for Arizona teens showed that one in four prescribed opioids were using them inappropriately. Teens didn’t realize the consequences of taking more medication if needed as 18% in this survey agreed that it was ok to take more of the medication if their pain increased.

Unfortunately, opioids can give a joyous feeling that makes it easier to abuse. The ultimate concern with this is the ability for the medication to cause overdose and potentially death. If you or a friend are in the cycle of misuse please reach out to a physician, parent or services like the Chandler Coalition on Youth Substance Abuse for guidance.

This is information only – NOT medical advice