Prescription drugs and opioids are used for pain management and are prescribed by a medical professional. Despite the intended use, many people misuse the medication and take more than directed. Prescription drugs and opioids can be very addictive, and for that reason, doctors and pharmacists emphasize the importance of taking the medication as prescribed.

We are now in a public health crisis due to the staggering increase in opioid-related deaths. In 2015, over 33,000 Americans died from an opioid overdose, including prescription opioids, heroin, and the illegally manufactured fentanyl, which is a powerful synthetic opioid (Opioid Overdose Crisis, 2018). The misuse of prescription drugs and opioids has led to an opioid epidemic and a national health crisis.

Opioid-related overdoses and deaths are occurring at an alarming rate as more people develop an opioid addiction. The availability of ordering opioids on the Internet creates easy access to the drugs. When a person buys drugs online from an illegal source, there is no way to tell what fillers are used in the drug. For example, some contain household chemicals, artificial fillers, and other more potent drugs, such as fentanyl and other substances. The medication can also be contaminated or counterfeit.

The in-person dealers are less likely to supply tampered substances because they want to keep your business. However, other addictive potent drugs could be added to increase the probability of the buyer returning for more. Many in-person dealers know their buyers personally and want the buyers to keep coming back. The online drug sources do not care about their buyers because they can easily replace them. Avoid buying illegal drugs anywhere and only buy legally with a prescription from a medical professional.

Medication should always be used as prescribed. Never share prescription medication or painkillers with anyone. Not only is it illegal, sharing painkillers can cause health complications and if the person is on other medications, it could interfere with its effectiveness. In addition, the person you share with may be struggling with an opioid dependency and your medication might only fuel the addiction.

If you or a loved one is struggling with a drug or alcohol addiction, get help today. Nexus Recovery Services specializes in addiction treatment and encompasses holistic therapy for the mind, body, and soul with a focus on our clients’ overall health and well-being. Our mission is to provide tools and support for every client’s seamless transition into a meaningful and fulfilling life without drugs or alcohol. We offer a free and confidential consultation. Call us to get started: 310-881-9151

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