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Frequently Asked Questions
What is Perscription Opiate Abuse?
Derived from the opium poppy plant, prescription opiates are highly addictive pain-relieving drugs. These drugs, such as oxycodone, fentanyl, and hydrocodone, bind to opioid receptors in the brain and body, reducing pain and producing feelings of relaxation and euphoria. While prescription opiates can effectively manage moderate to severe pain, they are also highly dangerous due to their addictive nature. Misuse and abuse of prescription opiates can lead to physical dependence, overdose, and even death. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), over 500,000 people died from opioid-related overdoses in the United States between 1999 and 2019, highlighting the urgent need for increased awareness and prevention efforts. It is essential to understand what prescription opiates are, their potential risks, and how to use them safely to avoid the harmful consequences of their misuse.