How Does the Opioid Crisis Affect Me

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All you need to do is turn on the news and you will see how the opioid crisis is impacting America. Everyday thousands of people, young and old succumb to overdose and opiate related deaths. The opioid crisis may seem far away, or the crisis may be as close as your backyard and personally affected you. No matter which category you fall in, the opioid crisis in America does affect you.

Researchers estimate that over 90 people die of opiate related deaths each day. Since the late 1990’s, opiate related deaths have more than quadrupled. Sales of legal opiates have also increased over the past twenty years.

Opiates can be found in heroin, but are also found in pharmaceuticals like fentanyl, hydrocodone, morphine, and other prescription pain medications. Signs of opiate overdose include small pupils, respiratory distress, and unconsciousness.

If you suspect your loved one is addicted to illegal or prescribed opiates, you should watch out for signs of opiate dependence.

Symptoms of dependence include.

  • Seeing multiple doctors for prescriptions
  • Money being unaccounted for
  • Nodding or a drowsy appearance
  • Scratching or itching
  • Constipation
  • Sweating
  • Agitation when out of opiates
  • Decreased appetite
  • Over arousal
  • Inability to stop

If you suspect that your loved one has an addiction to legal or illegal opiates, recovery is their choice. Even though your loved one has to make the first step towards recovery, you can help them by trying to tell them that you think they may have an addiction.

Some loved ones stage an intervention to talk with their loved one. An intervention is when the family and close friends meet with your loved one with the help of an addiction intervention specialist in an effort to get your loved one into treatment.

Even if you don’t have the resources for an intervention, it can be helpful to let your loved one know that you are concerned. You can decide to not give your loved one money or aide their addiction. You can tell your loved one that you can’t help their addiction because you don’t want to watch them harm themselves any longer.

Help is just a phone call away. At The Kimberly Center, we care about your loved one. Call us now at 855-4-KCENTER. We are committed to helping your loved one stop the cycle of addiction with detox, education, and treatment At the Kimberly Center, your loved one is in safe hands.

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