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Opiate withdrawal occurs after ceasing use of opiates dramatically. While dependency on the drugs varies from person to person, the recovery period is long and difficult, as the body takes time to recover from the effects of the drug and eliminate physical dependency on it.
Symptoms of opiate withdrawal include:
After these earlier symptoms, the addict may experience other symptoms at the later stages of opiate withdrawal such as:
According to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), the groups of people that are more vulnerable to opiate addiction than others, include people who are mentally-ill, people that have a history of substance abuse, take a high dosage of opiates, indulge in doctor shopping and low-income people.
The alarming rise of opiate addiction has led to numerous counter addiction measures by the government of Brownsville which include the Prescription Drug Monitoring Programs (PDMPs). The purpose of PDMPs is to keep track of the prescriptions given to patients, provide education, raise awareness, decrease pills mills, cut down on doctor shopping and encourage environment friendly disposal methods for unnecessary or expired medication.
Opiate addiction is caused by the consumption of opiate based drugs which include opium, Oxycodone, Oxycontin and Morphine.
While some people use these drugs for recreational purposes, others may get easily addicted to them and become physically dependent on the substance. Opiate addiction is a deadly disease in which the affected person suffers from a central nervous system breakdown.
Meth, also known as methamphetamine, is a highly addictive drug which is known to cause addiction right from the start. Users become hooked to the drug because it creates a false sense of happiness and high self esteem. Other effects of the drug include insomnia, irritability, anxiety, decreased appetite, and even hallucinations and paranoia in the long run. Excessive use can ultimately result in strokes and even death.