Addiction to opioids can happen to people who seek new highs, or those who have been prescribed certain medications. In either case, the affected individual is a victim of circumstances. It is estimated that millions of opioid addiction suffers are struggling to get help.
If you were prescribed opioids for an injury or illness, getting hooked is not unusual. For many victims of this scourge, opioids represent a decline into further ill health and even death. For those who have lived a life controlled by opioids or have lost a loved one to addiction, there is the potential for seeking compensation.
Vicodin and OxyContin are two drugs that come to mind when discussing opioid addiction. These narcotics were often overprescribed for those suffering from painful injuries and other medical conditions. Additionally, there has long been a trend of medicating patients who suffer from psychological issues with opioids.
Opioids are not inherently bad as a medication. How these drugs are administered, to whom and the education provided are some of the most common issues that lead to addiction. It is the responsibility of drug manufacturers and relevant medical professionals who distribute opioids to make patients aware of the risks.
Going from a fully functioning adult who can handle day-to-day activities to somebody who struggles to function is a major side-effect of opioid addiction. Some drugs that are prescribed for pain can dull the senses and, in many cases, leave you in a state of euphoria.
The problem with these side-effects is that the user of opioids begins to crave the high. You may not need a higher dosage to control pain, but the loss of euphoria is often what triggers addiction. Your doctor has a duty to identify medical needs, which includes the psychological impact of prolonged opioid use.
Race Law Firm
At Race Law Firm, we are committed to helping those who have fallen into the trap of opioid addiction. Our legal representatives will treat you with understanding and compassion. Rebuilding a life worth living after addiction recovery may not be easy, but having compensation for your injuries can help. Call today to book your initial consultation.
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