Opioid Addiction Treatment
Information for Loved Ones
Every day, more than 130 people in the United States die from opioid overdose. The misuse of and addiction to opioids – including prescription pain relievers, heroin, and synthetic opioids such as fentanyl – is a national crisis. Now more than ever, it is important to learn the warning signs of opioid overdose and what to do in an emergency.
The National Institute of Drug Abuse (NIDA) defines addiction as a chronic, relapsing brain disease that is characterized by compulsive drug seeking and use, despite harmful consequences. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), deaths in the United States from prescription opioids, such as oxycodone, hydrocodone, and methadone, have quintupled since 1999.