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The Opioid Epidemic – What Do I Need to Know?

By February 15, 2017 News/Info
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Our country is facing a serious epidemic. Since 1999, the number of overdose deaths involving opioids (including prescription opioids and heroin) quadrupled according to the CDC.

Unfortunately, anyone who takes prescription opioids, whether prescribed after surgery or injury can become addicted to them. There has been a huge increase in the number of prescriptions written and access to prescription drugs has widely increased. Pharmaceutical companies also aggressively market their products, and these factors combined has led to more people getting addicted.

Heroin use has also increased dramatically in the US. Many people who are addicted to heroin have been addicted to other drugs in the past, such as cocaine or prescription pain killers. More than 9 in 10 people who used heroin also used at least one other drug.

When someone is abusing opiates, they will often appear tired and drowsy. They may also have poor memory and concentration, and display mood swings. If you know someone who is struggling, there are ways you can help. You can talk to them and see if they will seek treatment. Watching a loved one struggle with addiction is a very painful thing to see, and it can damage families and friendships forever.

If you or someone you know is ready to kick their addiction, Ütest is here to help. We offer an Opiates Drug Test, as well as 3 Panel, 5 Panel and 12 Panel Drug Tests. Our home drug testing kits are simple to use and you can read your results in about 10 minutes.

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