It is well known that there are inherent risks with using street drugs, such as heroin, but not as many people are aware of the risks of opioid drug abuse and prescription drugs. Taking too many of the prescribed dosage, snorting, or injecting the medication can lead to problems that many do not consider.
Since the opiate pain reliever is prescribed, many do not give it the respect it deserves. Still, some are predisposed to certain risk factors and side effects of opiates. You should consider these dangerous side effects of using an opioid drug.
The risk of addiction is present with many drugs. Most people equate street drugs with addiction, but it is surprisingly easy to become dependent to prescription pain killers. This would entail taking more of the medication than prescribed, taking it in a way that it is not intended, or taking it despite the negative impact in your life. As with heroin, prescription opiates could be at risk for these behaviors.
Determining who becomes dependent to these medications is not possible. It has nothing to do with a person’s relative weakness or strength. It is simply a risk factor of the medication, and it can come down to body chemistry. If you need prescription pain medications for chronic pain, it is important to take them only as directed and in the prescribed dosages.
One of the possible risks of taking an opiate drug is overdose. This is more common when taking street drugs that don’t have a dosage rating assigned to them. In this way, users take what they think is a small dose and end up overdosing on a bag that was too much for them. In addition, with physical dependence, the drug user will need more to create a high. Taking more medication for this reason is a primary cause of overdose.
It should be noted that prescription medications could also cause opioid overdose. Most people take the drugs as prescribed, but when they are taken in dosages greater than the doctor intends, overdose is a possibility. This also applies to taking the drugs through other routes, such as snorting or injecting. If you bring the drug into the bloodstream this way, it could bypass the liver and kidneys that filter out some of the drug. The dose could be too high in a pill form to safely inject, and this causes opioid overdose.
Street drug and prescription drug abuse could both lead to disease when the opioid drug is injected. First, dirty needles shared between users can lead to HIV and hepatitis B, both of which are deadly diseases. They are blood borne, and they can easily be transferred from one user to another if the needles are shared.
However, one important point that is often ignored with injecting drugs is the high risk of infection. If, the sites used for injection are not properly sterilized as would happen in a hospital, and it can lead to local infection at the site. In addition, since the drug is being introduced into the bloodstream, it is quite common to get a systemic infection, or sepsis. This type of infection could be deadly, and it can be difficult to treat.
Injecting drugs of any kind outside the hospital venue usually opens the user up to deadly and stubborn diseases that require focused medical attention. It is just another way that drug use can harm the user.