What are opiate drugs?

Opiate drugs are a category of drugs that are used to relieve moderate to severe pain. Some familiar pain medications are vicodin, percocet, oxycontin, and morphine. These drugs are often prescribed for dislocations, fractures, and lower back pain. Teen opiate drug addiction can lead to a serious health conditions, death and can even spiral into the use of illegal drugs.
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Why is teen opiate drug addiction so dangerous?

For adolescent’s suffering from opiate drug addiction the most serious risk is respiratory depression. Respiratory Depression means the slowing of respiratory action or simply the reduced number of breathes per minute. Slowed respiratory action may also lead to brain damage or even death.

Side effects of teen opiate drug addiction:

  • Constipation
  • Nausea
  • Sedation
  • Dizziness
  • Vomiting
  • Headaches
  • Dry mouth
  • Sweating
  • Weakness

Long Term Effects

An Opiate overdose can lead to severe respiratory depression, skeletal muscle flaccidity, reduction in blood pressure and heart rate, coma, respiratory arrest and death. A teen’s overuse of opiates may bring psychological and physical dependence or tolerance to Opiate drugs.
Other harms of Opiate addiction:
Many teen opiate drug users often overdose due to their tolerance to the drug. They take over the prescribed amount to achieve the same level of high produced from their normal dosage resulting in an overdose or respiratory depression. Teen opiate drug addiction may also lead its users who no longer have access to the drug to resort to use of illegal drugs such as heroine. Heroin has opiate compounds that produce similar effects as prescribed pain relieving medication causing opiate users to use heroin as a substitute which often leads to heroin addiction.

Teen Opiate Drug Addiction Treatment

Opiate addiction treatment is accessed by the patient’s needs which will determine the level of care our team at Inspirations for Youth and Families will provide. Our staff of qualified teen addiction professionals combines a motivational program with the “accountability” concept, emphasizing, respect for family, respect for others, and a teamwork approach towards daily goals and accomplishments.

Inspirations teen opiate drug addiction treatment programs are individually designed around a positive environment to boost the teen’s self-esteem and produce long term results.