Quick Guide on Opioid Abuse and Addiction
Opioid abuse and addiction have become major problems in the United States. The Director of the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the federal agency that studies drug abuse, describes opioid abuse now as "a public health epidemic with devastating consequences."
Opioids are chemically similar to endorphins, chemicals that the body produces naturally and give you the rush you sometimes feel with exercise, stress, or certain foods. Thus, opioids often make people feel very happy and euphoric. As a result, they often use opiods to get high.
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