Have you ever had an injury? Or maybe some kind of surgery?
If you have, you were likely prescribed pain pills to help during your recovery.
Those pain pills prescribed by doctors are called opioids. You’ve probably heard about that in the news a lot because it has become an epidemic problem.
You might wonder: how can something prescribed to help become such a problem?
Well, because people don’t always follow directions. And that can be dangerous, even deadly, when it comes to taking prescription pills that don’t belong to you OR taking them in a way your doctor didn’t recommend.
Taking these pills differently than prescribed can cause people to become addicted. Misusing the medication can create withdrawals. And that’s not pretty.
In fact, it’s really pretty horrible. Withdrawal symptoms could look something like this:
- Muscle and bone pain
- Sleep problems
- Cold flashes with goosebumps
- Involuntary leg movements
If you happen to be taking prescription medication now or in the future:
1.) Always take them only as prescribed by your doctor. If you forget or are unsure, you can find the directions on the bottle.
2.) Do not share your medication with anyone else. Your medication is prescribed to you based on your medical circumstances, body size and so on.
If you, or someone you know, needs help Youth Outreach is available. Stop by, or give us a call at 1.866.538.8023