Prescription Opioid Effects

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Every individual, more or less, has had a type of surgery, whether it was major or minor, and gone through excruciating pain. With that pain comes pills; Codeine, Percocet, Vicodin, the usual works. The scary part about all of these drugs aren’t the surgeries you have in order to receive them, it’s the fact that anyone can get these drugs, they don’t even need to have surgery or an existing medical condition. Many people I know on a close, personal level have told me that they have gotten drugs or had a friend who has gotten drugs via “some guy” or a family friend who happens to be a doctor that fraudulently signed over a prescription. Not only is this illegal, but it’s terrifying knowing that this is going on right in front of our eyes, but…show more content…
Prescription opiates, like codeine and hydrocodone, which is found in Vicodin, can cause pulmonary complications in users. Some opioid effects on the pulmonary system include: respiratory depression, bronchospasm, non-cardiogenic pulmonary edema and antitussive (Radke et al., 2014). Respiratory depression is essentially the weakening of the respiratory system, which inhibits full flow of oxygen to the lungs, making it harder to breath properly. Non-cardiogenic pulmonary edema decreases lung volumes, which, again, makes it harder to take in a full breath of air, leading to complications for the…show more content…
We know, of course, that this is not the case and their “recreational activities” will cause more harm than good for everybody, themselves, their families and first care responders. Easy access to these prescription drugs is becoming so out of hand that individuals that are actually in need of specific drugs now must go through hours upon hours of testing to see if they are being truthful or just trying to sneak a fast one past their medical providers for their own selfish benefit, whether it is to misuse the drugs themselves or to illegally sell them to others. According to the American Heart Association, even “non-steroidal anti-inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs), including commonly used painkillers such as ibuprofen, can trigger or worsen heart failure by causing sodium and fluid retention and making diuretic medications less effective” (AHA, 2016). Not many people know what these drugs do besides alleviate their pain at times, so without this knowledge, it’s no wonder these painkillers and other prescription drugs are being so misused and abused by today’s population. In the event that someone had overdosed on said drug and had no known previous medical history that involved interactions with it, it puts the first care responder in an uncertain and dangerous situation that could jeopardize the victim’s life when it all could have been avoided. Now,
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