The Death Of Medical Complications

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As if addiction and an overdose death are not bad enough, there are many other dangers stemming from the abuse of opioids. BODILY DAMAGE FROM AN OVERDOSE Death is only one of the possible outcomes of an overdose. Low oxygen levels from respiratory depression can lead to a stroke, brain death, heart attack, and damage to other organs (such as the pancreas, liver and kidneys). These complications are common, under-appreciated, and under-reported by news media. Medical complications can be catastrophic: • A stroke can lead to brain death that ultimately leads to physical death. • A stroke, when not fatal, can impair any of the five senses, such as the ability to smell, taste, see, and speak. Even the person’s ability to move can be impaired because the brain controls the movement of our muscles. • A heart attack is also possible. Like the brain, the heart requires a regular supply of oxygen to function properly. Interrupting the oxygen supply can lead to a heart attack, even in younger individuals with healthy hearts. A heart attack can be deadly or lead to permanent damage to the muscles or the valves of the heart, typically resulting in congestive heart failure and possibly the need for a heart transplant ( • Inadequate supply of oxygen to other organs such as the kidneys, liver, and pancreas can also lead to permanent damage to those organs. PHYSICAL HEALTH PROBLEMS Addicts routinely neglect physical and dental health problems, thereby allowing
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