Could You Be at Risk for Painkiller Addiction?

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Experts spell out early warning signs for opioid drug problems….

Opioid painkillers – prescription drugs such as Vicodin, Oxycontin and codeine – have legitimate uses for acute, severe pain or tough-to-treat chronic pain. But with growing awareness of the overprescribing, overdose and addiction potential of these drugs, it’s clear they need to be taken with care. If you’re worried about your opioid regimen – or a loved one’s – experts describe early signs of trouble and discuss how to take these drugs safely.  You can click HERE to link to the online article.

Highlights include: 

Causes for Concern

Before you Begin

Ready for a Refill?

Cautionary Tale

Do you know where your drugs are?

Family Lookout

By Lisa Esposito – Lisa Esposito is a Patient Advice reporter at U.S. News.