Opioid abuse is a major health concern not only in Fort Lee but also across the United States. In fact, 42,000 people died in 2016 due to opioid overdose across the country, and 40% of those deaths were attributed to prescription opioids.1
In Bergen County, 40% of rehab admissions were due to abuse of heroin or prescription opioids.2 Prescription opioids are a class of drugs intended to treat moderate to severe pain, but they can be highly addicting, just like the illegal opioid, heroin.
Some of the most common prescription opioids include:3
- Hydrocodone (Vicodin).
- Oxycodone (OxyContin, Percocet).
- Oxymorphone (Opana).
Due to their addictive nature and widespread misuse, it is possible that you already know someone struggling with an opioid addiction. Signs that someone is misusing prescription opioids include:4,5
- Calling early for refills or reporting them lost or stolen.
- Seeking opioids from multiple sources.
- Decrease in activities the patient used to enjoy.
- Withdrawal symptoms, such as nausea, muscle cramps, agitation, runny eyes, and goose bumps.
Rehab centers in Fort Lee are accustomed to treating patients with opioid addiction. Search our directory for more information about rehab centers in Fort Lee and Bergen County. It’s important to carefully consider the options to find a rehab center that meets your or your loved one’s needs.
- Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. (2017). Opioid overdose.
- New Jersey Drug and Alcohol Abuse Treatment. (2017). Substance Abuse Overview 2016 Statewide.
- National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2018). Prescription Opioids.
- National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2008). Recognizing Opioid Abuse. Table on page 2
- National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2018). FDA approves first medication to reduce opioid withdrawal symptoms. Last sentence of first paragraph