The medicinal value of opioids as a painkiller drug is well-established, especially in cases where the pain is more severe, which is when the doctor may recommend a stronger prescription opioid. However, opioids have a narcotic base, and can result in serious side effects, including addiction, if not used correctly.
This rampant misuse led to a prescription opioid crisis, starting from the early 2000s, culminating in declaration of a national public health emergency in 2017. Read all about the vicious grip of the ‘wonder drug’ in this infographic, and the corrective steps being taken.
Opioid Drugs – From ‘Wonder Drug’ To A National Drug Abuse Crisis:
Infographic by – LabRoots