Narcotics, also called opioids, are a necessary and important part of medical care. Painkillers — narcotic analgesics — contain some type of opioid medication to ease discomfort and pain. The benefit of administering analgesics is the relief of pain and suffering.
Narcotics come with risks and dependency. Substance abuse affects all socioeconomic groups and has become a major medical, social, and economic challenge for society. According to the Centers for Disease Control, one in 68 people in the US is a substance abuser and 19.5 million people over the age of 12 use illegal drugs resulting in 19,000 deaths per year.
A medication is misused whenever a person indiscriminately uses the medication (such as when an individual uses medication that was prescribed for someone else). A medication becomes abused when the person continually self-medicates resulting in a physical and/or a psychological dependence on the drug.
Depending on what drug a person has taken, symptoms of addiction and overdose vary. It is not always easy to recognize overdose symptoms when someone has used too much of an opioid drug, because the drug’s effects are so similar. People may not realize they are experiencing an overdose, especially if they are heavily under the influence of that drug. Some of the symptoms of overdose include severe chest pain, seizure, severe headache, difficulty breathing, and either delirium, extreme agitation, or anxiety.
Alternative treatments are Acetaminophen, NSAIDs, Corticosteroids, Topical medications, Injections, massage, exercise and Physical Therapy.
As a patient at Brielle Orthopedics I understand all the risks with narcotic use and reviewed my alternative options. I understand the risk of developing a physical or psychological dependence on these drugs. I will comply with my providers recommendations and all local and federal narcotic laws.