Over The Dose

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A thorough resource about opioids – if you have questions about this addictive substance, you will probably find the answer here: http://overthedosevt.com/

Even though opioids are prescribed by a doctor, using them in any way other than prescribed, even occasionally, is dangerous. The way prescription opioids affect your brain is the same as heroin, making them both risky and highly addictive.

While opioids are prescribed for certain short-term pain, the CDC (Centers for Disease Control and Prevention) states that 3 days or less of opioid treatment is usually enough, while opioid use for more than 7 days is rarely needed nor effective. Vermont’s new pain prescribing rule limits the length of someone’s first pain reliever prescription to 3 to 7 days. A number of options for managing pain are available, and most of these are not opioids.