How Addictive are Opioids?

Opioid addiction can lead to serious health problems — but how addictive are opioids?


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  • Opioids block pain signals and release large amounts of dopamine throughout the body. Opioid addiction occurs when someone becomes dependent on the pleasurable feelings created by opioid use. Addiction can happen in as little as five days.
  • Signs of addiction include continued use, scars, repeated infections in the arm and legs from injections, withdrawal symptoms, drowsiness and isolation.
  • Buprenorphine, methadone and naltrexone can be used to treat opioid addiction

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