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Using Opium for Pain Management

Using Opium for Pain ManagementOpium is the base for many legal and illegal drugs. Legal opium-derived drugs are typically used for pain management, while illegal opium-based products include drugs such as heroin. Heroin is generally sold as a brown powder. Street drugs like heroin can be especially dangerous, because they are not regulated and their strength and quality depends on how and where they were made and how they are distributed. The National Institute on Drug Abuse reports that 23 percent of individuals who use heroin become dependent on it. While heroin use is clearly dangerous, any opium or opiate use comes with risks.

How to Use Opium for Responsible Pain Management

There are drugs that contain opium and can be used responsibly to manage pain. You should only use drugs that contain opium under the direction and supervision of a doctor. With a prescription and carefully monitored use, these drugs can effectively manage pain. Prescription opiates include the following:

  • Morphine is found naturally in the opium plant and is a highly effective but also highly addictive drug
  • Codeine is found naturally in the opium plant and is used as a painkiller and a cough suppressant
  • Oxycodone is a highly potent pain reliever that has been involved in many fatal overdoses
  • Methadone is prescribed to treat opiate addiction, but use can result in addiction

How to Treat Opium Addiction

If you have become addicted to opium or a drug containing opium, the safest way to end addiction is to seek treatment from a licensed rehab facility where you can safely detox and go through withdrawal. Trying to quit on your own is dangerous, and it is unlikely to be successful. A rehab facility can provide the medical treatment and emotional support needed to recover and prevent relapse in the future.

Get Opium Addiction Help

If you are struggling with an addiction to opium or an opiate drug, we want to help. Call our toll-free helpline to learn where you can find the treatment you need. We are here 24 hours a day, so you are never alone in your struggle. Call us now and learn how you can be free from pain and addiction.