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Prescription painkiller addiction

It’s time to talk about Codeine Addiction – SA’s silent dependence

Codeine is a moderately strong opiate drug that is used to manage physical pain as a result of conditions such as arthritis, migraines and severe headaches or to relieve pain after surgeries.

When codeine is broken down by the body it turns into morphine which is a much stronger painkiller from the opioid family and is used in the manufacture of heroin.

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Are you feeling yourself without your meds?

Prescription drug abuse can be defined as taking medication differently to how you were instructed in order to feel the pleasurable effects or a “high” or to avoid the unpleasant side-effects of not taking the drug.

For example this could be taking your prescribed Ambien three or four times a day instead of the prescribed frequency and duration.

It’s important to be conscious of the long-term effects that continued prescription medication abuse can have on your body and overall quality of life.

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Your prescription painkiller may become a dangerous addiction

Most of us are prescribed powerful painkillers at some point in our lives by a doctor. It is because of their analgesic (painkilling) properties that we first come into contact with and use opiates.

An opiate is a narcotic anaesthetic that directly affects and depresses your central nervous system. Opiates are extremely addictive substances.

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