Opioids and the addiction crisis

Opioids are a class of drugs naturally found in the opium poppy plant.  Some prescription opioids are made directly from the plant while scientists in a lab use the same chemical structures to make other prescription opioids.  Prescription opioids are given mainly to help treat moderate to severe pain.  Opioids can make a person feel very relaxed and “high,” which is why they are sometimes used for non-medical reasons.  Opioids can be highly addictive, which can lead to misuse and death from an overdose.

For more information from the National Institute on Drug Abuse follow this link: https://www.drugabuse.gov/publications/drugfacts/prescription-opioids

If you are looking for more information regarding opioids and addiction, check out this list (insert hyperlink here) Looking for more information?  Visit the Central Library on Thursday, February 13, 2020, for a program about opioids and addiction presented by Chad Sabora.  Click here for more information. 

In The Age of Fentanyl, opens a new window, Brodie Ramin tells the story of the opioid crisis, showing us the disease and cure from his perspective as an addiction doctor working on the front lines. We meet his patients, hear from other addiction experts, and learn about the science and medicine of opioid addiction and its treatments. He shows us how addiction can be prevented, how knowledge can reduce stigma, and how epidemics can be beaten.  Available in print form soon at the library.

Do No Harm: The Opioid Epidemic, opens a new window puts the spotlight on the worst man-made epidemic in our nation's history. Narrated by Golden Globe-winning actor Ed Harris, the film talks to leading doctors, law enforcement, and other experts while following stories from more than a dozen locations including poignant narratives from recovering addicts and families with losses. Also, it reports which drug companies are responsible for the crisis; reveals what monies Congress members have received; and focuses on those who fight back in our nation with effective, long-lasting treatment programs. Do No Harm offers hope that together we can diminish-and eventually eradicate-this devastating public health crisis.  Available as a streaming video on Hoopla. 

Chronic pain is a common medical problem shared by roughly 100 million Americans-close to one-third of the U.S. population. In the past few decades, there has been an alarming trend of using prescription opioids to treat chronic pain. But these opioids-the main prescribed analgesic-come with hidden costs, and this book reveals the ramifications of their use and provides a low or no-risk alternative. Armed with the right information, you can make informed decisions about your pain care. By appreciating the risks and limitations of prescription opioids, and by learning to reduce your pain and suffering, you will gain control over your health and well-being. Less Pain, Fewer Pills, opens a new window is available in print and as an ebook.

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