How Do I Know If I’ve Built Up an Opioid Dependence?

How Do I Know If I’ve Built Up an Opioid Dependence? Are you suffering from opioid addiction?

Opioid addiction in this country has reached epidemic proportions. The first wave of opioid overdose deaths began in the 1990s when these highly-addictive painkillers became more widely prescribed. However, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), there were six times more overdose deaths involving opioids in 2017 than in 1999. The problem is growing, and we are all affected.

Any individual is at risk for developing a physical dependence on opioids, known as addiction. Certain people have an increased risk. But how do you know if you are becoming dependent on your opioid painkillers, such as Vicodin or Oxycontin?

Signs of an Opioid Addiction

If you are concerned that you or a loved one is becoming dependent on opioids, the following information may help. To help identify painkiller abuse in others, watch out for these warning signs. Similarly, if you notice yourself engaging in any of these behaviors, or displaying any of these physical symptoms, you may wish to get help.

In certain situations, especially when dependence is suspected early on, some patients may be able to resolve their abuse by simply discussing options with their doctor to wean off the medication as soon as possible. For others, it may take weeks or months. And for some people—more than 70,000 per year—the addiction leads to overdose and death.

Your Doctor May Have Played a Role in Your Addiction or Overdose

Did medical negligence contribute to your injury? Your physician or other health care provider may be at least partially liable.

Doctor Negligence

Opioids are highly-effective and highly-addictive painkillers. Although they were initially prescribed for severe pain, such as that associated with surgical procedures and serious injuries, it has become far too easy to obtain opioids for even minor injuries and pain. Especially in these situations, opioids are often given when a non-narcotic alternative could have been more than enough.

If you have been injured due to opioid use, your doctor or another medical provider may be found negligent if they failed to:

Individuals with an Increased Risk of Opioid Addiction

As stated earlier, anyone can become dependent on opioids, but the following individuals may have a greater risk:

Proving Medical Negligence

The legal team at Newsome Melton will thoroughly evaluate your case to determine if medical negligence played a role in your injuries. To do this, we will consider several factors, including:

You May Be Entitled to Compensation

If medical negligence contributed to your opioid addiction or overdose, you may be able to recover damages. The medical malpractice team at Newsome Melton can help you obtain the maximum compensation available promptly. Possible avenues of recovery include:

Call Newsome Melton Today for a Free and Confidential Consultation

Don’t go through this difficult time alone. If you have been injured due to the negligence or carelessness of a medical provider, you may be entitled to compensation for medical expenses, pain and suffering, and lost wages. We can help. Call the law firm of Newsome Melton today at 855-633-2757 for a free consultation about your case.

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