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Training Available for Pharmacists to Prevent Opiate Abuse

opiate abuse bridgeport ct

Training Available for Pharmacists to Prevent Opiate Abuse

As part of Connecticut Public Act 15-198, pharmacists can soon become certified in prescribing naloxone, an opioid antagonist that is used to prevent death from opiate overdose. Naloxone does this by blocking opiate receptors from the nervous system. Training to become naloxone-certified starts this week, according to the Department of Consumer Protection. This new law could greatly crack down on opiate abuse.

An estimated 12.5 percent of first-time illicit drug users abuse prescription opiates, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA). After marijuana, prescription opiates are the most-abused drugs in the U.S., with an estimated 1.9 million people experiencing opiate abuse. Heroin, an opiate, is the fourth-most abused drug in the U.S., with 537,000 people abusing the drug in 2013.

Drug treatment centers Bridgeport are available to help those who are suffering from opiate abuse. Call (203) 388-1727 today.

Withdrawal Symptoms

One of the hallmark symptoms of opiate abuse is when a person experiences withdrawal symptoms when he or she has not taken the drug in some time. Withdrawal symptoms include:

– Agitation

– Diarrhea

– Dilated pupils

– Muscle aches

– Nausea

– Runny nose

– Stomach cramping

– Sweating

– Vomiting

Opiate withdrawals can also cause intense cravings for the drug that can be difficult to overcome. This is why many people choose to withdraw from opiates at a drug treatment facility.

Heroin is the most addictive opiate. The drug floods the brain with extra neurotransmitters, which can make any other drug or pleasurable activity pale in comparison. Prescription opiates, such as fentanyl and oxycodone also are highly addictive, but not as addictive as heroin is.

Side Effects of Abuse/Addiction

Opiate abuse and addiction can have profound effects on a person’s health and mind. If a person abuses opiates by injecting them, they are more likely to experience health conditions associated with intravenous drug use, such as hepatitis or HIV. Other health concerns include memory loss and increased risk for respiratory infections. Because a person is addicted to opiates, he or she can think of little else and will engage in often-risky behaviors to obtain the drug.

Getting Help

To learn more about treating opiate abuse, call drug treatment centers Bridgeport today. It is also important to seek out Narcotics Anonymous (, where you can share experiences with fellow and recovering addicts while learning coping mechanisms.

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