People in physical pain often receive medications to relieve the pain, including narcotics or opioids. Some of those drugs are highly addictive, including OxyContin (oxycodone) and Vicodin (hydrocodone). Heroin is an illegal narcotic.
Effects of Narcotics Usage
Short-term Side effects of narcotics:
- Euphoric experience
- High blood pressure
Long-term Side Effects of narcotics:
- Weakened immune system functions
- Gastric problems
- Systemic infection
- Blood-borne illnesses
- Localized abscesses
Statistics about Narcotics:
- An estimated 26.4 million to 36 million people abuse opioids worldwide, with an estimated 2.1 million people in the United States suffering from substance use disorders related to prescription opioid pain relievers and an estimated 467,000 addicted to heroin.
- The number of prescriptions for opioids (such as hydrocodone and oxycodone) have risen from 76 million in 1991 to almost 207 million in 2013.
- The U.S. accounts for almost 100 percent of the world total of hydrocodone prescriptions and 81 percent of the oxycodone prescriptions.
- Overdose deaths due to prescription opioid pain relievers have more than tripled in the past 20 years, escalating to 16,651 deaths in the United States in 2010
- An estimated 91 Americans die each day from an opioid overdose