Never deny a request for an antibiotic, an opioid pain medication, a scan, or an admission.
opioid overdose deaths in America are now greater than heroin and cocaine combined.
Once in the system, it binds with opioid receptor cells that send endorphins shooting through the body.
With an increase in opioid prescriptions starting in the early 2000s, overdoses in the U.S. began to skyrocket.
But it led to a growing drug dependency and opioid addiction problem.
According to a 2010 study, over 90 percent of those with opioid addiction relapse in the first year.
In July, the Centers for Disease Control said more specifically that opioid painkillers kill someone every hour.
opioid o·pi·oid (ō'pē-oid')
See opiate. adj.