Opioid medication and addiction

  • This lesson will help you learn:
    • What the terms addiction, tolerance, dependence, and withdrawal mean
    • How many people have been prescribed opioids to treat pain, and what percent of them become addicted to the opioid
    • Can a person with a history of addiction, or a person at high risk of addiction, use opioids safely to treat pain?
    • How can health care providers help prevent addiction?
    • What are the warning signs of addiction to opioids?

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