First and foremost, opioids are “a substance used to treat moderate to severe pain. Opioids are like opiates such as morphine and codeine, but are not made from opium.” In turn, opioid intoxication – and/or overdose – occurs when someone takes too much of the drug. But what many fail to realize is the numerous amount of factors that may contribute to the overdose of the individual – for each scenario and/or situation is different. For oftentimes it depends on whether or not the individual has 1) been prescribed the opioids or is 2) taking them on his/her own accord. It is through these two factors that a plethora of problems come in the form of outcomes. 

When the individual is prescribed opioids it can be done through a healthcare provider, as a part of his/her treatment. In turn, this doesn’t pose a problem unless that particular patient has already been prescribed opioids elsewhere, and has some at his/her place of residence. When this occurs it can be both dangerous – and/or threatening – to the person’s health because he/she is able to take more than the recommended amount, and/or required dosage that he/she has been prescribed.

However, not much can be done in these instances because neither health provider is aware of the other one, resulting in a double dosage. Unfortunately, this is only one example of the medical mishap that can potentially happen to an individual, which could result in an opiate intoxication and/or overdose. But opioid intoxication is more than the addict being “high” or “euphoric”. It involves the individual’s body functions shutting down – and/or being impaired – because of the drug that he/she has taken. 

Second is those who are addicted to opioids and take them in combination with other substances. This is especially dangerous if the person takes a particular opioid with a sleeping pill. Just like with any substance, abusing them with others heightens the risk of overdose. As a result, it is important that those who are struggling with opioid addiction get help early on before it’s too late. In doing so, they can ensure that neither of these outcomes take place, and/or similar ones. An addiction-free life can then present itself, as the individual begins to work his/her way down the road towards recovery, avoiding the chance of overdose – and/or death – in the process.