What Happens To Your Body During an Overdose?


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Drug overdoses are a serious problem.

There were more than 67,000 drug overdose deaths in the United States in 2018 alone.

Overdose is the top cause of death for people under 50 in U. S. —killing more people than car accidents or homicidesand is one the largest health crises our country has ever faced.

Opioids are a significant driver of drug overdose deaths.

In 2018, they played a part in nearly 70% of fatal overdoses.

So just what are opioids?

The term refers to a class of pain relieving drugs including everything from prescription medicines such as oxycodone and morphine, to drugs like heroin that are illegal in the U. S. When used correctly and under the guidance of a healthcare professional, prescribed opioids can be extremely helpful in relieving pain.