Be aware of these common warning signs of an Opioid Use Disorder (Heroin & Pain Medications)

  • Requesting refills too early
  • Cravings or a strong desire to use or misuse Opioids
  • Recurrent use of Opioids despite harmful consequences
  • Taking Opioids in larger amounts or longer than intended
  • Taking someone else's Opioids even for a legitimate purpose such as to relieve pain
  • Using Opioids in a manner that contradicts prescribing guidelines (e.g. combining Opioids with alcohol or other drugs)
  • Using Opioids in a manner other than intended (e.g. crushing, snorting, injecting)
  • An inability or refusal to reduce or discontinue the use of Opioids when recommended by a medical provider

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