Opioids are a category of pain-relieving drugs prescribed by your physician. Usually, these are prescribed for intense acute pain, such as after surgery or a car accident.
Opioids like morphine can be made from the poppy plant or synthesized in a laboratory like fentanyl. In either form, opioids can be highly addictive because they attach themselves to the opioid receptors in your brain. This alters your perception of pain and boosts your mood and feelings of pleasure.
Understandably, opioids are hard to give up. Who doesn’t want to feel less pain and more pleasure? However, it’s vital only to take opioids when necessary and wean yourself from them as soon as possible. Otherwise, addiction can occur.
Even without an addiction, opioid withdrawal symptoms can occur. These include:
- Runny nose
- Watery eyes
- Widened (dilated) pupils
- Body aches
- Belly cramps
- Fast heartbeat
- Rapid breathing
- High blood pressure
These symptoms can appear within 12 hours after taking your last opioid dose and can range from mild to severe. These symptoms can affect all areas of life, including the ability to fulfill responsibilities at work.
As an employer, be observant of your employees’ mannerisms, especially if you know an employee is taking opioids for acute pain. They may need assistance to overcome withdrawal.
Of course, knowing these withdrawal symptoms can help identify employees who may be taking illegal opioids. In this case, Nationwide Drug Testing Service is here to help.
At Nationwide Drug Testing Service, our staff is not only understanding and considerate, but knowledgeable as well. From the moment you contact us, you work with a professional, well-trained Representative who stays with you throughout the entire process.
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