Opioids: Signs and symptoms

Opioids are narcotic, painkilling drugs produced naturally from opium or made synthetically. This class of drugs includes heroin, morphine, codeine, methadone and oxycodone (OxyContin).
Signs and symptoms of use and dependence on these drugs include:
Reduced sense of pain, Sedation, Depression, Confusion, Constipation, Slowed breathing, Needle marks (if injecting drugs), Risk of developing HIV/AIDS and Hepatitis.

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