Recognizing a Problem

Opioid Crisis
It can be difficult to know if you or someone you love is suffering from opioid addiction. Here are some common signs of opioid addiction:
  • Regularly taking an opioid in a way other than how the prescribing physician intended, such as taking more that was prescribed.
  • Taking opioids when not in pain to prevent pain or for the way it makes a person feel.
  • Changes in mood.
  • Changes in sleeping habits.
  • Borrowing medication from others or “losing” medications so another prescription is required.
  • Attending appointments with multiple medical providers in hope of securing additional prescriptions or a “backup” supply.
  • Lack of discretion, or a lack of regard for the safety of self and/or others.
  • Impairment at home, school or work when opioids are being used both prescribed and illicit.
Signs of an opioid overdose include[i]:
  • Small, constricted pupils
  • Falling asleep or a loss of consciousness
  • Slow, shallow breathing
  • Choking or gurgling sounds
  • Limp body
  • Pale, blue or cold skin
If you suspect an overdose, call 911 immediately.
[i] Centers for Disease Control and Prevention: