5 Signs of Painkiller Addiction

Prescription drug abuse has become an epidemic. Parents need to pay attention and keep their medicines locked up.

English: Source: The National Institute on Dru...

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According to WebMD.com, experts are not entirely sure how many people in the world are addicted to painkillers, but they all seem to be in agreement that it’s a growing problem, mainly due to availability. There’s no getting around the fact that prescription painkiller abuse can lead to addiction and/or major health complications if it is left ignored. To begin the process of dissecting a possible problem with prescription painkillers, it’s a good idea to familiarize yourself with common symptoms associated with painkiller addiction.

1. Physical Cues

The first and most immediate way to spot a painkiller addiction is to search physically. When an addiction is present in a person who takes liberal amounts of prescription painkillers, there will be many physical cues that can be easily spotted without much effort. These include:

  • Slurred speech
  • Lack of coordination
  • Dizziness
  • Slower breathing
  • Constipation

Many of the voluntary bodily functions will be…

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