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A 54-year-old member asked:

Mom is caregiver for elders in the family. now she has a problem. what does it mean to have narcotic abuse?

2 doctor answers7 doctors weighed in
Dr. Richard Rosenthal
Pain Management 37 years experience
Narcotic Abuse: These medications, while helpful for pain, can lead to addiction. The medications can induce a euphoric state. Eventually, a switch turns on in the brain which causes uncontrollable cravings and an inability to control use of the drug. It takes over their life. Then, patients will do anything to get the drug-lie, steal. Untreated, death from overdose can occur. Seek help immediately.
Dr. Susan Uhrich
Psychiatry 37 years experience
Using narcotics: For reasons other than for control of severe physical pain and sometimes without a prescription.
Last updated Sep 23, 2016

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