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Is narcotic overdose common?

21 doctors weighed in
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Internal Medicine
12 doctors agree

In brief: Prescription>illegal

There are currently more deaths occurring from abuse of prescription narcotics than from heroin.

In brief: Prescription>illegal

There are currently more deaths occurring from abuse of prescription narcotics than from heroin.
Dr. Shaym Puppala
Dr. Shaym Puppala
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Dr. Ron Jones
Family Medicine
8 doctors agree

In brief: Too Common

"fatal overdoses in the United States involving opioid analgesics has more than tripled since 1999, with higher rates among men, individuals aged 35 to 54 years, and non-hispanic whites.
3000 fatal overdoses in 1999."......From medscape neurology.

In brief: Too Common

"fatal overdoses in the United States involving opioid analgesics has more than tripled since 1999, with higher rates among men, individuals aged 35 to 54 years, and non-hispanic whites.
3000 fatal overdoses in 1999."......From medscape neurology.
Dr. Ron Jones
Dr. Ron Jones
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Dr. Karen Sibert
Anesthesiology
7 doctors agree

In brief: Unfortunately, yes

When narcotic pain medications such as oxycodone, demerol, (meperidine hydrochloride) morphine, and vicodin are used appropriately according to physician direction, overdose is extremely rare.
However, when patients self-medicate and start to overuse narcotics, overdoses can easily happen. The risk is greatest when narcotics are unwisely combined with other sedatives such as valium, xanax, ativan, or alcohol.

In brief: Unfortunately, yes

When narcotic pain medications such as oxycodone, demerol, (meperidine hydrochloride) morphine, and vicodin are used appropriately according to physician direction, overdose is extremely rare.
However, when patients self-medicate and start to overuse narcotics, overdoses can easily happen. The risk is greatest when narcotics are unwisely combined with other sedatives such as valium, xanax, ativan, or alcohol.
Dr. Karen Sibert
Dr. Karen Sibert
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Dr. Romanth Waghmarae
Pain Management
1 doctor agrees

In brief: Overdose

Opioid overdose is not common - as this is the legitimate prescribing and responsible use.
Narcotic overdose is common as this is the illegal use and obtaining. The latter is a significant issue in the USA.

In brief: Overdose

Opioid overdose is not common - as this is the legitimate prescribing and responsible use.
Narcotic overdose is common as this is the illegal use and obtaining. The latter is a significant issue in the USA.
Dr. Romanth Waghmarae
Dr. Romanth Waghmarae
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