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Opioid Overdoses On The Rise

WELLINGTON COUNTY – With a noticeable increase in Opioid overdoses Wellington County OPP are reminding everyone of the dangerous effects opioids have.
Opioids are an extremely addictive drug that can cause horrible withdrawal symptoms if taken incorrectly. If used excessively a tolerance can be built to the drug making the user increase in dosage leading to in some tragic cases a respiratory depression overdose, where the person stops breathing and dies.
Opioids were originally created as a pain relief drug used in surgeries. The drug can be taken in a variety of ways; smoked, injected, digested, or snorted binding to the opioid receptors in the gastrointestinal tract and the nervous systems, causing the body to release endorphin’s making the user feel dreamy and euphoric.
Opioids come in all different names, potentiates, effects and addictive properties. Opium, heroin, morphine, codeine, fentanyl and carfentanil are the most common versions. Each one of the drugs is extremely different than the other. When compared to morphine, heroin is twice as strong, fentanyl about 100 times and carfentanil about a 100,000 times. Opioids should never be used for recreational purposes and should only be used if they are prescribed by a doctor.
Opioids may appear in the formula of other medications or be referenced by trade-mark names.