Why are opioids so dangerous?
Even when taken as directed, prescription opioids can lead to heightened tolerance causing you to need to take more of the medication for the same pain relief. The body's physical dependence results in symptoms of withdrawal when the medication is stopped. Withdrawal symptoms can include increased sensitivity to pain, diarrhea, nausea, vomiting, dry mouth, sleepiness, dizziness, confusion, depression, low energy and strength, itching, and sweating.
Consuming too many opioids can stop a person's breathing and can lead to death.