Opioids are depressants, meaning they slow down vital body functions including breathing and heart rate. In 2016, the number of opioid overdoses was 5 times what it was in 1999. In the midst of this epidemic, it is important to remember the risks of prescription opioid use. These drugs can be very addictive and dangerous, especially with prolonged use.
115 Americans die every day from opioid overdose.