A Warning About Relying On Pain Medication After An Accident


September 28, 2017

Georgia Personal Injury Lawyers Warn About Relying On Pain Medication After An Accident

At Montlick & Associates, Attorneys at Law, we understand the pain and suffering you endure every day from your Georgia car wreck, slip and fall, or Georgia workers' compensation injury. Recovery is not easy. It is completely understandable that you want to get back to your life as it was before you were injured. It is just not that easy in many circumstances. There can be a long, slow, and agonizing road to recovery. We comprehend that the circumstances in which you find yourself are not fair, yet you must persevere and work hard to heal and regain the strength necessary to return to life as you remember it.

One of the ways doctors try to help their patients is by prescribing opioid-based pain killers. Such medications are powerful prescription drugs that help relieve you of your pain temporarily. Many physicians prescribe pain-killing medication to treat pain from broken bones, surgery, and some soft tissue injuries. While these medications certainly have their place in the treatment of severe injuries, the Georgia personal injury attorneys at Montlick & Associates caution our clients to be wary of becoming addicted to the pain killers.

Opioids can be used for any number of medical reasons. The primary use is intended to relieve moderate to severe pain. They are too strong to prescribe for dull pain but are often used after a person suffers a severe injury or has surgery. The opioid class of drugs causes a person to become physically dependent on them. Additionally, they have a host of side effects including depressed respiration and constipation. However, opioids can cause a feeling of euphoria, which, along with their addictive nature, make them potentially dangerous.

There are three areas in the body to which opioids attach. Opioid receptors are located in the brain, spinal cord, and intestines. The drugs stimulate the opioid receptors in those regions and reduce the "perception of pain." Opioid drugs accomplish this by slowing or blocking pain signals running through one's nerves. Additionally, opioids release dopamine, a neurotransmitter, into the blood stream, which carries information about mood and emotions, causing the euphoric effect of opioids.

These feelings of a "high" can lead to physical and psychological dependence on opioid drugs, which lead to opioid misuse. Dependencies normally do not occur with short-term use of opioid-based narcotics but can with prolonged use.  Longer-term usage builds up a tolerance for the drug in the user, meaning a person must take higher doses of the drug to produce the feeling they are after.

Prolonged use and dependence come with inherent risks. The first is that one might engage in drug-seeling behaviors. They may see multiple physicians for complaints, which are sometimes fictitious, in order to get prescriptions. Dangerous behavior escalates beyond drug seeking from various physicians to purchasing illegal narcotics such as heroin, an incredibly dangerous and potentially deadly drug.  Other black market drugs such as Fentanyl, which are synthetic pain killers, but much stronger than oxycodone or oxycontin, can also be deadly.  This is why it is so important to only take prescription medications under the care of your doctor.  Such drugs only temporarily relieve your pain, but do not treat the underlying cause.  

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Sources:

http://www.senate.ga.gov/sro/Documents/StudyCommRpts/OpioidsAppendix.pdf

http://www.livestrong.com/article/208418-what-is-dopamine-responsible-for/

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