Anyone Can Become Addicted to Opioids

Anyone Can Become Addicted to Opioids


[car horns honk/city sounds] Hey, glad you were free tonight. It’s been a long time. What have you been up to? Producing my music, going to school. Same old. Haven’t seen you at
any of the parties in a while. Yeah, I got into some trouble with lean, and had to take a break from all that. Do you know what’s in it besides
the soda and hard candy? Uh, cough syrup- [chuckles] What do you mean? That’s what I thought, too. But I later learned that the cough syrup has two prescription drugs in it, codeine and promethazine. Taken as prescribed, codeine can be safe, but it can be addictive in high doses. It’s an opioid. You mean, like heroin? Yeah, but one that’s prescribed. Like oxys, they’re all in a group of drugs called opioids. What?! I mean, everyone knows that heroin can kill you, but I didn’t know that. Yup, no one talks about what’s in
the drugs people are taking. And people think they’re safer buying pills on the internet, sniffing cocaine, or sipping lean … but we don’t know what’s in them or how risky it is to take these. Especially now that they’re being mixed with fentanyl. Fentanyl? Yes, fentanyl. It’s another opioid, But it’s being made in illegal labs and mixed into other drugs. It’s 50 times stronger than heroin and you can’t see, taste or smell it but it’s so strong that it
only takes a small amount to cause an overdose. Wow, you’ve done your research! Yes, I wanted to make
sure my facts were right. When I tried to cut out lean,
I got really sick. I was in bed for a long time, thought it was the worst flu of my life. Turns out it wasn’t the flu. I was in withdrawal from the codeine that’s in the cough syrup in lean. Wow, did you see a doctor? Yeah, I went to my doctor and he put me on buprenorphine. Bupre what? Bu-pre-nor-phine but some people just call it bupe or subs. I take it every day and I don’t get dope sick or cravings for lean or other opioids. I know some people take methadone, and like bupe, it also
blocks the need for opioids. I’m glad you’re doing well. Thanks. It feels good to have time and energy to get back to my music. But seriously, enough about me. How’s your life been?

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