These are just some of the problems pain medicine abuse can cause:
You Stop Breathing
Pain medicine abuse can slow down or even stop your breathing.
Pain medicine abuse can put you in a coma. That's when nothing can wake you up.
Prescription pain medicines can be as addictive as heroin—especially if they are smoked or injected. Then, even if you get treatment, it's hard to stay away from the drug. Fortunately, there are medicines that can help someone recover from prescription pain medicine addiction.
Signs of a pain medicine overdose are cold and sweaty skin, confusion, shaking, extreme sleepiness, trouble breathing, and coma.
Many people die from pain medicine overdoses. In fact, more people overdose from pain medicines every year than from heroin and cocaine combined.