How Do Painkillers’ Classifications Affect Addiction?

How Do Painkillers' Classifications Affect Addiction?Painkillers are classified by their side effects and the chemicals from which they are manufactured. Some painkillers are classified as opiates, which include codeine, morphine, oxycodone and hydrocodone. These are commonly known as narcotics. Narcotics are known to be heavily abused by individuals of all social classes and commonly sold on the street.

How and Why Are Painkillers Classified?

All prescription medications, including painkillers, are classified. The following are reasons why some painkillers are classified as opiates:

  • Chemical type
  • Side effects
  • Addictive qualities

Painkillers are specifically manufactured to help manage pain from injuries, surgeries or other health issues. Some individuals require higher doses than others. Higher doses often lead to stronger or more harsh side effects. Opiates can also become extremely addictive and can cause users to become dependent on these medications. Once addiction strikes, addicts find it extremely difficult to stop use despite the negative consequences they experience.

How Classification Affects Usage

Drug classifications affect the use of each drug or prescription medication. The following are some ways classification affects usage:

  • Increases risk of addiction
  • Indicates harsh side effects
  • Results in substance being legally available by prescription only

Narcotics are only legally available by prescription. If narcotics are obtained illegally, users may not be aware of the side effects, which could lead to serious negative consequences. Because narcotics have highly addictive qualities, doctors monitor the patient’s use and help limit the amount of time each user is prescribed the medication. The longer the use is, the higher the risk for addiction becomes.

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