Health is Wealth: Addictions (ਨਸ਼ਾਖੋਰੀ)

When people think of opioid use problems or addictions, they may think of street-obtained, or “street” opioids, such as heroin or fentanyl. However, problematic opioid use can also include improperly taking prescribed opioid medications such as oxycodone, morphine or codeine, or taking an opioid medication that was not prescribed for you. Opioids are a class of powerful drugs that are usually prescribed to treat severe pain. If opioids are abused, they can create feelings of intense pleasure or euphoria, but they can also lead to fatal overdose. Opioids are an effective medication when used as prescribed, but they carry a risk of addiction because of their powerful effects. Dr. Rajbir Klair and Dr. Mandeep Minhas talk with Harjinder Thind about addictions and what one can do to get help.