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Opiod Dependence is an addiction to prescription painkillers and heroin due to a change of chemistry in the brain. Managing the cravings or the urge to not go through withdrawal is incredibly difficult. Other examples of opiates are: Heroin, Morphine, Oxycodone, Hydrocodone, Codeine and Fentanyl. The affects of Opiate Abuse are: weakened immune system, gastric problems, respiratory depression and a lot of other issues such as: abscesses, embolic events, infections and contraction of blood borne illnesses.
Early Withdrawal Symptoms
Late Withdrawal Symptoms
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In Massachusetts people with opiate addicts are being treated with Medical Marijuana. Dr. Gary Witman of Canna Care Docs believes getting opiate addicts onto a non-addicting substance such as Marijuana will drastically solve the opiate addiction epidemic.
Dr. Witman has treated about 80 people who were addicted to opioids, anti anxiety meds and muscles relaxers with Cannabis. Dr. Witman believes that Cannabis is a far safer alternative for treating the symptoms the patients had before taking the opioids.