Opioids interact with the nervous system to relieve pain. Many users will experience extremely pleasurable effects from them, and risk of addiction.
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Of the 20.5 million Americans 12 or older who had a substance use disorder in 2015, 2 million involve prescription pain relievers, and 25% of these people are also heroin addicts.
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