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Young people appear to be much more likely to seek out codeine medications specifically for recreational abuse. These are typically youngsters who have little to no experience with drug abuse and want to start out with what they perceive to be a seemingly harmless substance. Though codeine becomes morphine in the body, it’s only 8-12 percent as powerful as pure morphine, according to the Global Information Network about Drugs.
Of these, 168,000 were considered to have an addiction. Other populations likely to abuse codeine include polydrug users, as codeine is commonly mixed with cannabis or alcohol. Current users of more powerful opioids like heroin may also seek out codeine to mitigate withdrawal symptoms, whether because they’re trying to quit or because their access was cut off.
This practice is not safe, and medical detox is always required for heroin or prescription painkiller withdrawal. It’s also possible for those who have a prescription for opioids to become addicted. This can happen even if the individual follows intake directions precisely, though it’s less likely. When it comes to lesser opiates like codeine, legal users might not be prepared for the addictive effects and be taken by surprise when they find they can’t get through the day without the drug.
There are some key signs of abuse of any opioid, but the most common side effect of medications containing codeine is nausea, especially in cough syrups. Those who take more than the recommended dose of one of these medications are likely to become nauseous. Therefore, they may also keep anti-nausea medications handy.
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