May 6, 2016 5:43 PM

NH is battling an epidemic, but why are opioids so addictive?

Every 19 minutes someone dies from an accidental drug overdose.

Most of the time it’s from prescription drugs like oxycodone or hydrocodone. These drugs all belong to a family of drugs called opioids.

They are prescribed to for pain but are highly addictive. They can make some people feel high but can also slow your breathing.
So why is it so easy to get hooked?

For one your body can build up a tolerance, so the more you use, the larger dose you need to get the same effect

Secondly you can become dependent on them.

In fact your body creates natural opioids that are released when you hurt yourself. But if you habitually use painkillers your body stops producing its own, and relies on the drugs instead.

If you try to stop, your body goes through withdrawal.

In 2012 there were 259 million prescriptions written for opioid pain killers.

Nearly enough for every american adult and child to have a bottle.

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