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Warning Signs of Opioid Use Disorder (OUD)

Some warning signs of an opioid addiction (or an opioid use disorder) include:

  • The strong desire to use opioids
  • The inability to control or reduce use of opioids
  • Development of a tolerance
  • Showing signs of withdrawal after stopping or reducing use of opioids
  • Difficulty meeting social and/or work commitments
  • Experiencing legal problems due to substance use
  • Spending large amounts of time accessing opioids

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