... not worry about addiction. For example, taking 1 pill a day, out of a million people how many would get addicted?
Anyone who takes any opiate for a long enough time will become dependent/or addicted.The reason being is that in the brain there are neurotransmitters and receptor sites and they work together.When the neurotransmitter sends the signal over to the receptor site, it is received and when enough of the signal is received, it triggers the brain to release it's own opiate. If someone takes opiate for an extended time, the neurotransmitter figures it is not needed and stops working. The receptor sites can also become damaged by the opiate. It would take a significantly longer time for someone to become addicted to tylenol #3 at one tablet per day than say 4 or 6 lortabs a day but it could happen. Sometimes people are medically dependent on pain meds because they have chronic pain, even if they are legitimate in taking just the amount prescribed, they will still go into withdrawal if they stop taking it.Withdrawal symptoms are the body trying to signal the brain to release its own opiate or the medical opiate and those parts of the brain might be damaged, so, it can't.
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