What can happen to your body when you misuse prescription opioids?

Short-Term Effects

In addition to pain relief, other effects of opioids include:

  • sleepiness
  • confusion
  • nausea (feeling sick to the stomach)
  • constipation
  • slowed or stopped breathing

Mixing prescription opioid medications with alcohol can cause a dangerous slowing of the heart rate and breathing. This can lead to a coma or death.

Long-Term Effects

People who use prescription opioid medicines for a long period of time increase their risk of addiction and overdose.