Opioid Use Disorder
Using opioids long-term is a risk as it can lead to physical dependence. Stopping can be difficult because of withdrawal symptoms.
For many, the concern over withdrawal may be more of a concern than their original pain. This is why it is important to talk to your health-care provider about reducing your use. It can be done safely and comfortably.
Anyone can develop an opioid use disorder, even those who know the risks the best. In Episode 2 of an audio series developed by Health Canada, a physician tells his story of developing an opioid use disorder during treatment of his back pain.