Many Americans have taken an opioid before, whether it was for back pain or following a major surgery. Some of the most commonly known forms of opioids include drugs (and their brand names) like:
Although common for prescription use, many people take them without prescription. Some people may have a prescription, but do not follow doctor’s instructions, as they can be very addictive medications that turn into a drug problem. This is known as prescription drug abuse.
Opioid abuse in has been considered a “crisis” and should be taken seriously.
The growing opioid problem in the United States requires special testing beyond most common Instant Screens or 5-Panel Drug Tests.
How to know if someone is addicting opioids
Many employers have no idea their employees are abusing opioids. At Test Smartly Labs, we can help train you on what to look for. Here’s signs your employee may have an opioid problem:
- They’re sweating, but it’s not hot and they’re not menopausal
- Their pupils are small
- They complain of nausea or act nauseated
- They’re constipated or having bowel issues
- They have very shallow breathing
- Their speech may be slurred
- They’re not the same person – not interested in what they used to love.
Not all of these are indicators someone is abusing opioids, nor is this a conclusive list. However, if someone’s showing multiple signs it may be time to say something.
Speak to one of our experts to learn more about the testing methods and drugs of abuse that can be tested.