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TECH | With a 10-day supply of opioids, 1 in 5 become long-term users

A bottle with a hydrocodone (the generic name for drug sold under other names by various pharmaceutical companies) label and hydrocodone tablets spilling out isolated on white background. Hydrocodone is a popular prescription semi-synthetic opioid that is used to treat moderate to severe pain. Hydrocodone is said to be one of the most common recreational prescription drugs in America.

But just how long does it take to switch from being a short-term user-say, while you’re dealing with pain after a surgery-to a long-term, potentially problematic user?

And, according to the rest of the data-published Friday in the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention’s Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR)-things just keep getting worse from there.

Other factors that kicked up the chances of long-term use were long-acting opioids, getting a cumulative dose equivalent to more than 700 milligrams of morphine, and getting multiple prescriptions.

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