Opioid misuse and abuse is sweeping the country, and it’s impacting people of all backgrounds, ages, ethnicities and socio-economic statuses. Prescription opioids are effective in relieving pain but come with serious risk, which is why all opioids require a prescription by a licensed health care provider. While you might not think addiction is something that could happen to you or someone you know, it’s possible you may already know someone suffering from opioid misuse and abuse. It’s not always easy to address the symptoms and signs of opioid addiction, but it’s important to bring this conversation to the forefront. Education is key when it comes to the safe use of opioids and avoiding the effects of abuse and addiction. Join us Tuesday, June 12 at 2 p.m. for a discussion about how you can help yourself or a loved one who may be struggling with opioid abuse, and discover how you can avoid misuse. Dr. William T. Beecroft, medical director of behavioral health at Blue Care Network, will be answering viewer’s questions live and providing resources for those struggling to receive the help they need. If you want to know more about how to help a loved one battling opioid addiction, leave your questions for Blue Cross experts in the comments below for a chance to have your question answered by Dr. Beecroft live. And don’t forget to tune in to Blue Care Network’s Facebook on Tuesday, June 12 at 2 p.m. to hear the answers straight from the expert.
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