Untreated opioid use disorder can have a significant impact on college students. A student’s grades can be adversely impacted, reducing self-esteem and sending the individual further into the downward spiral of addiction. Additionally, opioid use disorder may reduce the student’s chance of finding a job in their field of choice.
There is also financial risk associated with signs of opioid addiction, which can impact a college student’s living situation or their ability to pay for tuition.
Personal relationships can also be severed due to a student’s dependency on opiates. Students with opioid addiction may either avoid positive relationships with those who might be able to help them, or they may be so preoccupied with using the drug that they may forget about their friends or family.
The health consequences of opioid addiction can result in numerous conditions, including:
- Damage to the heart, brain, and other vital organs
- Muscle weakness or cramping
- Lowered production of endorphins
- Increased risk of overdose
- Development of mental health disorders