Substance Use Disorder (SUD), also called drug addiction, is a disease that affects a person’s brain and behavior and leads to an inability to control the use of a legal or illegal drug or medication.
Substances such as alcohol, marijuana and nicotine are considered drugs. When addicted, a person may continue using the drug despite the harm it causes.
The use of prescription medication and opioid-based drugs has increased significantly to become a big concern in Connecticut. This includes taking medications in higher doses than prescribed, for a purpose other than that for which it was prescribed or taking a medication that was prescribed for another person or obtained off the streets.
Opioid overdose is often characterized by a decrease in breathing rate which, if not quickly addressed, may lead to death.