Opioid addiction is a chronic brain disease that causes one to compulsively use drugs, despite the known harm they may cause.

According to the NIH, opioids can cause side effects such as drowsiness, mental fog, nausea, and constipation. They may also cause slowed breathing, which can lead to overdose deaths. If someone has signs of an overdose, call 9-1-1.

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Dustin Patil, MD

Dustin Patil, MD

Title(s): Director, Addiction Psychiatry; Assistant Professor, TUSM
Department(s): Psychiatry, Addition Psychiatry
Appt. Phone: 617-636-0219
Fax #: 617-636-4852

Addiction Psychiatry, Adult Psychiatry

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