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  • Using Painkillers When Pregnant

    Prescription painkillers, or opioids, are commonly used to treat pain. Opioid painkillers include drugs such as hydrocodone (Vicodin), oxycodone (OxyContin), codeine, and morphine. In addition to their inclusion in the many opioid analgesic ...

    ... during pregnancy, women who have an untreated opioid use disorder may be putting their fetus at higher risk. This ... Norco, Vicodin). When a pregnant woman uses substances such as opioid painkillers, the drugs can pass ... continue reading
  • Alternatives to Painkillers

    The 2012 National Health Interview Survey estimated that 126.1 million adults reported some pain in the previous 3 months, 25.3 million adults reported suffering from daily (chronic) pain, and 23.4 million reported experiencing a lot of it overall ...

    ... a slew of side effects as well as the danger for abuse and addiction. In fact, in March of 2016, the Centers ... Other Medicine If you want to try a medicinal substance that is not a prescription painkiller, there are some ... continue reading
  • What Is Lean? (Purple Drank) – Codeine

    What Is Lean? (Purple Drank) Lean — also known as purple drank, purple lean, sizzurp, dirty sprite, and lean drink—is a made of combination of prescription-strength cough medicine, soft drinks, and hard, fruit-flavored candy. 1,2 The ...

    ... and 3.4% of 12th graders abused cough and cold medicines in the ... disorders? Are they are currently taking any medications? Do they have any physical disabilities or limitations? Have they been in treatment for substance ... continue reading
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  • The Effects of Methadone Use

    Is Methadone Harmful? The treatment of opiate abuse often requires another opiate as a supportive measure when the patient stops taking the original drug. Ideally, it's a long-acting drug with a long half-life, and it should be easy to take. Often ...

    ... other substances, including alcohol and benzodiazepines. In addition, the long-term effects of methadone abuse are ... you've got a co-occurring disorder such as depression or bipolar disorder, you'll likely be given ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Opana Use

    Is Opana Harmful? Opana is a prescription opioid pain-reliever containing the active ingredient oxymorphone. Oxymorphone is a semi-synthetic opioid agonist, meaning it binds to the opioid receptors in your brain to elicit its effects. You may have ...

    ... when used in concert with the drug. Specifically, combining these substances boosts your risk of respiratory depression and overdose. Long-Term Effects of Abusing Opana Aside from the short-term effects of Opana, there ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Painkiller Use

    A painkiller can be any one of a number of drugs, from over-the-counter (OTC) medications like Tylenol, ibuprofen, and aspirin, to prescribed drugs like oxycodone , codeine , morphine , Vicodin , and hydrocodone . All painkillers carry risks—even ...

    ... 2017, 1.7 million people suffered from substance use disorders (SUDs) related to prescription opioid painkillers. ... Short-Term Effects Many painkillers that are typically abused fall under the opioid category. The effects ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Tramadol Use

    Tramadol is a synthetic opioid analgesic (painkiller) that is frequently prescribed to manage moderate to severe levels of pain—such as that experienced after surgery or in chronic conditions like arthritis. It is commonly marketed under one of ...

    ... s opioid receptors. Similar to other drugs in this class of substances, some people may be at risk for addiction if they: Use ... . Nausea. People who have a seizure disorder should consult with their doctor prior to ... continue reading
  • Why Are Prescription Opiates So Addictive?

    Prescription opiates - such as Vicodin , Percocet , and OxyContin - are narcotic medications used for pain management. These drugs are often referred to as “opioids,” which are synthetic and semi-synthetic derivatives of the active “opiate” ...

    ... States today. Consider the following statistics from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: In 2014, 1 ... Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-5) lists criteria for an opioid use disorder , and one of ... continue reading
  • Actiq (Fentanyl) Lollipop Abuse

    Actiq is a brand name for the opioid drug fentanyl. 3 Actiq comes as a lozenge on a handle (like a lollipop) and the fentanyl is quickly absorbed through the oral mucosa (along with fentanyl that is swallowed being slowly absorbed through the ...

    ... million individuals ages 12 and up had a substance use disorder (SUD) involving prescription pain medications in the ... . 1,2 Actiq Tolerance Like many other drugs of abuse, continued use of Actiq can lead to tolerance. 2, ... continue reading
  • OxyContin Abuse

    What Is OxyContin? OxyContin is a branded formulation of the powerful opioid painkiller , oxycodone. It is prescribed to manage cases of moderate to severe pain. When taken as directed, it is a safe and effective medication, and has proven ...

    ... to prescription opioids were 19 times more likely to start abusing heroin in the year prior to the study. This may ... to organ damage from solid pieces of the substance entering the bloodstream. Blockages may cut off ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Opioid Use

    Are Opioids Harmful? Opioids are a class of drugs that include prescription painkillers such as oxycodone (Oxycontin), hydrocodone (Vicodin), codeine , and morphine ; synthetic opioids including fentanyl ; and the illegal drug heroin . 1,2 ...

    ... , but they can have a dark side. They are among the most abused drugs in the United States as they're easy to get hold of, ... . 6 An addiction, also known as a substance use disorder, occurs when a person cannot stop using a ... continue reading
  • Methadone Clinics

    Methadone, a prescription opioid used in the treatment of opioid dependence, is primarily used for detoxification and maintenance treatment for people struggling to overcome opioid dependence . 1,2 It helps to stabilize individuals by reducing ...

    ... way with an emphasis on safety. 11 People that abuse opioids may find themselves in a dangerous cycle of seeking ... they may have an opioid use disorder or another substance use disorder should see a treatment provider to ... continue reading
  • Prescription Opioid Addiction

    Prescription opioids are medications to treat moderate to severe pain after surgery, an injury, or specific medical conditions such as cancer. 1 Prescription opioids have become increasingly accepted as treatment for other types of chronic pain, ...

    ... What are prescription opioids and how are they abused? How do opioids affect the body, and ... inject the substance. 3, 4, 11 Chronic use of prescription opioids can lead to the development of an opioid use disorder (OUD). ... continue reading
  • Codeine Abuse

    Overview of Codeine Abuse Codeine is an opiate drug often found in prescription-strength cough syrups, or in a combination formulation with various other analgesics (for example, with acetaminophen - under the brand name Tylenol 3). It is used ...

    ... Substance Abuse ... and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), almost 17,000 deaths due to overdose from opiates occurred in 2011. In 2013, SAMHSA estimated that 1.9 million Americans had an opiate use disorder ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Tussionex Addict

    Tussionex is a combination of hydrocodone, an opioid painkiller and cough suppressant, and chlorpheniramine, an antihistamine which eases allergy symptoms 1 . As a cough medicine, Tussionex is frequently prescribed to both children and adults. It is ...

    ... to have an opioid use disorder, as defined by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders (DSM-V) 2 : ... recovery services offered from an outpatient substance abuse treatment program. Many factors are ... continue reading
  • Side Effects of Tussionex Abuse

    Tussionex, a prescription cough medicine, contains a mixture of hydrocodone (an opioid pain reliever) and chlorpheniramine (an antihistamine). In 2008, the FDA issued an alert regarding the dangers of misusing Tussionex, stating that abusing it can ...

    ... , Tussionex addiction can be classified as an opioid use disorder. The signs and symptoms of this condition include 9 : ... from an addiction to Tussionex and/or another substance, call to speak to a treatment support ... continue reading
  • What Are the Side Effects of Oxycodone?

    Is Oxycodone Dangerous? Oxycodone is a prescription opioid analgesic that is used to manage moderate to severe pain by changing the way that the brain responds to pain. 1 It is the primary active component in the commonly prescribed pharmaceutical ...

    ... the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), in 2017, approximately 1.7 million people were found to be prescription opioid-dependent, based on the DSM-5 criteria for substance use disorder. 5 ... continue reading
  • Outlook on Opiate Abuse: There’s Good News and Bad News

    It's no secret that the abuse of prescription opioid painkillers, like OxyContin and Percocet , has reached epidemic levels in the United States. But a recently published study highlights a strange trend: Non-medical use of opiates has decreased, ...

    ... of the study, Dr. Beth Han of the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in ... these ten years. But during the same time, the rate of use disorders rose from 0.6 to 0.9 percent. There was also an ... continue reading
  • Opioids

    Opioids are substances that are known for their pain-relieving effects. They include both legal, and some illegal substances that may have the potential for misuse, which can potentially lead to dependence and/or addiction. 1 If you or someone you ...

    ... are struggling with substance use disorders or co-occurring mental and substance use disorders. 29 Standard ... assist with all or some of the costs for substance abuse rehab services: Aetna Blue Cross Blue Shield Cigna ... continue reading
  • Tussionex Abuse

    Tussionex is a prescription medication that includes a combination of chlorpheniramine, an antihistamine 1 , and the opioid painkiller hydrocodone . It is prescribed to treat respiratory symptoms, such as coughs, related to allergies or colds 1 . ...

    ... find appropriate treatment. Long-Term Effects of Abuse Over time, Tussionex abuse can have many harmful effects on the mind ... aged 12 or older met the criteria for a substance use disorder 8 . Of those, 1.9 million were due ... continue reading
  • How to Help an Opana Addict

    How to Approach an Opana Addict Opana is the brand name for oxymorphone, a semi-synthetic opioid painkiller . Over the past decade, increased availability of painkillers has fueled an epidemic of opioid abuse around the world. In the US, an ...

    ... by a number of government agencies including the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA). ... dependent on a substance, but do not exhibit the other signs of a substance use disorder or, more ... continue reading
  • Opioid Hotlines

    Call Now Heroin and prescription painkiller medications are addictive narcotic drugs that are classified as opioids because they either directly derive from or are synthesized to resemble opiate alkaloid substances originally sourced from the opium ...

    ... can I help my loved one find treatment? What types of treatments may be offered for specific substance abuse disorders? How long can treatment take? Should I Call an Opiate Hotline? If you are contemplating treatment for ... continue reading
  • Tramadol Addiction

    Tramadol is an opioid analgesic medication prescribed for pain relief. 1 Used as prescribed, tramadol can be effective for managing moderate to moderately severe pain. 1 Like other prescription opioid painkillers, it has the potential for misuse, ...

    ... potentially harmful consequences and/or long-lasting changes to the brain. 4 Signs of Tramadol Abuse Substance use disorders, like those involving tramadol, are not always easy to recognize. Thus, diagnosis is best left ... continue reading
  • Recognizing a Codeine Overdose

    A national crisis, opioid abuse includes a wide range of drugs—from heroin to any number of prescription medications . Nearly 4 million Americans older than 12—1.4% of the population—abuse prescription pain relievers, including codeine . Half ...

    ... abuse prescription pain relievers, including codeine . Half a percent of adolescents between 12 and 17 have a pain reliever use disorder ... strongly indicates the need for substance abuse treatment. Treatment usually begins ... continue reading
  • Side Effects of Demerol Use

    Is Demerol Harmful? The use of Demerol and other prescription opioids is widespread. In 2012, 259 million prescriptions were written for painkillers, per the Centers for the Disease Control (CDC). The CDC estimates that enough prescriptions were ...

    ... that can fast lead to dependence on the substance and addiction. In addition, Demerol intoxication is associated ... are more likely to experience common mental health disorders and problem drug use than non-opiate users ... continue reading
  • Prescription Painkiller FAQ

    What are Prescription Painkillers? Prescription painkillers are opioid medications used to manage relatively severe pain (such as pain associated with surgical procedures or more chronic issues like cancer-related pain). 1, 2 They can be safe and ...

    ... Painkillers? The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) estimated that approximately 1.4 million people, ages 12 and older, struggled with a substance use disorder involving prescription ... continue reading
  • Opioid Epidemic Coming for the Elderly

    How Common is Opioid Abuse in the Elderly? Close your eyes and imagine an opioid addict. Who do you see? Would you think of a young, poor male injecting heroin and obsessing over how they will need to score their next hit to satisfy their compulsive ...

    ... consumption to see if you have an opioid use disorder, determine the severity of the problem, and help ... to begin your life without addiction! References Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2017). ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Demerol Addict

    If you suspect that a loved one is abusing Demerol or you know someone who is trying to quit using, there are ways that you can help. How to Approach an Addict It is important to understand how to address the situation in a supportive manner. Here ...

    ... and/or behavioral therapies to treat substance use disorders. Vocational and educational services may also ... an average of 78 individuals die every day from opioid abuse in the US. While Demerol can be safely used when ... continue reading
  • Hydrocodone Abuse

    About Hydrocodone Hydrocodone is an opioid analgesic (painkiller) drug - included in the formulation of many narcotic prescription painkillers that are most often prescribed to control moderate to severe pain. As an opiate drug, it is in the same ...

    ... , people suffering from addiction - or a substance use disorder - have a strong belief that they must ... American Association of Poison Control Centers. The Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) estimated that there were more ... continue reading
  • Opana Abuse

    Opana is the trade name for the prescription medication, oxymorphone, a semi-synthetic opioid painkiller. In various formulations, oxymorphone has been available on the US pharmaceutical market since 1959. In 2006, the FDA approved two new ...

    ... classified as a Schedule II substance, meaning it carries a high potential for abuse and dependence . Although Opana ... , behaviors, and/or co-occurring psychiatric disorders that contribute to their drug use. Individual ... continue reading
  • Snorting Tramadol

    Tramadol is a medication prescribed to treat moderate to moderately severe pain in adults and, in its extended release forms, to manage certain chronic pain conditions. Similar to other pain medications like oxycodone, morphine, and hydrocodone, ...

    ... particular, is highest in those with an existing seizure disorder 3 . However, excessive consumption of tramadol has been ... of overdose 5 . According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Methylphenidate Addict

    Methylphenidate abuse is increasingly prevalent and can be an extremely hard habit to kick. Helping someone with an addiction can take time and several attempts. However, with the help and support of loved ones along with the right treatment, ...

    ... including depression and the emergence of underlying mental disorders. The symptoms elicited by sudden elicited by ... added level of accountability found in a substance abuse treatment program can help them safely and ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Painkillers Addict

    Help for Painkiller Addicts Painkillers are routinely prescribed in the United States for the management of pain , but not all of them are addictive. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are often prescribed for the treatment of mild to ...

    ... they are becoming dependent on them and may begin abusing them as their bodies become tolerant and they need ... vital part of care for people with substance use disorders. While hospitals can certainly provide excellent ... continue reading
  • Side Effects of ACTIQ Abuse

    ACTIQ is a brand name for fentanyl, an extremely powerful opioid painkiller that is used only for severe pain such as breakthrough cancer pain 1 . Fentanyl is available in a number of formulations and delivery methods, including 2,3,4 : Tablets and ...

    ... using ACTIQ is at risk of become addicted to the substance. Addiction is closely linked to both tolerance and dependence. ... opioid use disorder, withdrawal is a major driver of continued, compulsive drug abuse and addiction ... continue reading
  • Effects of Hydromorphone Abuse

    Hydromorphone (brand names: Dilaudid, Exalgo) is a powerful semi-synthetic opioid painkiller used in both hospital settings and as part of a long-term treatment regimen for significant pain in opioid-tolerant individuals. Depending on the needs of ...

    ... in the United States. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, in ... substance could develop worsening symptoms of an anxiety disorder as use continues. Also, people that use substances ... continue reading
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  • Who Will Win the Ohio Opioid Technology Challenge?

    $6.5 million is up for grabs. The state of Ohio recently launched its Opioid Technology Challenge, calling on healthcare providers, scientists, and entrepreneurs. The goal is to generate ideas that can be developed into solutions to curb the ...

    ... die each day from an opioid overdose. Over 2 million Americans are currently struggling with an opioid use disorder . More than half of those struggling aren't receiving treatment. Clearly, whatever we're currently doing ... continue reading
  • 7 Things to Know About Quitting Opioids

    Opioids are used by millions of Americans. It seems that every day a news article is being shared on television or the Internet about opioid misuse, addiction, and unfortunately, overdose. With new information emerging each year from research and ...

    ... ) for long-term treatment. Both methadone and buprenorphine have demonstrated success in helping treat substance use disorders. They are usually preferred over other medications for opioid withdrawal because they can be ... continue reading
  • 6 Facts You Need to Know About Opiate Withdrawal

    The United States has the highest rate of opioid use per capita in the world. As a nation, we consume 80% of the world's opioid supply. 1 In 2014, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that 1.9 million people aged 12 or older had a ...

    ... people aged 12 or older had a past-year opioid use disorder, contributing to over $72 billion in medical costs. 3,5 ... half life of the drug, how heavily the individual abused the drug, and how long they used opioids. For ... continue reading
  • I’m Having Opiate Withdrawals – Am I Addicted?

    Shelly's knee surgery went great. The doctor said she'd be running again in no time. Before she'd be ready for her next 5K, she'd have to endure some fairly intense pain and a lot of physical therapy. While in the hospital, Shelly received regular ...

    ... get more Getting opiates from someone other than the doctor Hiding the fact that you're taking it or how much you're taking Additional Reading: Outlook on Opiate Abuse: There's Good News and Bad News Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • The Effects of Methylphenidate Use

    Methylphenidate (brand names: Ritalin, Concerta) is a stimulant prescribed for Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and narcolepsy. Stimulants, like Ritalin, are one of the three most commonly abused ...

    ... Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and narcolepsy. Stimulants, like Ritalin, are one of the three most commonly abused ... taken without a prescription. If abuse of methylphenidate is taking over ... continue reading
  • How to Treat Actiq (Fentanyl) Addiction

    Actiq is the brand name for an analgesic lozenge (on a stick like a lollipop) that contains the opioid drug fentanyl —a powerful synthetic opioid which, when rapidly absorbed through the oral mucosa (along with being slowly absorbed through the GI ...

    ... a confusing prospect. It can be challenging to know if they are using Actiq appropriately, if they are using the substance alone or in combination with other drugs, and/or if their changes are due in part to the presence ... continue reading
  • Demerol Abuse

    Demerol, also known by the street name “demmies” and the generic name meperidine , is a prescription opioid painkiller. Demerol is used to treat relatively severe pain and is available in liquid or tablet form. As a schedule II prescription ...

    ... pupils. Constipation. Slowed breathing. Signs of an Opioid Use Disorder Demerol abuse can lead to serious problems, including opioid addiction. When Demerol abuse persists, a person may develop what is diagnosed as an ... continue reading
  • Vicodin Addiction

    Vicodin addiction creates a variety of negative consequences for every person. The consequences of Vicodin use can be costly, both physically and emotionally. Like many other drugs of its kind, it is caused by the desire to enhance ones mood or at ...

    ... unintentionally. They initially start taking it for pain, as prescribed by a doctor. The Vicodin use turns into abuse. However, when the supply is gone, they find themselves craving the feeling they have grown to know ... continue reading
  • Opiate Alternatives: Doctor’s Got a Brand New Bag

    We have seen a staggering increase in both opiate painkiller and heroin abuse over the last decade. As people become dependent on opiates - physically and psychologically - a vicious cycle of misuse and abuse develops. We've got millions struggling ...

    ... . As people become dependent on opiates - physically and psychologically - a vicious cycle of misuse and abuse develops. We've got millions struggling with painkiller addiction and millions more have turned to heroin as ... continue reading
  • Take My Breath Away: A Deadly Warning About Opiates

    You've just taken an opioid painkiller . The medication travels to your brain, making the pain sensations stop. The same opiates also make you feel much calmer, offering up a bonus anti-depressing effect. And that's the good news. The bad news is ...

    ... with other sedating chemicals like alcohol or sleeping pills, suffering from undiagnosed sleep apnea or heroin abuse, thousands die each year from opioid overdose. A few of these lethal combinations include the following ... continue reading
  • Opioid Epidemic Coming for the Elderly

    How Common is Opioid Abuse in the Elderly? Close your eyes and imagine an opioid addict. Who do you see? Would you think of a young, poor male injecting heroin and obsessing over how they will need to score their next hit to satisfy their compulsive ...

    ... feel too ashamed to admit they're now struggling with drug abuse. Of course, it doesn't matter if you're older ... opioid consumption to see if you have an opioid use disorder, determine the severity of the problem, and help ... continue reading
  • Naloxone Kits: Are Pharmacies Set to Combat Opiate Overdoses?

    Mike was at his apartment and using heroin with a group of friends. Since Mike's regular dealer was out of town, he'd picked up the batch from someone different. After shooting up, Mike immediately noticed a difference in the way he felt. Something ...

    ... fear mongering of late, overdose reversal kits are not a crutch that allows someone to continue his or her substance abuse. On the contrary, these kits are a tool meant to keep people alive long enough to get them the ... continue reading
  • Here’s What Happened While Everyone Else Was Focused on Opiate Abuse

    With the opioid epidemic sweeping the nation, heroin and painkiller abuse have been in the spotlight for treatment providers and law enforcement. While all eyes have been focused on this front, we may have ignored another battle that needs greater ...

    ... epidemic sweeping the nation, heroin and painkiller abuse have been in the spotlight for treatment ... done to scale up access to treatment for opioid disorders is going to be that helpful for methamphetamines.” Treatment ... continue reading
  • Snorting Oxycodone

    Oxycodone is a prescription opioid pain reliever often sold under the brand names OxyContin, Percodan, and Percocet 1 . Oxycodone—often called “oxy”—causes users to experience a pleasurable euphoria. In seeking Oxycodone's pleasurable ...

    ... by) other drugs, such as fentanyl (an opioid much more potent than heroin) 7 . Side Effects Users may abuse the drug because of its pleasurable effects. However, oxy can also cause unpleasant side effects such as 8 : ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Tramadol Addict

    Help for Tramadol Addiction If you have been struggling with an addiction to tramadol , or you know someone who has, finding the proper treatment program is essential. Treatment for addiction can restore your quality of life. Regardless of how long ...

    ... . There are two types of outpatient treatment facilities: Daily check-in programs require you to meet with a drug abuse counselor once per day. Day programs require you to stay at the facility for up to eight hours every ... continue reading
  • Dying to Get High: Half of 2014 U.S. Drug Deaths Caused By Opiates

    It's well-documented that heroin and prescription painkiller abuse are two of the biggest drug problems in the U.S., but a new report from the Drug Enforcement Administration highlights just how serious the problem is. Shocking Death Rate Chuck ...

    ... ER visits were from anti-anxiety and anti-insomnia medications. Before it's too Late… If someone you know is abusing prescription drugs , encourage them to talk with their doctor about the over-the-counter or all-natural ... continue reading
  • Opana: The New Opiate of Choice Among Addicts?

    In 1995, the Food and Drug Administration approved the opioid OxyContin for treating chronic pain. The drug netted a quick $45 million in sales its first year on the market. Ten years later, sales of OxyContin ballooned to $3.1 billion and the ...

    ... . Driven to Opana? In 2010, OxyContin's manufacturer reformulated the drug in an effort to combat its widespread abuse. The “new” OxyContin was harder to snort and inject, as “cooking” up the crushed pill mixture simply ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Fentanyl Addict

    Fentanyl is an opiate narcotic used to relieve severe pain, such as breakthrough cancer pain. It is extremely potent - 50-100 times more potent than morphine and 30-50 times more potent than heroin . Fentanyl is often mixed with heroin or cocaine ...

    ... up a tolerance and developing a devastating addiction. What are the Signs of Addiction? The signs of fentanyl abuse are similar to that of other opiates in that they can range from mild to life-threatening. Someone who ... continue reading
  • Is Fentanyl Abuse More Deadly Than Heroin?

    Fentanyl, a drug previously unheard of by many, has become notorious in recent years due to the spike in overdose deaths from heroin laced with the potent prescription narcotic. It gained even more notoriety when the April 2016 death of iconic ...

    ... 1 . Those believing they are buying their normal drug of choice (e.g., heroin) may be getting a substance that is much stronger than their bodies can handle. Fentanyl can heighten the potency of heroin and lead quickly ... continue reading
  • Yay or Nay: Is the Opioid Epidemic a Conspiracy?

    'Epidemic': Affecting a disproportionately large number of individuals within a population. Opioid Epidemic Statistics Each day, 2.1 million people in the U.S. abuse opioids. The CDC reports that 165,000 Americans died from prescription ...

    ... of individuals within a population. Opioid Epidemic Statistics Each day, 2.1 million people in the U.S. abuse opioids. The CDC reports that 165,000 Americans died from prescription opiate-related overdoses since 2000. In ... continue reading
  • How Does Ibogaine Treat Opiate Addiction?

    Holly started using heroin when she was 18 - at 26, she was at the end of the line. Her whole life revolved around getting high. In the past, she had tried 12-step programs, counseling, in-patient rehab, and even drug-assisted therapy…it seemed ...

    ... about Ibogaine . She already knew that it's a psychoactive substance which comes from a West African plant. She knew it ... treatment . Additional Reading: Outlook on Opiate Abuse: There's Good News and Bad News Image ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Norco Use

    Norco is a combination of acetaminophen and hydrocodone - an opiate pain medication. It is intended to relieve moderate to severe pain. Because Norco contains the narcotic hydrocodone, it can be addictive and should be used with caution. Is Norco ...

    ... pain. Norco use can begin on a legitimate basis but quickly take a turn toward dependency and abuse. The risk of abuse is especially high for those with a history of addiction. Those addicted to Norco have often built ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Morphine Addict

    With approximately 52 million people in the U.S. having used prescription drugs nonmedically in their lifetime, widespread addiction to drugs like morphine is increasingly becoming a problem. When someone begins to engage in abuse morphine , it's ...

    ... can be very addictive. The risk of addiction is extremely high when it is not taken as prescribed or abused on a recreational basis. The Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) lists the drug as a Schedule II narcotic , indicating ... continue reading
  • Tramadol Overdose

    Tramadolis the generic name for the drug Ultram, which is an opioid painkiller medication prescribed to treat moderate to moderately severe pain in adults 1 . Opioid medications have a high addiction potential, and overdose can be deadly—in fact, ...

    ... of a tramadol overdose may one day mean the difference between life and death. Signs and Symptoms People who abuse tramadol in any way put themselves at some risk of overdosing, though toxicity is rare when the drug is ... continue reading
  • Vicodin Abuse

    What Is Vicodin? Physicians often prescribe Vicodin, a combination of hydrocodone (an opiate) and acetaminophen, for the relief of moderate to severe pain. It works by blocking pain receptors in the brain, but it also induces a sense of euphoria, ...

    ... life takes a back seat, and their personal, professional and financial situation may begin to unravel. Effects of Vicodin Abuse It doesn't take much to feel the effects of Vicodin use . Even casual users or those closely ... continue reading
  • Morphine Abuse

    What Is Morphine? Morphine is the primary chemical component in opium. It is an opioid analgesic drug that is used to treat severe pain, and it is regarded as the gold standard of pain relievers. Use can create a high that includes feelings of ...

    ... to lips and fingernails. Coma and death in overdose situations. Note that one of the main symptoms of morphine abuse is constipation . Morpine and other opiates slow the normal movement of the digestive tract. A serious ... continue reading
  • Lortab Abuse

    What Is Lortab? Lortab is a brand name for the drug hydrocodone. Lortab is a semi-synthetic opiate that, in large does, produces similar effects to that of OxyContin . Taken repeatedly, it can result in dependence and addiction. Initially, ...

    ... they'll be in when they graduate treatment. If you or someone you love is ready to seek help because of Lortab abuse, we can help. Call us at to speak with someone who can advise you on the best course of action for ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Dextromethorphan Use

    Dextromethorphan (DXM or DM) is commonly used to suppress coughing. You'll find it in a number of cough syrups and in cold medications (both over-the-counter and prescription). It is also sold on the street under several different names, including: ...

    ... Administration has expressed concern over the instance of abuse of this drug and the fact that pure ... produce effects such as those seen with “dissociative anesthetic” substances, such as PCP (“Angel Dust”) and Ketamine ( ... continue reading
  • Norco Abuse

    Norco is a prescription medication that combines hydrocodone and acetaminophen . It is prescribed for the relief of moderate to severe pain . Taking Norco in amounts exceeding prescribed doses, for lengths of time longer than recommended, or ...

    ... of these drugs , a number that even heroin and cocaine combined cannot compete with. The CDC now touts opiate abuse as an epidemic. Since 1992, the recreational use of opiate drugs has tripled , and the United States is ... continue reading
  • Opiates, Overdose and Permanent Brain Damage

    Permanent brain damage due to an opiate overdose is a very real, life-altering consequence of opiate abuse . The dramatic increase of opiate-related deaths is now demanding public attention, but the consequence of permanent brain damage remains ...

    ... every five seconds. Not only can rescue breathing save someone's life, it may help minimize the chances of permanent brain damage. Learn more about the statistics and reality of substance abuse . Image Source: iStock continue reading
  • Methylphenidate Abuse

    Methylphenidate is a psycho-stimulant drug that works on the central nervous system. It is frequently prescribed as a treatment for ADHD and ADD under the brand names of Ritalin and Concerta. Methylphenidate Abuse: An Introduction Methylphenidate ...

    ... or acquaintances, or a doctor may prescribe it to them for a medical condition, such as ADHD. Teens may begin abusing prescription stimulants like Ritalin in order to gain an edge in school or stay up to party. To help ... continue reading
  • Oxycodone History and Statistics

    Oxycodone is an opioid analgesic, or 'painkiller' drug that is most often prescribed to control moderate to severe pain that cannot be treated with other medications. It is a semi-synthetic opiate that was first created in 1916 from thebaine, a ...

    ... Survey on Drug Use and Health showed that people aged 18-25 were the most likely to report ever having abused oxycodone (9.9%) compared to 6% of people 26 and older. The Monitoring the Future Survey, funded by NIDA ... continue reading
  • Dextromethorphan Abuse

    Overview of Dextromethorphan Abuse What Is DXM? Dextromethorphan (DXM or DM) is a cough suppressant and opioid derivative used in more than 100 over-the-counter medicines. Dextromethorphan is safe for ingestion and not habit-forming when taken as ...

    ... the following actions: Talk to your teens and younger children about the physical and mental health risks of DXM abuse. Reinforce to your teen that the fact that a drug is prescription does not mean that is not dangerous ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Methadone Addict

    Help for Methadone Addicts Methadone is an opioid drug; however, it is beneficial in the treatment of heroin dependence or other forms of opiate abuse . While it is regularly used in the management of opioid dependence, methadone is potentially ...

    ... and other shorter-acting, more potent opioid receptor agonist substances - in other words, methadone use shouldn't ... Signs of Addiction? One of the key signs of abuse and addiction to methadone is withdrawal , which can ... continue reading
  • How to Help an Oxycontin Addict

    OxyContin is a dangerous drug when not used properly, and it's easy to fall into the trap of addiction. Fortunately, there is help out there for anyone who is addicted to the substance, and it's never been easier to get help. How to Approach an ...

    ... is help out there for anyone who is addicted to the substance, and it's never been easier to get help. How ... It's no longer about controlling the pain; OxyContin abuse or addiction is all about being out of control. ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Codeine Addict

    Helping someone overcome an addiction is sometimes an arduous process, and recovery won't happen overnight. Addiction treatment takes time and often imposes stresses on both the abuser and the ones they love. While it may prove difficult, ...

    ... pain reliever. The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) has classified it as a Schedule II substance , which means it has noted abuse potential . The drug is typically prescribed for cough and pain relief. The drug ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Loved One with a Dilaudid Addiction

    How to Approach an Addict Helping a loved one with a Dilaudid addiction can be incredibly challenging. It is important to be supportive and helpful without enabling your loved one to continue using. Some tips from the National Council on Alcoholism ...

    ... or violent. Is taking several mood-altering substances. Has discussed suicide or exhibited suicidal behavior. ... of Addiction? Some common signs of Dilaudid addiction/abuse include: Needing more of the drug to achieve ... continue reading
  • New Programs Aimed at Appalachian Opioid Crisis

    A crushing avalanche is crippling Appalachian communities, but it's not the mountainous disaster you might think. This avalanche is a deadly onslaught of opioids . In 2014, the seven Appalachian states accounted for more than a fifth of nationwide ...

    ... to these crushing statistics, the National Institute on Drug Abuse, the Appalachian Regional Commission, the Centers for Disease Control and the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration have teamed up to ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Norco Addict

    Help for Norco Addicts Hear from others who have loved ones facing addiction. Norco is an opiate prescription medication commonly used to provide relief from moderate to severe symptoms of pain, such as that which accompanies dental work or surgery. ...

    ... effects of other drugs. Norco is classified as a Schedule II controlled substance , which means that: It carries a high potential for abuse. It may lead to psychological and/or physical dependence. While psychological ... continue reading
  • Newsflash: Tramadol Really is an Opiate

    For years, tramadol was thought of as a safe alternative to opiates . It was viewed as less habit-forming and easier to tolerate than its “stronger” counterparts like oxycodone. Doctors handed out free samples of Ultram (tramadol's brand name), ...

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  • New Experimental Opioid Makes Some Awfully Big Promises

    For many, getting hooked on opioids starts innocently enough. Typically, it's a way to find relief from chronic pain. But the feeling of euphoria - or “high” - that accompanies each dose is ultimately what keeps users coming back for more, ...

    ... key difference: it's designed to reach the brain slower. This plays a big part in deterring substance abuse , says Doberstein, especially since science suggests the euphoric effect of opioids is influenced by their rate ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Opiates on the Body

    Share on Twitter Share on Facebook They're potent, they're dangerous - and they could be in your medicine cabinet. In 2012, 259 million prescriptions for painkillers, such as Vicodin , OxyContin , and Opana, were written in the U.S. When used ...

    ... crushed pills poses its own dangers. These substances and practices can affect almost every part ... wait for the potentially life-altering consequences of opiate abuse to mount - call to speak with a compassionate treatment ... continue reading
  • Hydrocodone Overdose

    Hydrocodone (brand names include Anexsia, Vicodin, Vicoprofen, Norco) is an opioid painkiller medication that is available by prescription. It is the most frequently prescribed opioid analgesic in the United States, and it is diverted and abused at ...

    ... relapse, understand addiction better, and gain deeper insight into their own reasons for turning to substance abuse. Program options include: Outpatient treatment programs , which allow the recovering person to live at ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Dilaudid Use

    Is Dilaudid Harmful? Dilaudid (hydromorphone) is an opioid analgesic prescribed to relieve pain. It is available in hospital settings as an injectable solution, or may be prescribed in either an oral solution or tablet form. Its use is frequently ...

    ... duration of action. It is a Schedule II drug under the Controlled Substances Act, with accepted medical use for pain relief but a high potential for abuse and dependence. According to the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Hydrocodone Addict

    If an addiction to hydrocodone is consuming your life or the life of someone you care about, you're not alone. Help is available, and it isn't hard to find when you know where to look. How to Approach a Hydrocodone Addict The abuse of hydrocodone ...

    ... to look. How to Approach a Hydrocodone Addict The abuse of hydrocodone can lead to serious health and social consequences ... treatment programs provide many with quality substance abuse treatment, but with enough flexibility ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Dextromethorphan Addict

    DXM is often abused for the euphoric effects that it can elicit when taken in larger-than-recommended doses. Because dextromethorphan is found in cough syrup and other cold and cough medicine formulations, it can frequently be found on the shelves ...

    ... be obtained by anyone - heightening its potential for abuse and addiction. Like other abused substances, recovery from any type or level of abuse or addiction is possible. Help for Addicts Addiction to dextromethorphan ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Lortab Use

    Lortab is the combination of hydrocodone , an opiate used to manage pain, and acetaminophen , an over-the-counter analgesic and antipyretic (fever reducer) that augments the pain-relieving effects of the hydrocodone. Lortab is prescribed in pill ...

    ... harm to the liver . When combined with alcohol, another liver-damaging substance, Lortab's dangerous effects are heightened to extreme levels. Lortab abuse and addiction can be damaging to your body and your life in a ... continue reading
  • Methadone Overdose

    Some see it as merely replacing one addiction with another, however others see it as the lesser of two evils since, unlike street drugs, methadone may be legally prescribed and requires ongoing medical supervision. In a perfect world, both addiction ...

    ... in injections rather than taking orally, as intended. Mixing methadone with other substances such as other opioids, sedatives, cocaine, or alcohol. Abusing the drug when no one is around to notice medical red flags, such ... continue reading
  • Methadone Withdrawal

    Methadone is a prescription opioid medication primarily used for the treatment of opioid addiction and dependence. When used in this manner, it is highly controlled and only dispensed from locations that meet high standards to monitor use 1,2,3 . ...

    ... rooms were linked to methadone in 2011. The risks linked to the abuse of methadone are many, so those misusing and/or addicted to this substance are advised to seek treatment from a professional to safely end their use ... continue reading
  • Snorting Morphine

    Morphine is a prescription opioid medication used to treat relatively severe pain 1 . Morphine is prescribed in a variety of forms, including liquid solution, tablets, and capsules, and is only intended to be used under the supervision of a medical ...

    ... . This causes an intensely pleasurable experience or “high.” Abusing morphine is dangerous because it can lead to the ... in an inpatient or outpatient substance abuse treatment program. Inpatient treatment programs ... continue reading
  • Dilaudid Abuse

    Dilaudid (hydromorphone) is a prescription opioid prescribed for the relief of pain. It may be prescribed as a liquid, tablet, rectal suppository, or injectable solution. In 2014, an estimated 4.3 million people used narcotic pain relievers such as ...

    ... illegally on the Internet. To help prevent teen drug abuse, parents should keep prescription medications out of reach, have periodic conversations about substance abuse, and acquaint themselves with the common signs and ... continue reading
  • Opioid Overdose

    Opioids are a class of substances that includes many synthetic and semi-synthetic drugs manufactured from opiate alkaloid precursors found in the opium poppy. Some of the most commonly prescribed opioid medications— Vicodin , OxyContin , and ...

    ... their addiction, while also building the skills to manage cravings and resist triggers for continued substance abuse. There are many program options to fit individual needs, including: Outpatient treatment allows people ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Percocet Addict

    Help for Percocet Addicts If you're battling an addiction to Percocet (the combination of acetaminophen and oxycodone - an opiate-derived pain reliever ), you're not alone. According to the 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, approximately ...

    ... dose of opioid effects while avoiding the intense highs and lows encountered with the particular type of substance abuse being treated. Buprenorphine - Mimics the effects of opioids without the addictive high or the ... continue reading
  • Fentanyl Abuse

    What Is Fentanyl? Fentanyl is a synthetic opiate pain reliever. It's typically prescribed to patients for severe pain or injury , or after a patient has undergone surgery. It works quickly to eliminate any pain in the body. However, it can also be ...

    ... fentanyl may experience a state of euphoria and relaxation and may abuse it in attempt to seek these feelings on a regular basis ... Statistics Fentanyl is a highly addictive substance that has many inherent dangers. Note ... continue reading
  • Percocet Overdose

    What is Percocet? Percocet is an opioid painkiller medication containing oxycodone and acetaminophen 1 . When abused, it has a high potential for deadly overdose . In fact, in 2015 nearly 18,000 people died due to overdose on opioid painkillers like ...

    ... aftercare. Treatment program options vary widely to accommodate any individual's needs. Verify Your Substance Abuse Treatment Insurance Inpatient treatment allows the recovering individual to stay for a duration of time ... continue reading
  • How to Help an Opiate Addict

    Help for Opiates Addicts Opiates are some of the most abused drugs in America, with prescription opiates accounting for up to 5.1 million cases of addiction. Around 210 million doses of opiates, including morphine , OxyContin and Vicodin , were ...

    ... it clear you won't be enabling their drug or alcohol abuse anymore, if you have been. It's very likely that your ... problems on any number of other factors besides their substance use. For example, if their using led to ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Fentanyl Use

    Is Fentanyl Dangerous? Fentanyl may be administered through: Patches. Oral or nasal spray. Lollipops (a 'troche' or lozenge with a stick handle). Injection. Fentanyl is a potent, synthetic opioid analgesic - excellent for controlling serious pain, ...

    ... groups can help prevent relapse and provide ongoing support through the lifelong process of recovery from substance abuse. If you or someone you know is struggling with Fentanyl addiction, please call to discuss your ... continue reading
  • Effects of Roxicodone Addiction

    Roxicodone (“Roxy”) is one available brand version of oxycodone—a powerful semi-synthetic opioid painkiller. 1,2 The medicinal effect of opioids like oxycodone is brought on by a change in the way the brain and body respond to pain. Rather ...

    ... and more readily available on the street. 4,5 Are you abusing Roxy or any other painkillers? Don't wait until it' ... prevent relapse. You can seek treatment from a substance detox/treatment center where you can receive the ... continue reading
  • Oxycodone Overdose

    Oxycodone is a semi-synthetic opioid painkiller that is available in a range of doses and formulations (brand names include OxyContin, Percocet, Percodan, and Roxicet). Individuals who abuse oxycodone are at high risk of experiencing an overdose, ...

    ... . Oxycodone overdose is a potentially life-threatening situation that can be avoided with the help of substance abuse recovery efforts. Call us at to find a treatment center and get started on your recovery journey today ... continue reading
  • Vicodin Overdose

    Vicodin is the brand name for an opioid painkiller medication that contains hydrocodone and acetaminophen 1 . Opioids can be very addictive for individuals who abuse them, which can include taking more than the prescribed dose, taking them in a way ...

    ... effects. This is known as developing a tolerance to a substance , which often leads to increased drug taking to overcome ... of a lethal overdose. If a person who has abused Vicodin in the past uses the same dose after a ... continue reading
  • Can You Overdose on Painkillers?

    Some of the most predominantly prescribed pain management medications are opioid analgesics (painkillers). These prescription drugs interact with opioid receptors throughout the brain, initiating a chain of events that ultimately brings pain relief ...

    ... in an efficient and effective manner, so as to give the victim the best chance for survival. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Service Administration (SAMHSA) has provided a detailed guide for what to do in the event ... continue reading
  • Opioid Painkiller Abuse

    The category of prescription painkillers covers a wide variety of opioid drugs, including morphine , codeine , oxycodone ( OxyContin , Percocet ), and hydrocodone ( Vicodin , Norco )—as controlled substances, each of these drugs have inherent ...

    ... ( OxyContin , Percocet ), and hydrocodone ( Vicodin , Norco )—as controlled substances, each of these drugs have inherent abuse potential. Painkiller abuse can range from codeine cough syrup misuse to the diversion and ... continue reading
  • The Effects of OxyContin Use

    Is OxyContin Harmful? OxyContin is an opiate that is often prescribed for moderate to strong post-surgical pain or more chronic pain situations. Prescription rates are high in the United States. The drug is comprised of oxycodone— a substance that ...

    ... States. The drug is comprised of oxycodone— a substance that derives from opiate alkaloids found in the opium ... risk of septicemia . OxyContin Dependence OxyContin abuse often leads to OxyContin dependence, which means ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Percocet Use

    Is Percocet Harmful? When abused, Percocet can be quite harmful. Percocet is the brand name of a narcotic pain reliever containing a combination of oxycodone and acetaminophen (Tylenol) that is used to treat moderate to severe pain. The short-term ...

    ... Use and Health, in 2007 approximately 20.8 million persons aged 12 or older needed treatment for a substance abuse problem but did not receive help. Prescription drug abusers make up a significant portion of those in ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Hydrocodone Use

    About Hydrocodone Hydrocodone is a prescription medication sold under multiple brand names, such as: Vicodin. Norco. Lortab. The aforementioned trade names are combinations of hydrocodone and acetaminophen. Other trade formulations also exist that ...

    ... in the future. Mental health treatment , like cognitive-behavioral therapy , can help those addicted to retrain their minds and teach them new ways to deal with pain and other circumstances that led to substance abuse. continue reading
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