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  • Percocet Abuse

    Since the mid-1990s, rates of prescription drug abuse have skyrocketed. Today, the widespread abuse of prescription medication—whether it involves opioid painkillers, sedatives or stimulants—is being recognized as a serious national health ...

    ... moderate to severe pain that is not typically chronic in nature (i.e., post-surgical pain, pain from a sustained ... Consumer Reports provides an overview of the addictive potential of prescription opiates like Percocet and ... continue reading
  • Are Prescription Painkillers as Addictive as Heroin?

    The Link Between Painkillers and Heroin Common Prescription Opioids Vicodin . OxyContin . Percocet . Lortab . Norco . Tramadol . According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), in 2011, 4.2 million Americans aged 12 or over had used heroin ...

    ... solutions available. Call 1-888-744-0069 Who Answers? to find a program. Due to the highly addictive nature of opioids and the intensity of their withdrawal symptoms (which sap the resolve of many making an attempt ... continue reading
  • How Concerned Should We Be About Opiates?

    Opiates are a group of drugs that manage pain by depressing the central nervous system (CNS). There are two different kinds of opiates: natural and synthetic. Natural opiates come from the dried “milk” of the poppy plant and include opium, ...

    ... . Because of the small concentration found in nature, most codeine in medical products is synthesized from ... 7 Heroin: Made from morphine, heroin is an extremely addictive opiate drug ; its abuse is a serious and growing ... continue reading
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  • Dextromethorphan Abuse

    Overview of Dextromethorphan Abuse When taken in excess doses and via alternative methods, DXM can actually act as a dissociative anesthetic, mimicking the effects of drugs like PCP and Ketamine. What Is DXM? Street Names Street names for ...

    ... drop in academic performance. Uncooperative nature. Effects of Dextromethorphan Abuse There ... drug is prescription does not mean that is not dangerous or addictive. Set clear rules that your child must not take medicine ... 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 ...

    ... . It doesn't mean you've failed in some way, and you shouldn't feel ashamed. The powerfully addictive nature of opioids combined with short period of time it takes to become physically dependent on them makes them an ... 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 ...

    ... . It doesn't mean you've failed in some way, and you shouldn't feel ashamed. The powerfully addictive nature of opioids combined with short period of time it takes to become physically dependent on them makes them an ... 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 ...

    ... other sedative drugs or depressant substances such as alcohol. 3 Can I Become Addicted to it? The highly addictive nature of opioids is due, in part, to their rewarding, euphoric effects. Opioids should only be used in a ... 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 ...

    ... support representative. Is Morphine Addictive? Yes, morphine can be very addictive. The risk of addiction is ... to the skin. Difficulty breathing. Due to the serious nature of some of these symptoms, it is critical to seek ... continue reading
  • Codeine Abuse

    Overview of Codeine Abuse Codeine addiction is a widespread, far-reaching problem that spans across ages, ethnicities and socioeconomic backgrounds. Codeine is an opiate drug often found in prescription-strength cough syrups, or in a combination ...

    ... as pleasant, and the user may become addicted to these effects and, in turn, the drug. The addictive nature of codeine, and the physical dependency that may develop over time, can lead to difficult and unpleasant ... 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, ...

    ... of these are related to the drug's opioid nature. Unlike other opioids, though, tramadol has another layer ... and the strong concomitant surge of dopamine, the addictive association in the brain is strengthened. Over time, ... continue reading
  • Oxycodone Abuse

    What Is Oxycodone? Those addicted to prescription opiates like oxycodone are 40 times more likely to develop a heroin abuse problem. ? Oxycodone is a pain-relieving drug that is prescribed frequently to address moderate to severe pain. The substance ...

    ... shows interviews with several people struggling with oxycodone addiction. The video illustrates the powerfully addictive nature of this drug. Warning: this video contains some explicit language. Credit: Vocativ Effects ... 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 ...

    ... was after paying more than $600 million in fines for “misleading marketing” that misrepresented the addictive nature of their pills. Something else to consider: Pharma-funded advocates often use their influence to spread ... continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    ... . Skin that is cold, pale, and/or blue. Fentanyl overdose can be treated with naloxone, but due to the potent nature of the painkiller, more than one dose of naloxone may be required. 2 If you suspect that a person may ... 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, ...

    ... , especially other depressants, can lead to negative interacting effects. Whether additive or opposing in nature, these interacting effects can lead to even more serious, life-threatening symptoms and thereby increase ... continue reading
  • Tramadol Withdrawal

    Tramadol is an opioid medication that works to relieve moderately severe pain by changing the way that the brain and nervous system perceive and respond to pain 1,2 . The substance was prescribed more than 43 million times during 2013 according to ...

    ... life-threatening. The most common risk of tramadol withdrawal is the risk of relapse. Because of the severe nature of the withdrawal, it is not uncommon for those attempting to stop using to abandon their efforts in an ... continue reading
  • Opana Abuse

    With chronic use of Opana, users may develop a tolerance to the drug - spurring a pattern of continuously taking more and more of the drug to experience the same effects. Opana is the trade name for the prescription medication, oxymorphone, a ...

    ... set of opioid withdrawal symptoms any time use is abruptly ended. A number of factors will influence the exact nature of an Opana withdrawal syndrome, including the chronicity of the abuse, the amount of recent use, and ... continue reading
  • Tramadol History and Statistics

    Tramadol (brand name: Ultram) is an oral, opioid pain-relieving drug that is marketed under a variety of of trade names - with Ultram and Ultracet being the most widely prescribed and recognized. Tramadol is most often prescribed to treat moderate ...

    ... . 1. Tramadol is a fully synthetic drug , which means that it is man-made and does not occur in nature. This is in contrast to morphine and codeine - which are natural opiates derived from the opium poppy. It also ... continue reading
  • Is Tramadol the New OxyContin?

    The epidemic of painkiller addiction is well known, and OxyContin (oxycodone) has arguably been the most notorious prescription opioid at the center of this public health emergency. Drugs like OxyContin have filled the news in recent years due to ...

    ... tramadol for use in the US in 1994. Results from animal and human studies indicated that tramadol was less addictive than other opiates, so it was classified as a non-scheduled drug . This meant that tramadol was not ... 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 ...

    ... capsules, and is only intended to be used under the supervision of a medical professional 1 . Morphine is highly addictive and is prescribed for only short periods of time—often post-surgery, or in cases where other pain ... continue reading
  • How to Help an Ultram Addict

    Substance abuse problems have the potential to negatively affect individuals, their families, and society as a whole. As addiction progresses, the sufferer's obsession with his preferred substance tends to outweigh his concern for the consequences ...

    ... . Call 1-888-744-0069 Who Answers? to discuss treatment with a support specialist now. Is Ultram Addictive? Incidence of Ultram abuse is higher than originally suspected, and cessation of use tends to produce withdrawal ... 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 ...

    ... such as morphine and heroin. History Oxycodone was first developed as part of an effort to find non-addictive alternatives to these drugs, which were commonly used in medicine before and during World War I. Unfortunately ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Painkillers Addict

    Help for Painkiller Addicts Addiction is characterized by compulsive use despite the knowledge that it's affecting your life in a myriad of negative ways. Painkillers are routinely prescribed in the United States for the management of pain , but not ...

    ... 000 of these involved opioid painkillers. With this in mind, it's clear that these drugs can have a strong addictive hold on users, and that help is crucial for anyone abusing these drugs. What Are the Signs of Addiction ... 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 ...

    ... or resources on how to start the conversation read more here. Methadone Addiction Treatment Because methadone is so addictive, it can be hard to quit on your own. As a result, addiction treatment recognizes that you may ... 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 ...

    ... your brain and nervous system respond to pain. According to the U.S. National Library of Medicine, Percocet is addictive when the medication is taken in high doses and used for an extended period of time. Anyone who is ... 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” ...

    ... % of all emergency department visits involving nonmedical use of pharmaceuticals involved prescription opiates. Addictive Properties of Prescription Opiates Prescription opiates affect the brain the same way morphine and ... continue reading
  • Snorting Percocet

    Percocet is a prescription opioid containing both oxycodone and acetaminophen. While it is an effective pain reliever, as a Schedule II controlled drug it has a high potential for abuse due to the oxycodone in it. Oxycodone is a semisynthetic opioid ...

    ... about a euphoric high is similar to that of heroin, which helps to explain why it can be so addictive. The high, however, may be accompanied by numerous side effects that range from unpleasant to deadly. Side effects of ... 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 ...

    ... such as post-operative pain, back pain etc. They can also produce euphoria, which makes them potentially addictive if used over longer periods of time. Opiate overdose accounted for more deaths in 2014 than car accidents ... 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 ...

    ... When Addiction Specialists Not Part of Care . Medline Plus. Is OxyContin Addictive? Like all opiates, OxyContin is potentially addictive. OxyContin attaches itself to the opioid receptors in the brain, preventing GABA ... 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 ...

    ... surgery. It works quickly to eliminate any pain in the body. However, it can also be very addictive. Fentanyl is much more potent than heroin and 100x more potent than morphine . Fentanyl was originally synthesized ... 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 ...

    ... rate of the medication and lead to an accidental overdose 2 . Because the cough medicine contains the addictive painkiller hydrocodone, it has a high potential for abuse and should be taken with caution. Is Tussionex ... continue reading
  • Dealing with Roxicodone Addiction

    The risk of addiction is not limited to the use of illicit substances like heroin or cocaine. Legal drugs have the potential to cause devastating addiction, as well, even if they were initially legitimately prescribed. The Substance Abuse and Mental ...

    ... samples, and engaging in healthy community activities. Is Roxicodone Addictive? Yes. Like other opioid substances, Roxicodone can be very addictive. Once consumed, the substance triggers the release of a neurotransmitter ... 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 ...

    ... the rise. 2,3,14 While a “lollipop” may seem relatively innocuous, Actiq is still fentanyl and the dangers and addictive potential exist like in any other form of this drug. If you or someone you know is misusing Actiq , ... continue reading
  • Snorting Fentanyl

    Fentanyl is a pain-relieving substance with two main uses 1 : Treating significant acute, post-operative pain following surgery. Treating chronic or breakthrough pain in people that no longer respond to other narcotic medications. Like morphine, ...

    ... opioid-tolerant patients 3,4 . Fentanyl is up to 100 times more powerful than morphine , an opiate that is addictive in its own right 1,3 . In recent years, fentanyl has become a major health concern, as its popularity ... 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 ...

    ... relievers. Use can create a high that includes feelings of euphoria and reduced tension. As an opiate, it can addictive. This means that: The body develops a tolerance to the drug and as use continues, it requires more ... 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 ...

    ... drugs in the United States as they're easy to get hold of, readily prescribed, and very addictive—a dangerous combination. Side Effects The biggest advantage to opioids is that they're very effective at controlling ... 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 ...

    ... they take the medication consistently for a long period of time. Tramadol can have numerous detrimental and addictive effects when misused. In fact, when taken in high doses, tramadol can produce effects similar to the ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Vicodin Addict

    Help for Vicodin Addiction Vicodin is one of the many brand names for the combination of acetaminophen and hydrocodone . Hydrocodone is an opioid used to treat moderate and severe pain , as well as a treatment for cough. The acetaminophen is a less ...

    ... . A renewed focus on sober coping skills can yield positive results as well. Is Vicodin Addictive? Yes, Vicodin is potentially addictive. The hydrocodone in it is a powerful prescription opioid drug that can produce the ... 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 ...

    ... at Higher Death Risk When Addiction Specialists Not Part of Care . Medline Plus. Is Hydrocodone Addictive? Doctors prescribe hydrocodone - found in several commonly prescribed opioid analgesics such as Lortab, Norco and ... 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 ...

    ... doctors direct millions of patients to take them every year. Teens may not fully appreciate the addictive and dangerous properties of these pills, especially when taken without the benefit of doctor supervision. As ... 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 ...

    ... too late to begin again. Call 1-888-744-0069 Who Answers? to take your first step today. Is Opana Addictive? Opana is a semi-synthetic opioid analgesic with roughly 5 times the potency of morphine. It is used solely for ... continue reading
  • Prescription Painkiller FAQ

    Can I get Addicted Even if I have a Prescription? Yes, you can get addicted to opioids even if you have a prescription. Opioids activate the reward pathways in the brain and induce feelings of pleasure . This mechanism acts as positive reinforcement ...

    ... induce feelings of pleasure . This mechanism acts as positive reinforcement to continue taking the drug. This addictive potential is the reason why someone taking a painkiller should be closely monitored and re-evaluated ... 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, ...

    ... has noted abuse potential . The drug is typically prescribed for cough and pain relief. The drug itself is addictive - that is, repeated use can lead to dependency and withdrawal . When used in doses and frequency that ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Ultram Use

    Ultram has been found to be far more addictive and dangerous than previously thought. Ultram (trade name: tramadol ) is an opiate analgesic typically prescribed for pain that is moderate to moderately severe. When introduced, it was regarded as ...

    ... in possession of it without a prescription. In essence, Ultram has been found to be far more addictive and dangerous than previously thought. Ultram: Reputation vs. Reality Despite its reputation for mild effects: Ultram ... 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 ...

    ... fact that is prescribed on a frequent basis does NOT mean it is without abuse potential or addictive properties. With sustained misuse, tolerance to the drug develops, along with the potential for full-fledged addiction ... 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 ...

    ... 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 Harmful? Recreational use, prolonged use and/or inappropriately ... 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 ...

    ... Abuse Hydrocodone is generally seen as the bad guy in the Norco cocktail, being the narcotic with addictive properties, but the seemingly innocent acetaminophen can be equally deadly in high doses. It can cause havoc ... 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, ...

    ... you through the process and get you on your way to a healthy, happy life today. Is Methylphenidate Addictive? Methylphenidate, which is marketed under the trade names Ritalin and Concerta , is prescribed for treatment of ... 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 ...

    ... of the first things CRAFT encourages family members and friends to do is to stop enabling the person's addictive behaviors and let them face the consequences of their actions . Members of the support system are taught to ... 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 . ...

    ... follow these links: FAQ Regarding Prescription Painkillers and Opioids. What is Causing the Opioid Addiction Epidemic? Are Prescription Painkillers as Addictive as Heroin? Join the conversation today at our Forum. 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 ...

    ... services help people overcome addiction and maintain their commitment to living drug-free lives. Is Demerol Addictive? While Demerol can be safely used when taken exactly as prescribed, it produces pleasurable effects ... 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 ...

    ... ). Opioid Abusers at Higher Death Risk When Addiction Specialists Not Part of Care . Medline Plus. Is Dilaudid Addictive? Dilaudid (hydromorphone) has a high potential for abuse, especially when taken in a way other than ... 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 ...

    ... tolerance and dependence are risk factors for addiction and go hand in hand with the development of addictive behaviors, such as: Spending increased amounts of time seeking out, using, and recovering from Roxicodone use ... continue reading
  • Opioid Hotlines

    Call Now 1-888-744-0069 Who Answers? 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 ...

    Call Now 1-888-744-0069 Who Answers? 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 ... 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 ...

    ... 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 ... 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 ...

    ... — Vicodin , OxyContin , and Percocet —are indicated for acute pain management. Opioids are highly addictive when abused, and because they depress central nervous system (CNS) functioning and corresponding key physical ... 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 . ...

    ... problems. To manage these symptoms, prescription sleep aids and several over-the-counter options such as non-addictive pain relievers may be used 8 . After withdrawal is complete, a medication called naltrexone can be ... continue reading
  • Opiate Addiction Withdrawal

    Opiates sometimes interchangeably referred to as opioids and narcotics, are a broad class of drugs. They are widely used legally and abused illicitly and include many substances that are synthesized from a handful of opiate precursors found in the ...

    ... aid the recovering user by alleviating withdrawal symptoms and reducing cravings without inducing a marked addictive, euphoric high. Buprenorphine. Like methadone, buprenorphine is an opioid that can activate the opioid ... 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 ...

    ... 7 . Extended-Release Versions Increase Dangers Extended-release was developed to minimize the drug's addictive potential by slowly and steadily releasing the drug into the bloodstream, therefore reducing its euphoric ... continue reading
  • Snorting Vicodin

    Vicodin is the brand name for a prescription medication that is frequently used for the treatment of moderate to moderately severe pain. Vicodin is comprised of two active pain relievers 1 : Hydrocodone - an opioid pain reliever. Hydrocodone it is a ...

    ... 3 . Acetaminophen - a common over-the-counter pain reliever. Vicodin has the potential to be addictive. The drug triggers a temporary elevation in the dopamine activity in certain regions of the brain (especially ... 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 ...

    ... when ill effects are likely to occur. Strong cravings for more of the substance. Addiction and addictive behaviors will be more apparent than dependence, since dependence has few outward indicators. Perhaps the clearest ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

    ... Misuse of methadone can easily lead to methadone dependence. Because the effects are so similar to heroin, it can be addictive on its own, even as it is used in the treatment of heroin dependence. The good news is that ... 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 ...

    ... will sometimes crush the pill into a powder and either snort or inject it to create an intense and addictive high—both extremely dangerous practices. OxyContin can be very harmful in the short-term, and its misuse can ... 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 ...

    ... —but the tolerance and dependence that can develop with opioid painkillers—which have the potential to be highly addictive—may lead to misuse and even death. 1,2,3 Click the image above for the full infographic ... 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, ...

    ... controlled substance—meaning that it has a recognized potential for abuse and dependence. 2 Is Tramadol Addictive? Tramadol, like all opioid analgesics, has the potential for misuse and addiction. While it is considered ... 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, ...

    ... in the brain, but it also induces a sense of euphoria, making it extremely effective but also highly addictive . Signs and Symptoms People who take Vicodin tend to feel a rush of euphoria and relaxation, in addition ... continue reading
  • How to Help an Oxycodone Addict

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  • Prescription Opioid Addiction

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    ... opioids and how are they abused? How do opioids affect the body, and why are they addictive? What are the signs and symptoms of prescription opioid dependence? What are the withdrawal symptoms associated with ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Norco Addict

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    ... , which target both the psychological and physiological drug dependence associated with addiction. Is It Addictive? Norco is the brand name for a prescription medication combining the following drugs: Hydrocodone ... continue reading
  • Lortab Abuse

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    ... . Monitor your teen's Internet activity. Explain to your teen that prescription drugs can be just as dangerous and addictive as illegal drugs. If you suspect that your teen is using Lortab, or other drugs, keep your eye ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Dextromethorphan Addict

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    ... abuse controlling your life? Help is available. Learn about treatment programs now. Is Dextromethorphan Addictive? When taken in doses above those intended, dextromethorphan can: Produce drunk feelings/euphoria. Cause ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Lortab Use

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    ... , Lortab abuse poses serious risks to your health. The effects of opiate medications render them highly addictive, and what may begin as recreational misuse can quickly develop into a life-altering drug dependency . ... continue reading
  • Ultram Abuse

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  • How to Help a Fentanyl Addict

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  • The Effects of Opiates on the Body

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    ... of HIV, the virus that causes AIDS. Facing Opiate Addiction Opiate painkillers and heroin are among the most addictive drugs, and the consequences of abusing these drugs can be deadly. In 2012, the CDC estimated that 46 ... continue reading
  • Opioid Addiction: Treatment and Rehab

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