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  • Painkiller Detox and Withdrawal

    Prescription painkillers are opioid medications that manage pain and, furthermore, exhibit activity throughout the brain's pleasure centers. Their interaction with opioid receptors in the brain results in a down-modification of the sensations of ...

    ... other drugs? Do you drink alcohol? What are your drug-taking and drinking habits and patterns? Have you been in ... risk and requires regular visitation to a methadone clinic. A single dose of methadone lasts anywhere ... 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, ...

    ... how the body responds to pain through its interaction with opioid receptors. Opioid receptor activation is ... can help to manage opioid withdrawal symptoms and reduce cravings. Methadone is a long-acting full opioid agonist ... 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 ...

    ... at the same time as other substances, like alcohol or other drugs. Some older adults may be ... Using benzodiazepines and opioids together can be especially risky and can result in serious interactions. According ... continue reading
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  • The Effects of Vicodin Use

    Vicodin is an prescription painkiller medication that is comprised of two substances: Hydrocodone. Acetaminophen . Hydrocodone is an opiate drug that works as a pain reliever , useful in managing multiple levels of pain with similar efficacy to ...

    ... do so in combination with alcohol or other drugs . Since Vicodin and alcohol each exert central nervous system ... effects. This is accomplished through the drug's interaction with the body's reward system . It creates ... 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 ...

    ... . Mixing the medication with other drugs or alcohol. Taking a medication that was not prescribed for ... injuries or illnesses and need opioids. However, they are also at risk of the interactions of multiple medications. ... 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 ...

    ... more injuries or illnesses and need opioids. However, they are also at risk of the interactions of multiple medications. 2 ... person may also overdose when: They take alcohol or sedating medications with their painkillers. ... 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 ...

    ... This can lead to unintentional misuse and dangerous drug interactions 3 . Understanding the dangers of ... from that which is prescribed. Mix the drug with alcohol or other sedatives . Symptoms of an oxy overdose include ... continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    ... and addiction. Through a series of complicated physiological processes, the prolonged interaction of ... is little to no potential for abuse. Methadone, buprenorphine, and another medication called naltrexone, which is a ... continue reading
  • Snorting Methadone

    Individuals caught in a downward spiral of substance abuse and addiction constantly look for ways to enhance or maintain the high produced by their substance of choice. They may take more of their drug, take it more often, or find some other way to ...

    ... concentration of the drug in the brain 5,7 . Snorting methadone will not produce a high as intense as smoking or injecting ... potential drug interactions that might exacerbate the risk of irregular heartbeat and death. Be ... 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 ...

    ... affords you the flexibility to get treatment while managing your daily responsibilities. Is Methadone Addictive? Methadone is an opiate and, like many drugs in this class, its use carries significant, inherent risk for ... 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 . ...

    ... . Almost 67,000 visits to emergency 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 ... 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 ...

    ... this often happens when the drug has been mixed with other substances, including alcohol and benzodiazepines. In addition, the long-term effects of methadone abuse are almost as bad as those of heroin. The drug causes ... 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 ...

    ... you to an appropriate outpatient OTP to continue treatment. 10 When looking for a clinic, read reviews about the methadone clinic and ask plenty of questions like: How often do I have to come to the center? When is the ... continue reading
  • Methadone Abuse

    What Is Methadone? Methadone is one of a handful of drugs approved for used in the pharmaceutical treatment of opioid addiction and dependence . If someone has an addiction to heroin, morphine, or prescription painkillers, they may be prescribed ...

    ... articles on the subject include the following: The Effects of Methadone Use How to Help a Methadone Addict Concurrent Alcohol and Methadone Abuse Does Methadone Treatment Suppress Testosterone in Opioid Addicts? Join the ... 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 ...

    ... methadone-free for some time. This is because those who have stopped using methadone ... alcohol. Do not crush methadone to snort or inject it. When taking methadone for pain management, use a medication reminder box and ... 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 ...

    ... withdrawal. The 3 main types of active ingredients in FDA approved medications to treat opioid dependency are methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone . 20 Studies have shown that MAT helps reduce the risk of overdose ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

    ... noise around the baby. When babies are born with severe NAS, they may need medicines such as morphine and methadone to help treat their withdrawal symptoms. In some cases, a second medicine such as clonidine may be added ... 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, ...

    ... chronic or severe pain. Examples of synthetic opiates include Dilaudid, Demerol, Oxycodone, Vicodin, Fentanyl and Methadone. Whether natural or synthetic, opiate substances are highly addictive . How Do Opiates Work ... continue reading
  • Will These New Tools Help to Fight Opioid Addiction?

    With 78 Americans dying every day from opioid overdose, there's no question that our country is in the midst of an epidemic. But the good news is that there's hope on the horizon. Help is on the Way In May of this year, the U.S. Food and Drug ...

    ... if an overdose does occur. Currently, opioid addiction treatment relies on other opioids, such as methadone and buprenorphine (Suboxone) to relieve withdrawal cravings for opioids. Thus, this vaccine is a novel approach ... 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” ...

    ... central nervous system (CNS) depressants such as alcohol and benzodiazepines. What Does It Mean to Be ... long-term maintenance treatment with drugs such as methadone and buprenorphine can greatly improve an opiate addict's ... continue reading
  • Does Opioid Addiction Cause Sexual Dysfunction in Men?

    A new study out of India has found that most men suffering from opioid addiction are also dealing with sexual dysfunction as a result. The research paper, titled “Sexual Dysfunction in Men Seeking Treatment for Opioid Dependence: A Study from ...

    ... were addicted to opioids for at least a year and 50 healthy participants with no addiction history. After surveying ... up to 62 percent of men receiving methadone maintenance for their addiction reported low testosterone ... 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 ...

    ... 4. Medications Can Help You may be wondering what medications your doctor will prescribe you. Both methadone and buprenorphine (Suboxone, Subutex) are long-acting medications that are taken daily. These drugs can be used ... 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 ...

    ... here for them and that you're on your side, but make it clear you won't be enabling their drug or alcohol abuse anymore, ... your health and addiction history. You may be switched onto an alternative opioid like methadone or ... 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 ...

    ... . Buprenorphine: Treats withdrawal symptoms, decreases urges to use, and shortens length of detox. Like methadone, it can also be used as long-term maintenance and may be given in combination with naloxone (as Suboxone ... 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 ...

    ... be slowly tapered until full abstinence is achieved. Buprenorphine —Like methadone, this partial opioid agonist will aid in reducing withdrawals and cravings. Naltrexone —This substance works by blocking the effects of ... 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 ...

    ... - A long-acting synthetic opioid agonist that works to minimize withdrawal symptoms and curb cravings. Methadone is taken orally on a daily basis and is administered in a clinic. Buprenorphine - A synthetic opioid that ... 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 ...

    ... 2017 were related to fentanyl and/or other synthetic narcotics (excluding methadone). 8 Fentanyl can produce effects ... in individuals combining Actiq and other substances, such as alcohol, other opioids, sedatives, ... 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), ...

    ... abruptly can experience withdrawal symptoms including diarrhea, pain, tremors, nausea, anxiety, sweating and insomnia. Due to its interactions with brain receptors, tramadol can be habit-forming. Its euphoric effects are ... 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 ...

    ... central nervous system depressants such as alcohol, benzodiazepines, and other drugs in the opioid category. ... and reduce cravings include methadone, buprenorphine, and clonidine: Methadone helps with drug cravings and ... 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 ...

    ... ways other than prescribed. Combine morphine with alcohol or other drugs , especially benzodiazepines 1 . ... pronounced, euphoric high. Methadone can reduce urges to use other opioids and prevent withdrawal. Naltrexone —An ... 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 ...

    ... by acting on the opioid receptors in the brain and throughout the body. Complex molecular interactions follow this interaction, including a decrease of GABA activity, and a subsequent upswing in the release of dopamine ... 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 ...

    ... . Holly discovered Ibogaine has been effective in treating other addictions too, including alcohol, Suboxone, Methadone, prescription painkillers , and stimulants. She learned that it works by interrupting the pattern of ... 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, ...

    ... using with prescription opioids include benzodiazepines , alcohol, or other types of depressants. 1 ... Common medications used include the opioid agonists methadone and buprenorphine (both also potential medical detox drugs ... 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 ...

    ... alone. According to the 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, approximately 6.5 million Americans age 12 years ... monthly. Methadone - A long-acting synthetic opioid that reduces withdrawal symptoms and cravings by ... 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, ...

    ... addiction frequently requires medication, like the opioid substitutes Methadone or Suboxone. Due to problems related to stigma and abuse, however, many hospitals and clinics refuse to carry or provide these medications ... 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 ...

    ... brain, initiating a chain of events that ultimately brings pain relief to the user. The interaction between painkillers and specific opioid receptors also results in activation of our reward centers—a phenomenon that is ... 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 ...

    ... include medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for the management of opiate withdrawal and cravings. Medications used as part of MAT may include: Methadone — A long-acting synthetic opioid agonist medication. It is used to ... 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 ...

    ... that relapse is not only possible, but likely, and that aftercare is crucial to long-term sobriety. Approaching ... and abstinent environment. There are many maintenance medications such as methadone, buprenorphine, 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 ...

    ... relapse . Medications may be used to manage your withdrawal. For example, methadone and Suboxone are options for opiate withdrawal. Once detox is complete, addiction treatment will begin in earnest. Effective treatment ... continue reading
  • How to Help an Oxycodone Addict

    Oxycodone is an opioid pain reliever prescribed to people experiencing moderate or severe pain. Due to the drug's ability to act on the opioid receptors in the body (and for extended periods, with some formulations) oxycodone is a highly useful ...

    ... them from a place of improved understanding about the drug and its effects. When you finally decide to bring up the ... medication like buprenorphine (Suboxone, Subutex) or methadone . These substances can be controlled in a ... continue reading
  • Oxycodone Abuse

    What Is Oxycodone? ? Oxycodone is a pain-relieving drug that is prescribed frequently to address moderate to severe pain. The substance is found alone and in combination with other pain relievers in a tablet form under several brand names including: ...

    ... Abuse Oxycodone is considered an opioid receptor agonist . One of the effects of this molecular interaction between the drug and receptor is in increasing dopamine activity in key brain regions. Dopamine is an important ... 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 ...

    ... other sedating chemicals like alcohol or sleeping pills, suffering ... and how the drugs interact with the brain and stop your breathing, they can conduct additional studies and figure out how to block the lethal interaction ... 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 ...

    ... positive benefits 6,7 . Side Effects People that use and abuse ACTIQ are at risk of many unwanted side effects, ... methadone or buprenorphine that produces opioid effects at significantly lower levels to reduce cravings and ... continue reading
  • Signs & Symptoms of Hydromorphone Abuse

    Hydromorphone is a prescription medication used for the long-term treatment of moderate to severe pain that cannot be managed by other pain medicines or non-pharmacologic options. Hydromorphone is an opioid pain medication that is available as a(n) ...

    ... . Increased sleepiness. These results arise via the biomolecular interaction between hydromorphone and specific structures throughout the brain and spinal cord known as opioid receptors 5 . Once attached to the receptors ... 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 ...

    ... as a substitute . Additional Resources For more information about codeine's effects and codeine addiction, visit the following pages: Concurrent Alcohol and Codeine Abuse Effects of Opiates on the Body Visit our Forum ... 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 ...

    ... misusers grind up tablets, mix them with water or alcohol, and inject them. This can lead to heart problems, ... help treat opioid disorders, including methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone. 1 These medications help ... 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 ...

    ... and clammy skin. Blue tint to lips and fingernails. Constricted pupils. Muscle weakness. Severe drowsiness. Loss of consciousness. Coma. Alcohol ... substitutes such as buprenorphine or methadone as well as other supportive ... 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 ...

    ... -existing liver condition or when they abuse Vicodin with alcohol 1 . Snorting drugs often results in an additional ... and reduce withdrawal symptom severity . Medications include 6,9 : Full opioid agonists like methadone ... 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 ...

    ... with other drugs and alcohol may increase the ... and monitored, and to decrease cravings and provide the stability many need to commence with addiction treatment. It may only be administered at specialized clinics. Methadone ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

    ... dependence like methadone or buprenorphine. These substances work to relieve cravings and withdrawal symptoms ... include outpatient mental health therapy and outpatient drug and alcohol treatment . Each treatment method ... 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 ...

    ... /acetaminophen combination drug is abused simultaneously with alcohol. Long-term prescription use presents risks that ... misuse. Methadone: A long-acting synthetic opioid that helps with withdrawal symptoms and relieves ... 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 ...

    ... pain signaling in the central nervous system through interaction with your body's numerous opioid receptors. As ... when taking the medication. Mixing hydrocodone with alcohol or other drugs. Continuing to take the substance ... continue reading
  • The 5 Most Dangerous Painkiller Myths

    While painkiller use is widespread, there is a vast amount of false information surrounding them. Unfortunately, many people begin using opioid painkillers knowing little about them. Given few details about these drugs - how they work, when to take ...

    ... ). Oxycodone (OxyContin, Percocet). Morphine . Codeine . Methadone . The substances work to change the perception of ... 1999 and 2014. The risk of overdose increases when medication is mixed with alcohol, benzodiazepines ... 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 ...

    ... like alcohol , other opioids, or depressant medications like benzodiazepines, barbiturates, and sleep ... of withdrawal without producing an intoxicating effect. Methadone , a full opioid agonist that alleviates withdrawal ... 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 ...

    ... , Norco has a high potential for abuse and addiction . Interaction of Norco with other drugs and alcohol poses significant dangers . Additional medications, illicit drugs, and alcohol all add to a growing list of side ... 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 ...

    ... own valid prescription. Taking it with alcohol, illicit drugs, or some other medications ... methadone, or naltrexone. Cognitive-behavioral therapy (CBT). This approach explores the connections between thoughts, feelings, and ... 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 ...

    ... severe, medications such as methadone , buprenorphine, and clonidine may be administered to ... with other sedative drugs or alcohol. Repeated use can cause serious health problems and even death. Calling for Help ... 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, ...

    ... decreased 6 . Combining fentanyl use with alcohol or other drugs can increase the overdose ... and behavioral therapies to reduce cravings and promote recovery. Pharmacotherapies include 6,9 : Opioid agonists like methadone ... continue reading
  • 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, ...

    ... was snorted or injected. What's the Bottom Line? Though NKTR-181 isn't yet approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the company plans to discuss its next steps with the agency in the near future. They're ... continue reading
  • How Similar are Heroin and Prescription Opioids?

    Heroin is an illicit street drug that produces a drowsy, euphoric high. Prescription opioids are legal medications prescribed by doctors to treat pain. Both heroin and prescription painkillers belong to the family of drugs known as opioids, which ...

    ... euphoric high. Prescription opioids are legal medications prescribed by doctors to treat pain. Both heroin and prescription painkillers belong to the family of drugs known as opioids, which act upon particular receptors ... 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 ...

    ... she'd have to endure some fairly intense pain and a lot of physical therapy. While in the hospital, ... them. She figured, why not? They gave her a boost of energy and mentally made her feel like a champ, so why let them go ... 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 ...

    ... argument. Studies have shown that up to 40 percent of non-cancer patients on opiates show signs of addiction and that opiates aren't an effective method of treating chronic pain . Another major push from drug makers is ... continue reading
  • Public Restrooms Have Become Ground Zero in Opioid Epidemic

    The opioid epidemic has impacted countless families, but according to a recent article on NPR.org , people aren't the only ones affected. Public restrooms have become the newest casualty in the midst of the drug epidemic sweeping across our country. ...

    ... to use naloxone, the drug that reverses an opioid overdoses . Still, there's very little guidance on this issue. And with it being against the law to knowingly provide a space where people can use drugs, it has become a ... 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 ...

    ... to 54 comprised the majority of the deaths between 1999 and 2013, there was also a seven-fold increase in the ... these users are getting their pills for free from family and friends, it's a health hazard that shows no sign ... 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 ...

    ... , which leads to opioid abuse. Combine this with the lack of workers in the area to treat addiction and you get rising numbers of overdose deaths . Avalanche Control In response to these crushing statistics, the National ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

    ... as well as how current approaches fail to solve it. They must then propose a solution, involving technology, and describe how it solves the issue. Finally, the idea must include a description of the resources required to ... 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 ...

    ... by the desire to enhance ones mood or at the very least, get to a place where they are comfortable and relaxed. A Vicodin addiction, one of the many prescription drug addictions, is the abuse of a drug with or without ... 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 ...

    ... asking his doctor for the prescription required to pick it up at a pharmacy. His friends frantically called 911 and paramedics rushed to the scene, but it was too late. The Horror that is Opiate Addiction Opioid overdose ... 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 ...

    ... sales its first year on the market. Ten years later, sales of OxyContin ballooned to $3.1 billion and the incredibly powerful drug accounted for a whopping 30 percent of the entire painkiller market. Rise of the Opiate ... continue reading
  • Here’s a Simple Way to Decrease Opiate Cravings

    We all know that getting enough sleep is important to your mood and overall health, but it also plays a crucial role in addiction recovery, too. According to a recent Penn State study , squeezing in enough shut-eye can actually lower drug cravings ...

    ... Behaviors, marking the first time researchers were able to establish a connection between a patient's positive mood and lower-than-usual drug cravings. The Importance of Getting Some ZZZ's When you think about it, these ... 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 ...

    ... the user. The right treatment, however, can help you or your loved one break free from addiction and find health and happiness. Help for Addicts If you, a friend, or family member is addicted to morphine, seek treatment ... 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 ...

    ... a professional interventionist . If you bring up incidents related to your loved one's drug use, be specific and avoid blaming or criticizing. An effective way to communicate is to show how much you care about the person ... 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 ...

    ... oxygen to the brain. While waiting for help to arrive, tilt the victim's head back, pinch the nose, and seal their mouth with yours. Breathe out two short breaths, then one long breath every five seconds. Not only can ... 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 ...

    ... Orleans, noted, “What we're seeing is that the use of methamphetamines has recently moved out of trailer parks and rural areas and into inner cities…It used to be the only way we got meth patients was when they came to ... 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, ...

    ... a chance to recover in own social, family, and work environment . This can be an advantage since this ... teen use : Keep any Lortab in your house securely locked and out of reach. Pay attention to the friends with whom your ... 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 ...

    ... abuse in yourself or a loved one, don't wait to seek help. Call to learn how about addiction treatment and the road to recovery. Is Fentanyl More Deadly Than Heroin? Effects of Fentanyl Abuse When someone has a long-term ... 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 ...

    ... , they just change the experience of pain. Fentanyl is a synthetic opioid that is 50 times more potent than heroin and 100 times more potent than morphine. The FDA approves this powerful painkiller for 1 , 2 : Use before ... 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 ...

    ... drug (a sign of tolerance)? Have you ever referred to Vicodin as your favorite drug? Do you feel uncomfortable and odd without the substance? This is a sign of dependence. Do you feel muscle aches when you stop taking ... 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 ...

    ... . If you or someone you know is in physical pain, advocating for the best care possible may be necessary. And taking a prescription opioid may not be the best option. Through close examination of your needs, doctors 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 ...

    ... use. Resorting to illegal activity in order to buy the drug. OxyContin addiction doesn't have to be a life sentence , and you can take the first step to stop it today . It won't matter whether you're an inpatient or an ... 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, ...

    ... . The abuser of the drug will begin to notice that the initial dose of the medication no longer “works”, and repeated or more frequent doses of the codeine are required to achieve the desired effect . When taken in high ... 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 ...

    ... : According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), as of 2011 6.4 million children between the ages of 4 and 17 had been given an ADHD diagnosis. Data from the CDC indicates a steady increase in ADHD diagnoses , with ... 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, ...

    ... As with the development of tolerance to any drug, long-term Fentanyl use will require an individual to take more and more Fentanyl to achieve the same high . This can lead to the user taking dangerous dosages of the drug ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Ultram Use

    Ultram (trade name: tramadol ) is an opiate analgesic typically prescribed for pain that is moderate to moderately severe. When introduced, it was regarded as having a very low potential for addiction; however, its instance of abuse and dependency ...

    ... in an attempt to curb illicit use of the drug, and to make it unlawful if found in possession of it without ... , to ensure that you have gained the skills and support to continue your recovery after treatment ends. The ... 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 ...

    ... Methylphenidate side effects vary from user to user, and the full list of possible side effects is robust ... body builds up a tolerance, you will have to take more and more of the drug to achieve the same effects as you ... continue reading
  • Hydrocodone History and Statistics

    What Is Hydrocodone? Hydrocodone is powerful opiate drug that serves dual purposes when used as directed. It is both an effective cough suppressant and a pain reliever for moderate to severe pain. Studies show that hydrocodone is: More beneficial ...

    ... hydrocodone, but the drug can create addiction and dependence in people with legitimate prescriptions, ... year use of Vicodin, a widely prescribed mix of hydrocodone and acetaminophen: By 8 th graders was 1% in 2014 (down ... 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 ...

    ... aler t in 2015 regarding its dangers . Fentanyl acts similarly to more commonly well-known drugs like heroin and morphine , both of which can rapidly lead to addiction. Like other opiates, it interacts with the body's ... 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, ...

    ... norepinephrine in the brain. When someone is diagnosed with ADHD, they are prescribed the lowest effective dose and, while adhering to such a dose, are at minimal risk for experiencing a stimulant “high”. However, when ... 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 ...

    ... that is available by prescription. It is the most frequently prescribed opioid analgesic in the United States, and it is diverted and abused at a higher rate than any other legal or illicit opioid 1 . In 2011, nearly 30 ... 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 ...

    ... of the fastest growing drugs of abuse in the US, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the impact is disastrous. Opioid overdoses from drugs such as Demerol have more than quadrupled over ... 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 ...

    ... revealed that 1 in 10 American teenagers abused prescription pain medications to get high in the last year, and that roughly 6% of those teenagers had abused them within 30 days prior to taking the survey. Hydromorphone ... 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 ...

    ... taking too many pills at once, or crushing them up to be snorted or injected) elicits more intense effects and increases the risk of complications. An estimated 1.9 million people in the United States are dependent on or ... 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 ...

    ... 12th graders reported using narcotics other than heroin in the past month. 1.7% of 12th graders, 1.1% of 10th graders, and 0.6% of 8th graders reported using Vicodin in the past year. 2.3% of 12th graders, 2.2% of 10th ... 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 ...

    ... other opiates. In fact: The MTF survey found that lifetime abuse of Vicodin was higher among both 10 th and 12 th graders than non-medical use of OxyContin (oxycodone). The NSDUH data also show about twice as many teens ... 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 ...

    ... 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 ... 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. ...

    ... for abuse. It may lead to psychological and/or physical dependence. While psychological dependence is unlikely ... a prescription. Using additional substances—such as alcohol, benzodiazepines or stimulants—at the same time ... 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 ...

    ... of high that DXM produces may take it large amounts and over time may over time become addicted to the substance ... when someone mixes DXM with other drugs like alcohol , that person increases the likelihood of developing ... 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 ...

    ... 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, found that about 1 in 30 high school seniors has abused ... 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 ...

    ... 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 than “curing” pain, Roxicodone acts on the brain's opioid receptors to reduce the person ... continue reading
  • Opiate Relapse

    Opiate abuse and addiction has become an epidemic with a vast impact on the health and welfare of individuals and societies worldwide 1 . The statistics provided by the National Institute on Drug Abuse offer a snapshot of the epidemic that helps to ...

    ... you can attend weekly or biweekly can remind you of why you chose to be sober, what your strengths are, and how to remain firm in your decision to live a life of sobriety. Without this, people can feel alone, depressed ... continue reading
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