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  • 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, ...

    ... building a tolerance to oxycodone's effects, and it often leads ... and result in an overdose. Some users take oxycodone products in combination with other substances, such as alcohol or benzodiazepines. Combining oxycodone ... 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 ...

    ... when an oxycodone/acetaminophen combination drug is abused simultaneously with alcohol. Long-term ... a high potential for abuse and dependence . Physiological dependence on oxycodone involves adaptation to a persistently ... 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 ...

    ... and Percocet 1 . Oxycodone—often called “oxy”—causes users to experience a pleasurable euphoria. In seeking Oxycodone's ... contain oxycodone frequently include other ingredients such as talc, lactose, and stearyl alcohol, ... continue reading
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  • 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 is also up to 20 times cheaper than oxycodone and easier to get from Internet pharmacies 8 . This ... history of seizures and those who combine tramadol with antidepressants, antipsychotics, alcohol, or illicit drugs ... continue reading
  • Roxy Drug Abuse

    Roxicodone (often called “roxies”, “roxys” or “blues”) is one of the brand names for oxycodone, a powerful opioid prescription painkiller. Roxicodone is prescribed to alleviate pain that cannot be managed by non-opioid pain relievers. As ...

    ... may constitute substance abuse. Abuse of oxycodone-containing medications is surprisingly common. One of the ... Consider these statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 8 : In 2014, more than 14,000 ... 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 ...

    ... Effects of Percocet Though Percocet and other oxycodone-containing medications were originally used only ... it while drinking alcohol. Death due to an acetaminophen overdose is caused by liver failure and can occur days, ... 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 ...

    ... has been shown to be powerfully addictive and has long been at the forefront of the prescription opioid epidemic . Those who chronically use (or misuse) this oxycodone-containing drug are at high risk of developing ... 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 ...

    ... health therapy and outpatient drug and alcohol treatment . ... oxycodone-containing pain relievers like Percocet. Percocet facts and statistics are often aggregated with other oxycodone-based pain relievers. Percocet and ... 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 ...

    ... includes illegal substances like heroin and prescription drugs like oxycodone and morphine. Because of their ... used at the same time as other substances, like alcohol or other drugs. Some older adults may be particularly ... 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 ...

    ... . Codeine . OxyContin (oxycodone). Percocet (oxycodone + acetaminophen). Vicodin (hydrocodone ... alcohol). Again, because these drugs are respiratory depressants, overdose can result in slowed or even stopped breathing and ... 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, ...

    ... medications used to treat pain and include familiar names such as oxycodone and morphine . 3, 23 Some ... to avoid using with prescription opioids include benzodiazepines , alcohol, or other types of depressants. 1, 3, ... 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 ...

    ... (narcotic) analgesics Fentanyl Hydrocodone Morphine Oxycodone [quizBuddy quiz=”Methadone Effects” question ... has been mixed with other substances, including alcohol and benzodiazepines. In addition, the long-term effects ... 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 ...

    ... Percocet? Percocet is an opioid painkiller medication containing oxycodone and acetaminophen 1 . When abused, it has a ... Combining Percocet with other drugs, especially alcohol or benzodiazepines . Combining Percocet with ... 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, ...

    ... the same family of drugs as medications like oxycodone and hydrocodone, it works in a somewhat unusual way ... illicitly. 3 Mixing tramadol with other opioids, with alcohol or other central nervous depressants, as well as ... 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 ...

    ... oxycodone (Oxycontin), hydrocodone (Vicodin), codeine , and morphine ; synthetic opioids including fentanyl ; and ... grind up tablets, mix them with water or alcohol, and inject them. This can lead to heart problems, ... 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 ...

    ... , and aspirin, to prescribed drugs like oxycodone , codeine , morphine , Vicodin , and hydrocodone ... to severe pain and must be prescribed by a doctor. 11 They pose a danger when mixed with alcohol or certain other ... 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, ...

    ... pain medications like oxycodone, morphine, and hydrocodone, tramadol is an opioid and primarily produces its ... drugs that depress the central nervous system, like alcohol , other opioids, or benzodiazepines like Valium , ... continue reading
  • Snorting Hydrocodone

    Hydrocodone is an opioid substance used in many prescription medications to treat cough and pain. Hydrocodone is available in formulations of pure hydrocodone (Hysingla, Zohydro) or in combination with other pain relievers like ibuprofen ...

    ... Hydrocodone produces effects similar to other opioids, including oxycodone and morphine 3. It is the most frequently ... substances that may slow breathing— including alcohol and sedatives like benzodiazepines —lead to more ... 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 ...

    ... from drugs like hydromorphone, hydrocodone, and oxycodone which, while also semi-synthetic and made in a laboratory, still ... Drug Abuse tracks non-medical use of drugs and alcohol for high school students across the U.S., ... 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 ...

    ... morphine, oxycodone, and other opioids, fentanyl works by attaching to opioid receptors and altering the ... without one's own valid prescription. Taking it with alcohol, illicit drugs, or some other medications Misuse of ... 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 ...

    ... of opioid pain medications include: Hydrocodone (Vicodin, Lortab). Oxycodone (OxyContin, Percocet). Morphine . Codeine . Methadone . ... 1999 and 2014. The risk of overdose increases when medication is mixed with alcohol, ... continue reading
  • Morphine Overdose

    Morphine is a powerful opioid pain medication that can have life-threatening effects in those who abuse it. It is an opiate analgesic, and one of many commonly used narcotic painkillers 1 . Morphine works to reduce severe pain by changing the way ...

    ... the rate of overdose deaths caused by natural and semi-synthetic opioids like morphine, oxycodone, and hydrocodone was 3.8 per 100,000 ... the simultaneous use of morphine with alcohol or another drug—a combination that can ... continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    ... treatment. Behavioral therapies with motivational incentives. Family therapy and education. 12-step support. How to Approach an Oxycodone-Addicted Loved One Oxycodone can have powerful effects on the user. A person ... 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: ...

    ... . In 2009, law enforcement documented more oxycodone-related infractions than any other prescription drug. To learn more, visit our page Oxycodone History and Statistics. Teen Oxycodone Abuse Adults are not the only ones ... 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 ...

    ... oxycodone pills become either too difficult to obtain or prohibitively expensive. Oxycodone's Addictive ... milligram. However, because of the potency of oxycodone and the intense dependence that abusers develop, the black ... 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 ...

    ... next 5K, she'd have to endure some fairly intense pain and a lot of physical therapy. While in the hospital, Shelly received regular doses of oxycodone - a powerful narcotic painkiller. She was still experiencing a lot ... 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 ...

    ... is fully activated. 3 When abused, oxycodone's effects are essentially indistinguishable from those of ... in outpatient treatment, but care is not around-the-clock and you will live at home as you go through the course ... 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 ...

    ... a key factor contributing to the prevalence of OxyContin abuse. Originally, the makers of OxyContin took oxycodone and formulated a time-released pill that the company claimed would minimize its abuse potential due to a ... 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 ...

    ... was higher among both 10 th and 12 th graders than non-medical use of OxyContin (oxycodone). The NSDUH data also show about ... oxycodone-containing drugs. It is possible that prominent negative media coverage of oxycodone ... 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 ...

    ... 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 formulations, opioids ... 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 ...

    ... by many individuals attempting to quit Roxicodone. Detoxification permits the body to remove the oxycodone while symptoms are managed and progress is tracked by trained professionals to help ensure safety 9 . Medication ... 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 ...

    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 ... 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 ...

    ... Way In May of this year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Probuphine, the first buprenorphine implant ... response when two widely used painkillers - hydrocodone and oxycodone - are detected. As a result, ... 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), ...

    ... 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), with little ... 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 ...

    ... to your loved one's drug use, be specific and avoid blaming or criticizing. An effective way to communicate ... can produce effects similar to the stronger opioid drug oxycodone , a widely abused medication. What Are the ... 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 ...

    ... opioid supply. 1 In 2014, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that 1.9 million people aged 12 or older had ... from heroin or a pain reliever like oxycodone they will experience comparable symptoms. Opioid ... 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 ...

    ... those feelings. OxyContin is a form of oxycodone, but it was originally prescribed because it was ... drug. OxyContin addiction doesn't have to be a life sentence , and you can take the first step to stop it today . It won ... 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) ...

    ... drugs, including 3 : Hydrocodone (Vicodin, Lortab) . Oxycodone (OxyContin, Percocet) . It's never too late to ... 4 : Pain relievers are the most abused drugs after marijuana and hashish. In 2014, 4.3 million people in the U. ... 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 ...

    ... like oxycodone (OxyContin) and codeine are only intended to be used on a short-term basis and as ... . Define the triggers of your drug abuse. Learn skills and practices to reduce the likelihood of future drug abuse. The ... 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 ...

    ... oxycodone. It is prescribed to manage cases of moderate to severe pain. When taken as directed, it is a safe and effective medication, and ... injected) elicits more intense effects and increases the risk of complications. ... 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 ...

    ... 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 ... 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, ...

    ... to treat 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 ... 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 ...

    ... . Like other pain medications including codeine, oxycodone, and hydrocodone, tramadol is an opioid painkiller and, like those other drugs, it carries the risk of abuse and dependence , alongside other unwanted effects of ... 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 ...

    ... of opiates , representing almost 100% of the Vicodin (a medication containing hydrocodone) market and 81% of the Percocet (an oxycodone painkiller) market. In 2013, 207 million opiate prescriptions were written in the U ... continue reading
  • Are Prescription Painkillers as Addictive as Heroin?

    The Link Between Painkillers and Heroin According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), in 2011, 4.2 million Americans aged 12 or over had used heroin at least once in their lives. Of these users, an estimated 23% will go on to become ...

    ... In 2010 alone, Florida saw more than 1500 oxycodone-related overdoses, equating to more than four deaths each ... is suffering under the weight of prescription pill abuse and/or heroin addiction, you are not alone. There are ... 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 ...

    ... misused, a euphoric high. Like other opioids including heroin, oxycodone, hydrocodone, the fentanyl in ACTIQ binds to and activates opioid receptors in the brain—a biochemical event that is associated with an increased ... 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 ...

    ... and include many substances that are synthesized from a handful of opiate precursors found in the opium poppy, such as 1,2 : Heroin. Codeine. Morphine. Hydrocodone (Vicodin). Oxycodone ... treatment compliance and to prevent ... 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 ...

    ... of the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research in Chandigarh. One-hundred-fifty men in ... were addicted to opioids for at least a year and 50 healthy participants with no addiction history. After surveying ... 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 the last 20 years, surpassing deaths caused by either heroin or cocaine (NIDA, 2014). The Department of Health and Human Services found that in 2014 alone, 28,000 people died of an opioid overdose, half of which were ... 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
  • 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, ...

    ... prescription opioids nearly doubled, going from 4.5 to 7.8 per 100,000 people, according to national statistics. And the proportion of opioid users with a use disorder also increased from 12.7 to 16.9 percent during the ... 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 ...

    ... chances of relapse. What is relapse? Relapse is when you successfully stop using a drug for a period of time and then, for whatever reason, go back to using the drug again. It is quite common for people to experience one ... 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
  • 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
  • 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 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
  • 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
  • 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
  • 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 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 ...

    ... stopping use of the drug. You'll also likely notice that you feel anxious at the thought of stopping the drug, and you may find yourself hoarding the drug to use in high doses in an attempt to get high. Am I Addicted to ... 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
  • 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
  • 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 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
  • 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 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
  • 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 ...

    ... of choice. They may take more of their drug, take it more often, or find some other way to misuse and tamper with the drug to change the effects. In the case of methadone, some users will choose to snort the medication ... 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 ...

    ... longer be as effective at the same dose. When this occurs, people usually have to increase the frequency and/or amount of the drug taken to achieve the desired effect. The repeated increase in doses of Tussionex used can ... 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
  • 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 ...

    ... process that doesn't end after initial treatment. Understanding that relapse is not only possible, but likely, and that aftercare is crucial to long-term sobriety. Approaching your loved one alone first before staging a ... 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 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 ... 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 ...

    ... . In the U.S., a whopping 44 people die each and every day as a result of respiratory arrest brought on by ... combining painkillers with other sedating chemicals like alcohol or sleeping pills, suffering from undiagnosed ... 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
  • 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 ...

    ... Talk you through a crisis. Provide you with people and places to contact for further help. Give you information ... more likely to encounter issues with drugs and alcohol because of fleeing an abusive home environment or ... 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 . ...

    ... use 2,4,5 . With continued use over time, the brain additionally becomes dependent on the drug to simply feel good and perform as expected 4 . This state is a delicate balance that is easily upset when the user misses or ... 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 ...

    ... posture, so that you can make adjustments to relieve pain. An added benefit is that you can take the exercises and stretches home with you so that you can reduce it on your own. Massage therapy can be beneficial for your ... 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 ...

    ... the same effects. Like other Schedule II drugs, Opana carries a severe risk of psychological and/or physiological dependence and is considered dangerous when misused. If you or someone you love is abusing Opana, learn ... 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 ...

    ... Norco side effects can be accentuated when the drug is combined with alcohol , sedatives, sleep aids, muscle relaxants, antihistamines and other narcotic pain relievers . Many prescription drug abusers actively combine ... 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 ...

    ... Me? Methadone is a good treatment option for many people. It has a long record of success in opioid treatment and is one of the medications most frequently used in MAT for opioid addiction. 1,13 Methadone makes the brain ... continue reading
  • Fentanyl Overdose

    What is Fentanyl? Fentanyl (brand names include Actiq, Duragesic, and Sublimaze) is a very powerful synthetic opioid painkiller medication that is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine 1 . Individuals who abuse or struggle with addiction to ...

    ... Combining fentanyl with other drugs, such as alcohol , stimulants , or benzodiazepines, which can ... but if this is not an option, lay down on your side and wait for emergency crew to escort you to the hospital for more ... 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 ...

    ... depression of the central nervous system (CNS) may be heightened in individuals combining Actiq and other substances, such as alcohol, other opioids, sedatives, or other substances that depress the CNS. 1 Opioid overdose ... 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: ...

    ... DXM use tend to come when users intentionally combine DXM with other drug s such as stimulants, opiates and/or alcohol . For example, mixing DXM with amphetamines or cocaine can cause a dangerous rise in blood pressure ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Morphine Use

    Morphine, an opiate narcotic painkiller , is a Schedule II controlled substance, which means it has a high potential for abuse. It can be a great option for patients in pain; however, when used recreationally or in inappropriately high doses, ...

    ... risk of life-threatening respiratory problems increases when the drug is mixed with alcohol or other substances. If you are caught in a cycle of abuse and addiction that you cannot get yourself out of, call to learn how ... continue reading
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