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  • Prescription Painkiller FAQ

    Prescription painkillers are opioid medications used to manage pain of moderately high to very high severity (such as pain associated with surgical procedures or more chronic conditions like cancer). They can be safe and extremely beneficial ...

    ... an overdose of opioid painkillers , according to the American Society of Addiction Medicine's Opioid Addiction Disease ... and group therapy, and aftercare planning. Outpatient treatment : You are able to live at home ... 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 ...

    ... and region. Teen Dilaudid Abuse A 2011 survey conducted by Partnership for a Drug Free America revealed that 1 in 10 American teenagers abused prescription pain medications to get high in the last year, and that ... 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 ...

    ... , Opana has since become a street-favorite in the nation's opioid epidemic, especially in rural parts of America. Though Opana was also reformulated in 2013, users are still able to buy “old versions” from pill mills ... continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    ... drug manufacturers stress that they are doing what they can to make their pills safe. Meanwhile, millions of Americans live out every day in stress - thanks to opioid addiction . You decide: Company business…or big ... 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 ...

    ... . Now, the medication is quite popular in America. As the above graph shows, prescriptions have ... The above line graphs show the trends of treatment facility admissions for tramadol have increased steadily since ... continue reading
  • Demerol Abuse

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

    ... an overdose . Demerol Statistics According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA): Approximately 20% of Americans over age 12 have used prescription drugs for non-medical purposes at some point in their ... 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, ...

    ... . But what if those euphoric effects were taken away from the whole painkiller experience - would Americans stop abusing them or becoming addicted to opiates altogether? Nektar Therapeutics is delving into this ... 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. ...

    ... Roxicodone Statistics The pervasive damage caused by drugs like Roxicodone is shocking. Consider these statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 8 : In 2014, more than 14,000 people in the ... 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 ...

    ... -related deaths in the United States because users are unaware of their drug's potency 5 . According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), in 2015, 55% of people who died from an overdose of fentanyl ... 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 , ...

    ... are some of the most abused drugs in America, with prescription opiates accounting for up to 5 ... opiate addiction recovery: a hospital or an addiction treatment center? Despite the incredible medical care that a hospital ... 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 ...

    ... from an opioid overdose. Over 2 million Americans are currently struggling with an opioid use disorder . More than half of those struggling aren't receiving treatment. Clearly, whatever we're currently doing (or ... 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 ...

    ... Pain Management or Drug Abuse? So, we know older Americans are using opioids at higher rates, but why? First ... may take place in an inpatient or outpatient treatment program and will address the impact of addiction ... 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 ...

    ... to talk about, said Dr. Alex Walley, director of the Addiction Medicine Fellowship Program at Boston Medical Center. Should We Make Restrooms Safer for Everyone? Yet, in the meantime, Walley says there are ways to ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

    ... our free and confidential insurance checker to see if your provider covers detox and treatment. American Addiction Centers accepts many insurance plans and can work with you on a manageable payment plan. Signs ... 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 ...

    ... Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, as many as 1 in 4 patients receiving long-term opioid treatment ... 2017). Genetics Home Reference: Opioid Addiction . American College of Cardiology. (2019). Opioid Use ... 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 ...

    ... For those who need more help, there are inpatient treatment centers. With this type of program, you live at ... . in 2012, according to the American Association of Poison Control Centers. The Drug Abuse Warning Network ( ... 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 ...

    ... , is another common and effective pain reliever. It is recommended as a first-line of treatment by the American College of Rheumatology. Nonsteroidal Anti-Inflammatory Drugs (NSAIDs) These are more potent than ... 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 ...

    ... aged 12 or older. 6 According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine's 2016 Facts & Figures ... [quizBuddy quiz=”Painkiller Abuse” question=”6″] Treatment While opioid painkiller abuse can wreak havoc on ... 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, ...

    ... growing opiate epidemic. For example, in 2008, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that ... Americans—about 1 in 6—have admitted to abusing prescription drugs. 17 The Need for Treatment ... 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 ...

    ... and not all treatment centers are equipped to handle fentanyl addiction. Before choosing a rehab center, find out ... people in the U.S. According to the American Association of Nurse Anesthetists (AANA) Journal , nurses ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Tussionex Addict

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

    ... addiction treatment : Inpatient programs require that the patient lives at the treatment center for the ... manual of mental disorders (5th ed.). Arlington, VA: American Psychiatric Publishing. Miller, W. R., Meyers, R. ... 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 ...

    ... 2016, the Centers for Disease Control (CDC) released new guidelines for the prescription of opioids in the treatment of chronic ... other techniques to address it. The American Chronic Pain Association (ACPA) advocates a ... 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 ...

    ... Medical detox at the start of treatment can be helpful because suddenly quitting ... struggling with tramadol addiction, know that help is available. American Addiction Centers (AAC) offers a free, 24/7 helpline at 1 ... continue reading
  • How to Help an Opana Addict

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

    ... or CRAFT for short . According to the American Psychological Association, the purpose of CRAFT is to ... step is entering a treatment program, of which there are many available. Some treatment centers provide their own ... 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, ...

    ... . If you or someone you care about is struggling with prescription opioid use, seeking treatment is a courageous first step in the recovery process. American Addiction Centers (AAC) is here to help you find the right ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Opiates on the Body

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

    ... tailored to your needs. With the proper opiate help and treatment , you can escape the trap of addiction and get your ... -to-congress/2014/americas-addiction-to-opioids-heroin-prescription-drug-abuse http://www.ncbi.nlm ... 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 ...

    ... pregnant women are no exception. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), 28% ... prescription painkillers when pregnant and are looking for treatment, give the caring admissions navigators at AAC a ... 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 ...

    ... day in the US , according to the American Society of Addiction Medicine (ASAM). Furthermore, people ... -occurring mental health disorder. Some treatment centers specialize in the treatment of both disorders, which will help ... 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, ...

    ... the October 13 issue of the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA). “The results underscore the ... , jail or self-help center treatment options. Treatment of opioid addiction frequently requires ... continue reading
  • Is Tramadol the New OxyContin?

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

    ... Drug Use and Health (NSDUH) reported that 2 million Americans aged 12 or older used tramadol for non-medical purposes ... 15 . Get Help for Tramadol Addiction Treatment for addiction to tramadol , like other opioids ... 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 ...

    ... more about the benefits of treatment and where to find a rehabilitation center, call 1-888-744- ... U.S. According to a study by the American College of Neuropsychopharmacology, long-term methylphenidate use can cause ... continue reading
  • Opioid Addiction: Signs and Addiction Treatment

    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 ...

    ... people resolve any lingering ambivalence about treatment and recovery. If you or someone you care about is struggling with addiction, know that help is available. American Addiction Centers (AAC) offers a free, 24/7 ... 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 ...

    ... But if the problem has become too severe, or they're using heroin regularly in any moment, treatment at an inpatient rehab center with a detox unit is the only solution to help them kick their drug use. Talk to ... 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 ...

    ... . 13 NSAIDs include aspirin, naproxen, and ibuprofen. 11,12 They are commonly used for the treatment of chronic health problems—including arthritis and lupus—as they can decrease inflammation, as well as reduce ... 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 ...

    ... Drug Abuse, the Appalachian Regional Commission, the Centers for Disease Control and the Substance Abuse and ... health services, limited public transportation and fewer treatment options . Often, these areas have fewer ... 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 ...

    ... Based on numbers from the Centers for Disease Control, 3,700 Americans died from drug overdoses involving ... SAMHSA Director Johnson pointed out that “…the addiction treatment workforce has not grown in proportion to the ... 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 ...

    ... along with researchers at Penn State's College of Medicine, recruited 68 people from the Caron Treatment Center in Wernersville, Pennsylvania, to undergo assessments of relapse risk. Each of the 68 had recently completed ... 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 ...

    ... this reason, there are a multitude of detox centers and solutions for recovery that will help to ... recovering users safely into recovery. Finding Information and Treatment If myths are the problem, more accurate, ... continue reading
  • Tussionex Abuse

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

    ... may have, and can help you find appropriate treatment. Long-Term Effects of Abuse Over time, Tussionex ... statistics are alarming. In 2014, 21.5 million Americans aged 12 or older met the criteria for a ... 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 ...

    ... The trend is set to continue, with 2.4% of older Americans expected to abuse opioids by 2020, which is double the number ... opioids, you will need to work with your treatment team to find less risky options to alleviate ... 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 ...

    ... of Health (NIH) estimates that 20% of Americans have taken prescription drugs like Vicodin for non- ... the drug for relief, and that is why inpatient treatment centers are a safe, caring and effective place to deal ... continue reading
  • Are Prescription Painkillers as Addictive as Heroin?

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

    ... on Drug Abuse (NIDA), in 2011, 4.2 million Americans aged 12 or over had used heroin at least once in ... medical care, but the patient leaves the clinic or treatment center at the conclusion of each day's session 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, ...

    ... to participate in NA. Inpatient (Residential) Treatment Centers - Inpatient treatment centers usually last 30, 60 or 90 days ... According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), 14,800 Americans died of opiate ... continue reading
  • Codeine Abuse

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

    ... an inpatient center will likely be best for you. However, every addiction is unique, and treatment must be tailored ... In 2013, SAMHSA estimated that 1.9 million Americans had an opiate use disorder in the previous year ... 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 ...

    ... to pleasure and euphoria because they act on the reward centers of the brain . Demerol users may take high doses ... the stability many need to commence with addiction treatment. It may only be administered at specialized ... 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 ...

    With 78 Americans dying every day from opioid overdose, there's no question that our country is in the midst of an ... an implant, however, Probuphine provides a new treatment option for people who may value the convenience ... 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 ...

    ... year from research and public health bodies like the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), you ... odds are, you have your own reasons and beliefs about treatment too. 2. You Are Not Alone You may feel ... continue reading
  • Dextromethorphan Abuse

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

    ... of DXM addiction. Learn about treatment programs today. Liver failure. Tachycardia ... and Health (NSDUH) states that in 2006, 3.1 million Americans between 12 and 25 years old had ingested cough and cold ... 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 ...

    ... is struggling with Tussionex abuse or addiction, help is available. For information on detox programs and treatment centers, contact one of our support representatives by phone for assistance at 1-888-744-0069 Who ... 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 ...

    ... Health (NSDUH), more than 4 million Americans used painkillers like Dilaudid nonmedically in the ... , call us at 1-888-744-0069 Who Answers? . Our treatment support advisors are on hand 24 hours a day to get you started ... 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 ...

    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 ... 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, ...

    ... be a great option to safely manage the acute symptoms of withdrawal. After detox, tramadol addiction treatment may begin and will include behavioral therapy that will help recovering users to develop skills to understand ... 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 ...

    ... is struggling with addiction, take action today. Our toll-free helpline can connect you to the best addiction treatment centers to fit your needs. We're available around the clock at 1-888-744-0069 Who Answers? . ... 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 ...

    ... and endorsed by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) for the treatment of opioid addiction. Supervised detox centers exist in isolation or they may be one component of care in a longer ... 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 ...

    ... There were over 47,000 opioid overdose deaths among Americans in 2017, and about 59% of them involved ... consequences that will happen if they do not seek treatment. CRAFT Some people struggle with what to do ... continue reading
  • Recognizing a Codeine Overdose

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

    ... any number of prescription medications . Nearly 4 million Americans older than 12—1.4% of the population—abuse ... family member may be transferred to a detox or treatment center. Some people discharge with a referral to or ... 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 ...

    ... and relatives with prescriptions. If your teen is abusing hydromorphone, you may wish to encourage professional treatment or services . To prevent your teen from abusing painkillers: Educate your child about the ... 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 ...

    ... the gastrointestinal tract as well as certain brain centers. It can also cause muscle spasms , reduced ... in either a residential rehab program or an outpatient treatment program . These programs offer the chance to ... 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 ...

    ... facilities, outpatient facilities or residential settings. Detox centers and rehab centers focus on recovery and learning new patterns of behavior. Treatment modalities usually include individualized therapy, both in ... 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 ...

    ... of treatment. We can help you assess your options and choose a treatment center in your area. Treatment support ... and Health (NSDUH), almost 12.5 million Americans age 12 or older reported taking prescription painkiller ... 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. ...

    ... on the pilot program with researchers at Boston Medical Center (BMC), Rhode Island Hospital, and the University ... naloxone from syringe exchange programs or drug treatment programs, and especially to communities outside of ... 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 ...

    ... prescribed, you can get help. Call 1-888-744-0069 Who Answers? to speak to someone about finding treatment for opiate addiction. The Hydrocodone Market More than 99% of hydrocodone abused is abused in the US ... 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 ...

    ... there are ways to make it easier and to help prevent relapse. You can seek treatment from a substance detox/treatment center where you can receive the emotional and medical support to better endure your symptoms. You ... 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 ...

    ... all over the country ready to help you overcome morphine addiction. You can choose from a treatment center that is near your home so you can remain close to friends and family, or you may choose to travel to an addiction ... continue reading
  • Opioid Hotlines

    Call Now 1-888-744-0069 Who Answers? Heroin and prescription painkiller medications are addictive narcotic drugs that are classified as opioids because they either directly derive from or are synthesized to resemble opiate alkaloid ...

    ... thousands of lives every year —research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that opioids ... if I am addicted to opiates? What kinds of treatments are available for opioid use disorder? Will I have ... 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. There were 3,400 ...

    ... pain management. Research from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ( ... week. It is a good place to either begin treatment or continue treatment after completing a more intensive program. There are also 12 ... 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 . ...

    ... in the body, making it particularly suitable for the treatment of opioid dependence—when used as prescribed, it can ... lifetime. Nearly 4,700 calls to poison control centers involved methadone in 2012. Almost 67,000 ... continue reading
  • Vicodin Addiction

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  • How to Help a Percocet Addict

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  • How Does Ibogaine Treat Opiate Addiction?

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  • 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 ...

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  • The Effects of Fentanyl Use

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  • The Effects of Norco Use

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  • Methadone Abuse

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  • How to Help a Loved One with a Dilaudid Addiction

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  • Vicodin Overdose

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

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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 ...

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  • 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 ...

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  • 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 ...

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  • 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 ...

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  • 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 : ...

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  • How to Help a Methadone Addict

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  • Vicodin Abuse

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

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  • 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 ...

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  • 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 ...

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  • 6 Facts You Need to Know About Opiate Withdrawal

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  • Opana Abuse

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

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  • 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 ...

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  • How to Help a Codeine Addict

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  • 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 ...

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  • 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. ...

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  • 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 ...

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  • 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 ...

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  • 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 ...

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  • Morphine Abuse

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

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  • How to Help a Painkillers Addict

    Help for Painkiller Addicts Addiction is characterized by compulsive use despite the knowledge that it's affecting your life in a myriad of negative ways. Painkillers are routinely prescribed in the United States for ...

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  • The Effects of Methadone Use

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

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  • The Effects of Tramadol Use

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

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  • 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 ...

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  • The Effects of Dextromethorphan Use

    Abusers of DXM often underestimate the dangerous effects of DXM, as it is advertised as safe for use. However, its safety for use in therapeutic doses does not translate to safety for recreational use. Dextromethorphan (DXM or DM) ...

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