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  • 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 ...

    ... Agitation. Runny nose. Sweating. Dilated pupils. Dilated pupils. Gastrointestinal distress (nausea, vomiting ... Snorting or injecting the drug, using large amounts, and mixing it with other drugs and alcohol can increase the ... 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 ...

    ... system depressants such as alcohol, benzodiazepines, and other drugs in the opioid category. Overdose also is ... . Markedly constricted or pinpoint pupils. Dilated, non-reactive pupils indicating brain injury from lack ... continue reading
  • Why Are Prescription Opiates So Addictive?

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

    ... ). Nausea and vomiting. Abdominal pain. Diarrhea. Cold chills and goose bumps. Dilated pupils. Hypertension ... whereas others have a high rate of relapse and may remain on maintenance drugs for many years. It's important to ... continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    ... of the brain change in the face of persistent drug use, otherwise normal and healthy sources of rewards (e.g., eating, drinking ... the physical signs of use, including dilated pupils, sweating, or dizziness. Getting Help ... 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, ...

    ... took the medication. Tolerance and the escalating patterns of drug use that result can also ... and hot flashes. Depressed mood. Diarrhea. Dilated pupils. Increased blood pressure. Insomnia. Muscle and bone pain. Nausea and ... 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 ...

    ... abusing it) may become dependent and experience withdrawal upon ending use of the drug 4,5 . The time needed ... : Cramping in the abdomen. Dilated pupils. Diarrhea. Goose bumps. Nausea and vomiting. Muscle spasms. Even when ... 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 ...

    ... , people usually have to increase the frequency and/or amount of the drug taken to achieve the desired effect. The ... “Goose bumps.” Excessive sweating. Fever. Dilated pupils. Increased sensitivity to pain. Muscle aches. ... 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 ...

    ... Dilated pupils. Dizziness. General nervousness. Gastrointestinal distress. Hallucinations. Headaches. Nausea and ... 2003 to 11% in 2011. According to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), methylphenidate is among the ... continue reading
  • Norco Abuse

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

    ... continued use of this drug. Withdrawal Symptoms Some of the most overt symptoms of Norco abuse are those that happen during withdrawal , including: Goose bumps and chills Dilated pupils. Yawning. Rebound pain (the ... 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? Street Names Street names for ...

    ... drugs like PCP and Ketamine , a “date-rape” drug . Signs and Symptoms Physical Signs and Symptoms Euphoria. Feelings of detachment from the body. Blotchy skin. Depression. Difficulty speaking. Dilated pupils. Dizziness ... 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 ...

    ... and overdose. 1 Oxycodone Overdose Signs and symptoms of an oxycodone overdose include: 1,2,4 Abnormally constricted or dilated pupils ... by some that MAT is simply replacing one drug with another, MAT is intended to help ... 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 ...

    ... a number of factors, such as 1 : The specific drug(s) used. The dose. The frequency of use. The total ... heart rate and blood pressure. Restlessness. Shakiness. Chills. Sweating. Gooseflesh skin. Dilated pupils. On average ... 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 ...

    ... . Diarrhea. Dilated pupils. Nausea. Vomiting. Detox The Substance Abuse and Mental Health ... Are you taking any other drugs? Do you drink alcohol? What are your drug-taking and drinking habits and patterns? Have you been in ... continue reading
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  • I’m Having Opiate Withdrawals – Am I Addicted?

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

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

    ... means, such as “doctor shopping,” to procure more and more of the drug. Because of their intense focus on the Vicodin, ... symptoms as: Nausea/vomiting. Constricted/pinpoint pupils. Hypotension (low blood pressure). Fatigue ... 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 ...

    ... difference is that it has a more gradual onset and causes more stable drug levels in the brain. 11 At the same ... pupils (aka pinpoint, or pinprick pupils). Sedation/intermittent loss of consciousness. Cold, damp, and/or ... 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, ...

    ... noted abuse potential . The drug is typically prescribed for cough and pain relief. The drug itself is addictive - that ... Slowed breathing. Constipation. Constricted or “pinpoint” pupils - a telltale sign of opiate use. ... 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 ...

    ... ? Fentanyl acts similarly to more commonly well-known drugs like heroin and morphine, both of which can rapidly lead to addiction ... . Constricted pupils (pinpoint pupils). Itchy skin. Constipation. Drowsiness and sedation. ... 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 . ...

    ... addiction is a complex and progressive condition characterized by compulsive drug-seeking behaviors. An individual ... slow breathing. Labored or shallow breathing. Pinpoint pupils. Seizures. Coma. Delirium. Psychosis. Since ... continue reading
  • How to Help an Oxycodone Addict

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

    ... with them from a place of improved understanding about the drug and its effects. When you finally decide to bring up the ... and lacking energy or motivation. Pinpoint pupils. Alternating between being alert and asleep ... continue reading
  • Does Opioid Addiction Cause Sexual Dysfunction in Men?

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

    ... were addicted to opioids for at least a year and 50 healthy participants with no addiction history. After surveying ... States. A 2009 analysis of data from male drug abusers currently enrolled at a treatment center, also ... 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 ...

    ... skin. Bluish hue in the fingertips and lips. Constricted (small) pupils. Blurry vision. Nausea. Vomiting. ... take a smaller dose, your body may absorb too much of the drug at once, which may lead to an overdose 1 . What to ... 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, ...

    ... with 2 or more other drugs. Signs of tramadol overdose include 1 : Pinpoint pupils. Profound, global muscle weakness. ... to develop skills to understand addiction and engage in a drug-free lifestyle 13 . Learn more about ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Lortab Use

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

    ... acetaminophen portion of the drug formulation. When taken in excess (and it takes surprisingly little ... Drop in blood pressure. Uncontrollable vomiting. Markedly constricted pupils that don't react to bright light stimuli. ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Opana Use

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

    ... . Cold and clammy skin. Blue tint to lips and fingernails. Constricted pupils. Muscle ... gets used to the presence of oxymorphone and you may develop a physical dependence on the drug . This does not necessarily mean you ... 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 ...

    ... with the following overdose signs and symptoms 3, 4 : Pinpoint pupils. Weak muscles. Dizziness. Confusion ... the user to build up a high tolerance for the drug, meaning they will need increasing amounts in order to get ... continue reading
  • Snorting Morphine

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

    ... a tolerance to the drug, where they will require more and more of the drug to experience the effects ... . Abdominal cramps. Dry mouth. Headache. Constricted pupils. Urinary retention. Severe itching. Anxiety. Mood ... continue reading
  • Effects of Hydromorphone Abuse

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

    ... include 1,2,5 : Headaches. Pinpoint pupils. Dizziness/ lightheadedness. Fainting. Feeling weak. ... Tolerance occurs when the body begins to require more and more of a drug to produce the same effects 3 . Tolerance compels ... 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 ...

    ... . Low blood pressure. Low body temperature. Pinpoint pupils. Slurred speech. Slowed movement. Slowed pulse rate. Slowed breathing. Using Demerol with other drugs and alcohol may increase the likelihood of experiencing ... 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 ...

    ... the influence of the medication. Pinpoint (constricted) pupils. Constipation (a telltale sign of opiate abuse). ... which means that you feel the drug is required to function in your daily life, and you use at the expense of ... 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 ...

    ... . According to the 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, approximately 6.5 million Americans reported ... mouth. Tiny pupils. Other Signs of Percocet Abuse It is important to recognize the signs and symptoms of ... 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 ...

    ... in the US, with the National Institute on Drug Abuse estimating that more than 2 million people in ... . Inability to concentrate. Changing moods. Constricted pupils. Vomiting and nausea. Poor motivation. As addiction grows, ... 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 ...

    ... due to overdose on any of these other drugs. The most common hydrocodone combination is hydrocodone with ... overdose is a very serious risk that comes with abuse, and there's no better time to seek help than right now ... continue reading
  • Opioid Overdose

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

    ... substances that includes many synthetic and semi-synthetic drugs manufactured from opiate alkaloid precursors ... the “opioid overdose triad” 2 : Pinpoint pupils. Slowed or stopped breathing. Unconsciousness/non- ... 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 ...

    ... . A prescription drug addiction can be just as dangerous as an addiction to street drugs and can control the ... Sweating. Increased anxiety. Insomnia. Stomach cramps. Pupil dilation. Restless legs / muscle twitches. If ... continue reading
  • Codeine Abuse

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

    ... and the user may become addicted to these effects and, in turn, the drug. The addictive nature of codeine, and ... Dizziness and staggering. Itchiness and scratching (often of the nose). Constricted or pinpoint pupils. Slow ... 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 ...

    ... your health and personal relationships. Other side effects include: Pinpoint pupils. Respiratory ... are almost as bad as those of heroin. The drug causes impaired judgment, and it can also lead to heart problems , just ... 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, ...

    ... under several brand names, including Ultram. Though tramadol is in the same family of drugs as medications like oxycodone and hydrocodone, it works in a somewhat unusual way compared to more standard opioid painkillers ... continue reading
  • Oxycodone Overdose

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

    ... . Tiny, unreactive pupils. Low blood pressure. Pale skin. Blue-like color to lips and nails. Limp body ... and start working toward a healthier, drug-free life. Through therapy , counseling, education, and skill ... continue reading
  • Vicodin Overdose

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

    ... overdose include 6 : Uncontrollable vomiting. Pinpoint pupils. Weak heartbeat. Breathing issues (e.g ... , they may begin to notice that they need more and more of the drug in order to get the same effects. This is known ... 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 ...

    ... in just 30 minutes (based on a measure of the pupil diameter) 6 . Using the same scale, oral consumption took ... to the most intense effects. Since smoking and injecting a drug will lead to the quickest onset, effects ... 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 ...

    ... shallow and slow. Going to sleep. Becoming unconscious. Small pupils. Skin that is cold, pale, and/or blue. ... can prompt the person to desire taking the drug again. 11 Drug use may increase dopamine more than natural ... 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 ...

    ... . These are: Constricted (pinpoint) pupils. Loss of consciousness. Depressed respiration ... Administer naloxone. If you are equipped with and trained to administer the “antidote” drug naloxone, you should do so as soon ... 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 ...

    ... that of heroin and other opiates. Abuse of the drug can be dangerous and potentially fatal. Overdose and death can occur ... Headache. Pinpoint pupils. Stomach cramps. Constipation. Nausea. Vomiting. Muscle aches and pains. ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Tramadol Use

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

    ... Their bodies adapt to the presence of the drug, and soon require tramadol in order to function properly. ... and are at increased risk for overdose. Symptoms of tramadol overdose include: Decreased pupil size (pinpoint pupils ... continue reading
  • Methadone Abuse

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

    ... of other opiates and include: Nausea and vomiting. Sweating. Constricted pupils. Constipation. Increased ... s methadone use if they have been prescribed the drug and watch for inappropriate increases in dose or regularity of ... 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, ...

    ... , or mixing it with other drugs - all of these situations can turn fatal. If fentanyl abuse and addiction has a hold on you ... . Weakness. Sweating. Itchy skin. Constricted pupils. Seizures. NOTE: Some abusers of fentanyl ... 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 ...

    ... any substance, first educate yourself about drug abuse and addiction, as well as their particular substance ... breathing. Pinpoint pupils. Someone abusing Roxicodone may also frequently complain of nausea and constipation. ... continue reading
  • Recognizing a Codeine Overdose

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

    ... and clammy skin. Fingernails and lips with a bluish tint. Stomach and intestinal spasms. Constipation. Constricted pupils. Low blood pressure and weak pulse. Unresponsiveness and ... of other drugs and conduct a medical ... 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 ...

    ... of increasing the risk of adverse drug effects, drug toxicity and/or overdose, as well as the potential ... and experience an overdose 4 . Signs of hydrocodone overdose include 1,3,11 : Marked changes in pupil size; pupils ... 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 ...

    ... most of the day and their pupils may appear very small. They might complain of low energy and could even appear to ... . Coma. Using Roxicodone with other drugs, especially other drugs that depress the central nervous system ... 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 ...

    ... and Symptoms of OxyContin Abuse Other signs of OxyContin abuse include the usual signs of any form of opioid abuse: Lethargy. Extreme drowsiness. Pinpoint pupils ... use: While the drug tends to be crushed and snorted, it can ... 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, ...

    ... . Hallucinations. Hearing loss. Small, constricted pupils. Hyperventilation. Jaundice. Paranoia. Slowed heart ... has reached alarming rates. The National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that more than 23 million people ... 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 ...

    ... and symptoms of overdose include 4 : Marked disorientation. Copious, uncontrollable vomiting. Non-reactive, pinpoint pupils ... require much higher levels of this drug (and/or repeated administration) before the antidote ... 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, ...

    ... pupils. Urinary retention. Constipation. Shallow or slowed breathing. Altered or irregular heart rate and ... physical dependency to a drug like morphine; continued access to the drug consumes your thoughts and acts as a ... 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 ...

    ... sleepiness, confusion, dizziness, small pupils, slow and shallow breathing, and stopped breathing. 16 If you think ... the substance alone or in combination with other drugs, and/or if their changes are due in part to ... continue reading
  • Morphine Abuse

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

    ... may develop as a person obsesses over the drug and its effects and, in turn, compel the user to compulsively ... Dizziness. Itchy skin. Extreme drowsiness. Pinpoint pupils. Difficulty breathing (or inability to breathe). ... 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 ...

    ... on the horizon. Help is on the Way In May of this year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Probuphine, the first buprenorphine implant for the maintenance treatment of opioid dependence - a 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 be ...

    ... Visual hallucinations. Nausea and vomiting. Itching & scratching. Pinpoint pupils. In some situations, ... statistics: According to the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA), between 2005 and 2007, fentanyl abuse killed ... continue reading
  • Snorting Fentanyl

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

    ... no matter the route of administration. Sniffing and snorting drugs , however, leads to a unique set ... tint to lips and nails). Extreme drowsiness. Profound disorientation and confusion. Small pupils. Cold, clammy ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Tussionex Addict

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

    ... . Constricted pupils. Dysphoria, or a state of dissatisfaction. Slowed movement and thought. ... professional can assist in this process, aid in drug education, and help the family feel more comfortable about approaching ... continue reading
  • Oxycodone Abuse

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

    ... and vomiting. Confusion. Alternating periods of sleep and consciousness. Potential Signs of Overdose Constricted pupils ... of - as well as physical and mental effects of a drug - that it cannot function normally without ... 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 ...

    ... around getting high. In the past, she had tried 12-step programs, counseling, in-patient rehab, and even drug-assisted therapy…it seemed nothing could help. Would she always be addicted to heroin? Was there anything she ... 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 ...

    ... two categories of participants - the general public and professionals. A panel of subject matter experts will ... They must then propose a solution, involving technology, and describe how it solves the issue. Finally, the ... 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 ...

    ... the following statistics: The 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health showed that people aged 18-25 were the ... : Extreme sleepiness. Unconsciousness. Constricted pupils. Uncontrolled vomiting. Slowed or shallow ... 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 ...

    ... which is prescribed. Mix the drug with alcohol or other sedatives . Symptoms of an oxy overdose include 9 : Markedly constricted pupils. Bluish tint to the fingernails and lips. Stomach spasms. Uncontrollable vomiting ... 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 ...

    ... as opioids, which act upon particular receptors in the brain and body to produce their effects. Heroin and prescription opioids may seem like very different drugs, but they are actually remarkably similar in both effects ... 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 ...

    ... in the treatment of chronic pain, and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced new warning labels ... pain. An added benefit is that you can take the exercises and stretches home with you so that you can reduce it on ... 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 ...

    ... an overdose. How An Overdose Causes Brain Damage Opiates and opioids (heroin, morphine, OxyContin, Fentanyl) are depressants, meaning the drugs slow down your breathing and heart rate. As such, the most significant risk ... 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 ...

    ... resources add to the challenge of fighting the opioid epidemic. All of this adds up to increased drug use and staggering rates of overdose. In addition to the main initiative, four other awards were issued this year ... 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, ...

    ... 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 also ... 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), ...

    ... tramadol is slowly sinking in, but many are still unaware of the dangers involved with the use and abuse of this drug. Public awareness of this opiate must increase if we are to decrease the numbers at risk. Additional ... 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 ...

    ... Southwest border. It flows into Arizona, New Mexico, and Oklahoma, up to Montana, Wisconsin, Minnesota and all across the south. The drug's street price is fairly low and its purity is high, making it much more appealing ... continue reading
  • Tramadol Overdose

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

    ... heart rate Irregular heart rhythm Changes in pupil size Unconsciousness Vomiting Pale or clammy skin ... a tolerance , meaning the user will need more and more of the drug to get the desired effects. Tolerance can cause the ... continue reading
  • Opana Abuse

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

    ... Cold and clammy skin. Pupil constriction or dilation. Cyanosis (bluish tint to fingernails, skin, and ... to six (Conrad, 2015). Injection-drug use is risky, no matter the drug of choice and in January 2015, over 150 cases ... 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 risk of death by identifying the signs of an overdose and reversing it with lifesaving opioid overdose drug, Naloxone. Many medical professionals and institutions are still unequipped to treat opioid use disorders ... 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 ...

    ... to naloxone rescue kits without a prescription. Patients determined to be “at-risk” are those who use illicit drugs and those who may be at risk of overdosing on a prescribed medication. This model of pharmacy-based ... 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 ...

    ... for Big Pharma stress that we must balance the opioid crisis with the needs of chronic pain patients. And drug manufacturers stress that they are doing what they can to make their pills safe. Meanwhile, millions of ... 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 ...

    ... for those with a history of addiction. Those addicted to Norco have often built up a tolerance for the drug and need to take more of it to experience the same sensations that they felt previously. As tolerance develops ... continue reading
  • How to Help an Ultram Addict

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

    ... . In 2014, due to the increasing number of opioid related emergency room incidents and reports of abuse, the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) changed Ultram's classification to a controlled substance. Therefore, it ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Dextromethorphan Addict

    DXM abuse is becoming especially prevalent among teens seeking a cheap high from a substance that is easy to access. DXM is often abused for the euphoric effects that it can elicit when taken in larger-than-recommended doses. Because ...

    ... basis in order to achieve a high. When someone develops an addiction, relationships and lifestyle seem to go downhill. This can encourage more use of the drug as a way to deal with emotional problems, also known as self ... 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 . ...

    ... methadone 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 ... 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 get high. Business owners are taking note after seeing their restrooms littered with used syringes, drugs, and even dead bodies of the people who overdosed. How Do Business Owners Take Back Public Restrooms Using ... 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 ...

    ... 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 findings make ... 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 ...

    ... opioid addiction's devastating consequences. Although Opana may not be a household name yet, the drug's popularity is steadily climbing and has already reached epidemic proportions in many parts of the country. If you or ... continue reading
  • Opioid Hotlines

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

    ... the needs of runaways in crisis for many years since they may be more likely to encounter issues with drugs and alcohol because of fleeing an abusive home environment or even human trafficking: 1-800-RUNAWAY (786-2929 ... 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 ...

    ... abstinence, they may attempt to take their pre-abstinence dose and unintentionally overdose because their body no longer has the same tolerance for the drug. Other factors that may increase the risk of Percocet overdose ... 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 ...

    ... make excuses for their loved ones, because after all, it is not an illicit street drug and they are taking it for pain. This misconception and sense of denial will inevitably hurt the victim rather than help. Often it is ... 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 ...

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

    ... with the healthcare providers who prescribe opioids. While these drugs are effective at relieving pain, opiates can have such severe consequences that alternatives can - and should - be offered to patients seeking relief ... 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 ...

    ... will think of them when they enter treatment. What happens when they're forced to stop using drugs (e.g. physical and psychological effects). The cost of treatment. That treatment hasn't worked in the past. These kinds ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Ultram Use

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

    ... , meaning it does have abuse potential. This was done in an attempt to curb illicit use of the drug, and to make it unlawful if found in possession of it without a prescription. In essence, Ultram has been found ... 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, ...

    ... States, where according to the United Nations, 85% of the world's methylphenidate is produced and consumed. Drugs like Ritalin and Concerta are often produced for the cocaine-like effects they can produce, which include ... 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 ...

    ... number of deaths resulting from opioid overdose has spurred researchers to find ways to make these drugs safer. And a recent study conducted by the University of Toronto has provided an encouraging breakthrough, allowing ... 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 ...

    ... ,000 of them being attributed to opioids. The remainder of the prescription drug-related ER visits were from anti-anxiety and anti-insomnia medications. Before it's too Late… If someone you know is abusing prescription ... 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 ...

    ... to achieve the initial effect. Over time, the user may develop a physical dependence to the drug and experience wide-ranging withdrawal symptoms when suddenly lowering or stopping use. What Are the Signs of Addiction ... 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 ...

    ... life. In fact, worldwide, opioids are at the top of the list when it comes to drugs that cause the most harm and drug-related deaths. Worldwide, roughly 69,000 people die each year from an opioid overdose. Taking the ... 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 ...

    ... ) from OxyContin. Detoxification is the process in which your body is cleared of all drugs. This process can be uncomfortable and cause flu-like symptoms. Even though the symptoms of withdrawal are not usually dangerous ... 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. ...

    ... done alone. There are a number of treatment options available to assist you with recovering from addiction to this drug and reclaiming your life. Don't continue suffering alone. Call 1-888-744-0069 Who Answers? to find ... 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 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 the last two decades. The ... continue reading
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