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  • Methadone Overdose

    Some see it as merely replacing one addiction with another, however others see it as the lesser of two evils since, unlike street drugs, methadone may be legally prescribed and requires ongoing medical supervision. In a perfect world, both addiction ...

    ... been methadone-free for some time. This is because those who have stopped using methadone for a few months or even a ... will be closely monitored, meet with a doctor, and participate in a wide variety of groups to help you ... 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 ...

    ... the many opioid analgesic formulations, opioids are also found in some prescription cough medicines and may be ... many doctors for opioid-dependent women who are pregnant. 10 Methadone maintenance therapy has a long history ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Methadone Addict

    Help for Methadone Addicts Methadone is an opioid drug; however, it is beneficial in the treatment of heroin dependence or other forms of opiate abuse . While it is regularly used in the management of opioid dependence, methadone is potentially ...

    ... finding they are unable to control their use of methadone. Don't wait another day to get help. Calling now could save your life or the life of someone you love. Approaching a Loved One Who Is Addicted to Methadone A ... continue reading
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  • Opiate Addiction Withdrawal

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

    ... determined by the attending doctor. Several medications have demonstrated effectiveness in their ability to reduce the unwanted effects of opiate withdrawal while increasing comfort 7,8 : Methadone. A long-acting opioid ... 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 ...

    ... a methadone clinic. A single dose of methadone lasts anywhere from 24-36 hours. Buprenorphine - A ... since the abused medication was prescribed to them by a doctor. You might be suffering from an addiction to painkillers ... continue reading
  • Opioids

    Opioids are substances that are known for their pain-relieving effects. They include both legal, and some illegal substances that may have the potential for misuse, which can potentially lead to dependence and/or addiction. 1 If you or someone you ...

    ... like heroin, even opioids that are prescribed by a doctor have the potential to be highly addictive. Though opioids ... effective when treating OUDs: 23 Buprenorphine Methadone Extended-release naltrexone MAT has been shown ... 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 ...

    ... wondering what medications your doctor will prescribe you. Both methadone and buprenorphine (Suboxone, ... before finding a program that works for them. You may have to try treatment a number of times to find a program ... continue reading
  • Opioid Epidemic Coming for the Elderly

    How Common is Opioid Abuse in the Elderly? Close your eyes and imagine an opioid addict. Who do you see? Would you think of a young, poor male injecting heroin and obsessing over how they will need to score their next hit to satisfy their compulsive ...

    ... own opioid use or that of someone you love, talk to a doctor or addiction professional without delay. It can only get worse the ... need to work with your treatment team to find less risky options to alleviate your pain. ... continue reading
  • Opioid Epidemic Coming for the Elderly

    How Common is Opioid Abuse in the Elderly? Close your eyes and imagine an opioid addict. Who do you see? Would you think of a young, poor male injecting heroin and obsessing over how they will need to score their next hit to satisfy their compulsive ...

    ... own opioid use or that of someone you love, talk to a doctor or addiction professional without delay. It can only get worse the ... need to work with your treatment team to find less risky options to alleviate your pain. ... 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 ...

    ... Is Tussionex Harmful? When used as prescribed by a doctor, Tussionex is a safe and effective cough medication. However, when ... to use, and shortens length of detox. Like methadone, it can also be used as long-term ... 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, ...

    ... Opiates Work? Special proteins known as opioid receptors are found in certain areas of the human body. Those ... psychological dependency can develop quickly. 1 Methadone: Due to a shortage of morphine during World War II ... continue reading
  • How to Help an Opiate Addict

    Help for Opiates Addicts Opiates are some of the most abused drugs in America, with prescription opiates accounting for up to 5.1 million cases of addiction. Around 210 million doses of opiates, including morphine , OxyContin and Vicodin , were ...

    ... don't find yourself getting into a heated argument ... doctors may prescribe you medications to help prevent relapse. The following medications can play an important role in treating opiate addictions: Methadone: Methadone ... 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, ...

    ... other medications, it's important to tell your doctor so you can avoid the potentially harmful effects. ... 15, 17 It is common to use either methadone or buprenorphine during medical detox to manage withdrawal symptoms ... continue reading
  • Opana Abuse

    Opana is the trade name for the prescription medication, oxymorphone, a semi-synthetic opioid painkiller. In various formulations, oxymorphone has been available on the US pharmaceutical market since 1959. In 2006, the FDA approved two new ...

    ... may be included in your treatment: Methadone - A long-acting synthetic opioid agonist that works ... overdose, and male teens may be especially at risk. Studies found that males aged 15-24 are almost 4 times more likely ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Painkillers Addict

    Help for Painkiller Addicts Painkillers are routinely prescribed in the United States for the management of pain , but not all of them are addictive. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are often prescribed for the treatment of mild to ...

    ... or family to seek help: Encourage them to see a doctor for an evaluation . Most people trust the advice of ... used to manage your withdrawal. For example, methadone and Suboxone are options for opiate withdrawal. Once ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Percocet Addict

    Help for Percocet Addicts If you're battling an addiction to Percocet (the combination of acetaminophen and oxycodone - an opiate-derived pain reliever ), you're not alone. According to the 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, approximately ...

    ... he uses the medication exactly as the doctor prescribes. Quote from a Percocet Addict Source What Are the ... desire to use the addictive substance . You might find yourself thinking about Percocet several times per day or ... 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 ...

    ... , Subutex) or methadone . These substances can be controlled in a way to help prevent ... find yourself using more than indicated by the prescribing doctor, trying to receive multiple prescriptions from various doctors, ... 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 ...

    ... , like heroin and cocaine. People may think that since a doctor is prescribing the medication that it must be safe and ... medications to help manage opiate dependence like methadone or buprenorphine. These substances work to ... 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 ...

    ... (OxyContin, Percocet). Morphine . Codeine . Methadone . The substances work to change the perception ... Be Dangerous if a Doctor Prescribed Them REALITY: Use and abuse of prescription opioids can lead to a slew of negative ... 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 ...

    ... occur even when taking an opiate as prescribed by a doctor. If you experience withdrawal symptoms when attempting to stop ... administered at specialized clinics. Methadone may be used as a long-term maintenance treatment ... 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 ...

    ... use presents risks that you should discuss with a doctor. Long-term recreational use often involves larger, ... the likelihood of continued opioid misuse. Methadone: A long-acting synthetic opioid that helps with ... 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 ...

    ... Oxycodone Cause an Overdose? Taking oxycodone as prescribed by a doctor is unlikely to lead to serious problems or overdose. ... 't let Ritalin addiction steal your health. Find treatment today. Getting Help According to the ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Vicodin Use

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

    ... the substance despite negative consequences and warnings from doctors, family members, trusted supports, and law ... or continued drug use. At times, drugs like methadone or buprenorphine will be used to aid the transition ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Hydrocodone Addict

    If an addiction to hydrocodone is consuming your life or the life of someone you care about, you're not alone. Help is available, and it isn't hard to find when you know where to look. How to Approach a Hydrocodone Addict The abuse of hydrocodone ...

    ... used as part of MAT may include: Methadone — A long-acting synthetic opioid agonist medication. ... addict may find that the level of drugs prescribed by a doctor no longer effectively reduce the pain and/or provide a “high” ... continue reading
  • Snorting Vicodin

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

    ... nose. You can take your first step toward a Vicodin-free life today. Find a program now. Getting Help for Addiction Vicodin ... 6,9 : Full opioid agonists like methadone that produce a long-acting, less euphoric range of ... continue reading
  • What Is Lean? (Purple Drank) – Codeine

    What Is Lean? (Purple Drank) Lean — also known as purple drank, purple lean, sizzurp, dirty sprite, and lean drink—is a made of combination of prescription-strength cough medicine, soft drinks, and hard, fruit-flavored candy. 1,2 The ...

    ... Chronic use of opioids, such as the codeine found in purple drank, can lead to the ... a relatively low-potency opioid drug, should the acute opioid withdrawal syndrome be significantly severe, medications such as methadone ... continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    ... can result in a rapid cycling between intense highs, and devastating lows. Methadone, with a 22-hour half ... addiction to methadone include: Attempting to obtain multiple prescriptions-also known as “doctor shopping.” ... 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 ...

    ... undergo cognitive behavioral therapy to help you find mechanisms to ensure you don't restart methadone abuse in the future. To find a treatment program, call . A caring treatment advisor can offer you support and ... 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 . ...

    ... certain central nervous system (CNS) activity 2,3 . Methadone has a long duration of action in the body, making it ... understand their role in substance use while finding more beneficial communication skills. Tips to Handle ... 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 ...

    ... as 2 to 3 weeks 10 . Methadone is a powerful opioid substance that can be very challenging to quit. To find recovery support in a treatment program, call today to speak to a rehab placement advisor about your situation. 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 ...

    ... helps you to overcome your addiction is the right treatment method. Finding Methadone Clinics What is a methadone clinic? A methadone clinic is a SAMHSA-certified opioid treatment program (OTP) that specializes in MAT ... 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, ...

    ... does not happen frequently when taken as prescribed by a doctor. Overdose is more likely to occur when taken inappropriately ... cravings. Methadone is a long-acting full opioid agonist. As with buprenorphine, methadone can ... continue reading
  • 6 Facts You Need to Know About Opiate Withdrawal

    The United States has the highest rate of opioid use per capita in the world. As a nation, we consume 80% of the world's opioid supply. 1 In 2014, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health found that 1.9 million people aged 12 or older had a ...

    ... their incarceration. 12 The study found that in prisons that don't provide methadone , no standard protocol was in place to help wean individuals off of methadone or other opiates. This means that a large number of newly ... 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” ...

    ... can also increase the risk of complications. There are a myriad of effects that the user may experience in both ... of opiate addiction : Agonists (i.e. methadone), which fully activate opioid receptors. These drugs have ... 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
  • 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 ...

    ... the past year. 5 The potent narcotic fentanyl and/or other synthetic narcotics (not including methadone) have been involved in a rapidly growing number of overdose deaths in the United States. Over 28,400 of the overdose ... 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, ...

    ... said there was a rise in high-intensity opioid use during the 2000s when more doctors began prescribing these ... frequently requires medication, like the opioid substitutes Methadone or Suboxone. Due to problems related to ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Loved One with a Dilaudid Addiction

    How to Approach an Addict Helping a loved one with a Dilaudid addiction can be incredibly challenging. It is important to be supportive and helpful without enabling your loved one to continue using. Some tips from the National Council on Alcoholism ...

    ... a supportive and abstinent environment. There are many maintenance medications such as methadone, ... : Forging prescriptions for the drug. Doctor shopping, or visiting multiple doctors to get prescriptions. Hiding use from ... 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 ...

    ... and reduce cravings include methadone, buprenorphine, and clonidine: Methadone helps with drug ... . Learn more about how to help a Dilaudid addict here . If you're ready to find a program and begin your new life today ... 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 ...

    ... from a West African plant. She knew it affects the brain in some way to help with heroin addiction. Holly discovered Ibogaine has been effective in treating other addictions too, including alcohol, Suboxone, Methadone ... 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 ...

    ... Addiction People who are addicted to morphine may find it especially difficult to quit, even if they ... to help manage opioid dependence include 9 : Methadone —A long-acting opioid agonist medication that activates the ... 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 ...

    ... can make a huge difference for a recovering Roxicodone user. A 2017 study found that death ... tapered until full abstinence is achieved. Buprenorphine —Like methadone, this partial opioid agonist will aid in reducing ... 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 ...

    ... extremely useful in the management of pain, but they can have a dark side. They are among the most abused drugs in the ... that can help treat opioid disorders, including methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone. 1 These ... 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 ...

    ... as high as 52 percent in opioid addicts. Meanwhile, a 2002 survey published in the Journal of Pain found that up to 62 percent of men receiving methadone maintenance for their addiction reported low testosterone levels ... 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 ...

    ... that while the drug has medical benefit, it also has a high risk of abuse 2 . In fact, the Drug Enforcement ... Methadone , a full opioid agonist that alleviates withdrawal without producing a high. Buprenorphine , 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 ...

    ... 2 In an ever-worsening opioid epidemic, fentanyl is playing a growing role. There were over 47,000 opioid overdose deaths ... . This involves taking a medication such as buprenorphine, methadone, or naltrexone. Cognitive ... 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 ...

    ... also appeared less susceptible to fatal overdose, as the researchers found that it took much longer for the drug to impart ... relies on other opioids, such as methadone and buprenorphine (Suboxone) to relieve withdrawal ... continue reading
  • Codeine Abuse

    Overview of Codeine Abuse Codeine is an opiate drug often found in prescription-strength cough syrups, or in a combination formulation with various other analgesics (for example, with acetaminophen - under the brand name Tylenol 3). It is used ...

    ... to seizures or even death . Addiction Treatment If you are struggling to dig your way out of a codeine addiction, there are several roads you can travel to find the support you need to recover , such as: Checking into ... 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 ...

    ... MAT include 8,9 : A full or partial opioid agonist like methadone or buprenorphine that produces opioid ... basis. If you have been abusing ACTIQ or you know someone how is, you can find help now. To begin the process, call . continue reading
  • The Effects of Opana Use

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

    ... and would like to seek treatment, the first step would be finding a place that can help you detox from the drug (remove it ... approved opioid substitutes such as buprenorphine or methadone as well as other supportive care to ... 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 ...

    ... of participants - the general public and professionals. A panel of subject matter experts will choose five top ... solves the issue. Finally, the idea must include a description of the resources required to implement it. ... 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, ...

    ... Odd thoughts. Get the help you need. Call to find the right treatment center for you. Can Snorting Fentanyl Cause ... agonists like methadone that trigger a response in the brain similar to fentanyl but in a more controlled ... 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 ...

    ... become dependent on Dilaudid, as addiction may develop after being prescribed the medication by a doctor. If you are concerned that you or a loved one may be addicted to Dilaudid, look for the following common signs and ... 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), ...

    ... addiction that can prove lethal. What's in a Name? The rising use and abuse of tramadol prompted the FDA to issue an advisory in 2010. Doctors were directed not to prescribe tramadol to anyone suffering from depression ... continue reading
  • I’m Having Opiate Withdrawals – Am I Addicted?

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

    ... , Shelly received regular doses of oxycodone - a powerful narcotic painkiller. She was still experiencing a lot of discomfort when she left the hospital, so her doctor wrote her an oxycodone prescription to manage any ... 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 ...

    ... medications to non-medicinal therapies. Though you may not know it, your doctors have many options at their disposal. A Look at Opiate Alternatives Over-the-Counter Acetaminophen Acetaminophen, the active ingredient in ... 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 ...

    ... prescription drugs , encourage them to talk with their doctor about the over-the-counter or all-natural ... in any moment, treatment at an inpatient rehab center with a detox unit is the only solution to help them kick ... 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 ...

    ... form or choose to snort or inject it to enhance its effects. Demerol has a history of being abused by healthcare professionals, including doctors and nurses, because it's readily available in the medical community (Latta ... 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 ...

    ... . They initially start taking it for pain, as prescribed by a doctor. The Vicodin use turns into abuse. However, when the supply is gone, they find themselves craving the feeling they have grown to know. This causes ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Percocet Use

    Is Percocet Harmful? When abused, Percocet can be quite harmful. Percocet is the brand name of a narcotic pain reliever containing a combination of oxycodone and acetaminophen (Tylenol) that is used to treat moderate to severe pain. The short-term ...

    ... purposes (or to self-medicate pain without a doctor's supervision). For example: Liver toxicity produces ... Your Insurance Coverage for Percocet Addiction Treatment Find out if your insurance coverage includes percocet ... 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 ...

    ... comfortable asking his doctor for the prescription required to pick it up at a pharmacy. His friends ... drugs and those who may be at risk of overdosing on a prescribed medication. This model of pharmacy-based naloxone (PBN) ... 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 ...

    ... the epidemic's drug of choice any longer, there are a select number of drugs poised to be injected into its ... life-threatening. Additional Reading: The Fight Against Doctor Shopping Rages On Image Source: en.wikipedia. ... continue reading
  • Ultram Abuse

    What Is Ultram? Ultram, the trade name for tramadol, is a synthetic opiate pain reliever prescribed for moderate to severe pain. It can be habit-forming and can produce unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Ultram's potential for abuse has been ...

    ... addiction. Withdrawal under the supervision of a doctor or other addiction treatment professional can ensure ... will help guide you through your journey. If you've found yourself ensnared in the cycle of addiction, you can ... 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, ...

    ... or in someone that you care about, it's important to find a rehab treatment facility that will help them as soon as possible ... and continue to work. An addiction specialist or doctor can help you determine the right type of ... 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, ...

    ... Vicodin abusers often turn to fraudulent means, such as “doctor shopping,” to procure more and more of the drug ... set in after reducing your dose even slightly or waiting a bit longer to take your next dose. Because of this ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Hydrocodone Use

    About Hydrocodone Hydrocodone is a prescription medication sold under multiple brand names, such as: Vicodin. Norco. Lortab. The aforementioned trade names are combinations of hydrocodone and acetaminophen. Other trade formulations also exist that ...

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  • Alternatives to Painkillers

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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 ...

    ... be at risk for addiction if they: Use it for a long period of time. Take larger doses than recommended. Take ... doctor shopping” or prescription forgery to guarantee an uninterrupted supply of the pharmaceutical they find ... continue reading
  • Hydrocodone Abuse

    About Hydrocodone Hydrocodone is an opioid analgesic (painkiller) drug - included in the formulation of many narcotic prescription painkillers that are most often prescribed to control moderate to severe pain. As an opiate drug, it is in the same ...

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  • 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 ...

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  • 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 ...

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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 accompanies dental work or surgery. ...

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  • 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 ...

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  • 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, ...

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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 ...

    ... they keep things hidden from their customers? Let's take a look at some facts and figures, then you can decide. ... to reduce potential abuse concerns , prompting doctors to continue prescribing their products. Balancing 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 ...

    ... loved one has asked for help, encourage them to see a doctor for an evaluation. If you are having trouble communicating with ... support while avoiding enabling behaviors. One study found that in almost 7 out of 10 cases ... 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 ...

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  • 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 ...

    ... , parents or acquaintances, or a doctor may prescribe it to them for a medical condition, such as ADHD ... Earlier Amphetamine Abuse You can also connect with others and find support by visiting our DrugAbuse.com Forum today. 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 ...

    ... take oxycodone without a prescription, or take more than prescribed by their doctor, are at ... and older. The Monitoring the Future Survey, funded by NIDA, found that about 1 in 30 high school seniors has abused OxyContin ... continue reading
  • Opioid Painkiller Abuse

    The category of prescription painkillers covers a wide variety of opioid drugs, including morphine , codeine , oxycodone ( OxyContin , Percocet ), and hydrocodone ( Vicodin , Norco )—as controlled substances, each of these drugs have inherent ...

    ... them, the following signs could point to the misuse of those drugs: 2 If your loved one is going through painkillers at a faster-than-expected rate, it's entirely possible that they might be misusing the drug. It's also ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Painkiller Use

    A painkiller can be any one of a number of drugs, from over-the-counter (OTC) medications like Tylenol, ibuprofen, and aspirin, to prescribed drugs like oxycodone , codeine , morphine , Vicodin , and hydrocodone . All painkillers carry risks—even ...

    ... only. 10,11 Painkiller Characteristics Acetaminophen is found in over 600 OTC and prescription medicines. 10 ... by a doctor. 11 They pose a danger when mixed with alcohol or certain other drugs. 11 Opioids pose a high ... 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 ...

    ... to Vicodin may be challenging at first. However, there are a few questions you can ask to identify your risk: Have you found yourself shopping for doctors or healthcare providers to give you more? Are you taking the ... 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 ...

    ... is stopped suddenly and sometimes even when a doctor decreases a patient's dose. Many of these ... about the solutions that are out there. We can help you find out about your options and decide what next steps make the ... 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 ...

    ... has occurred, it would be advisable to contact your doctor to let them know, and to further discuss your ... Lortab use began while being cared for by a physician, if you find that you are abusing Lortab strictly to get ... 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, ...

    ... takes it, whether on a legitimate or illicit basis. If you find yourself taking your prescribed ... medication more often than normal, or strictly for pleasure, talk to your doctor ... 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 ...

    ... good news is that those struggling with a fentanyl addiction can find recovery through treatment. Addiction recovery programs ... to seek the drug, such as doctor shopping for prescriptions. Impaired personal relationships. ... 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 ...

    ... individual, so using them outside of the doctor's guidelines can put the user at an increased ... help than right now. Call us at to speak with a program specialist and find the best program to fit your needs and get you on ... 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 ...

    ... that person does not have a doctor's recommendation or guideline for use. When a person abuses Vicodin, they may ... on Vicodin is very high, and many people find that a helping hand can make all the difference in preventing ... 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 . ...

    ... under the supervision of a doctor, and exactly as prescribed, Tussionex can be a highly effective medication. ... any questions you may have, and can help you find appropriate treatment. Long-Term Effects of Abuse Over time, ... 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 ...

    ... 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 euphoria and reduced tension. As an opiate, it can addictive. This means that: The ... 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 ...

    ... . Luckily, it's not difficult to find help for tramadol addiction. How to Approach a Tramadol Addict If your loved one needs ... (trade name: Ultram) is prescribed by doctors to relieve moderate to moderately severe pain. ... continue reading
  • Signs & Symptoms of Hydromorphone Abuse

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

    ... last for about 5 hours , and the drug has a potency that is several times greater than morphine 2 . ... bills/fulfilling financial obligations. Schedule many doctors' appointments to receive multiple prescriptions. Isolate ... 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, ...

    ... is the user having multiple prescriptions from different doctors , as well as an abnormal number of ... during specific hours of the day. This gives the addict a chance to recover in own social, family, and work environment ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Methylphenidate Use

    Methylphenidate (brand names: Ritalin, Concerta) is a stimulant prescribed for Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and narcolepsy. Stimulants, like Ritalin, are one of the three most commonly abused ...

    ... will listen to you and get you started down the path to recovery. Don't be afraid to call in for a friend, family member, or anyone else close to you. Addiction and dependence can be harmful to even the brightest future ... 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 ...

    ... seek the drug, such as by obtaining pills through multiple doctors, on the street, or via the Internet. Social ... centers can also limit the chance of a relapse, as a variety of behavioral interventions will be employed ... continue reading
  • Hydrocodone History and Statistics

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

    ... you can get help. Call to speak to someone about finding treatment for opiate addiction. The Hydrocodone Market More than ... prescriptions from multiple doctors in a process called “doctor shopping.” Prescriptions intended ... 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, ...

    ... to live at home while checking in on a regular basis with the program for various ... a potentially life-threatening situation that can be avoided with the help of substance abuse recovery efforts. Call us at to find a ... continue reading
  • Snorting Percocet

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

    ... to acute liver failure, which could result in the need for a liver transplant, or even death 1,2 . In 2015, ... so that you can correct and manage them. Your doctor may also recommend medication as part of your treatment ... 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 ...

    ... narcotics 1 . Those believing they are buying their normal drug of choice (e.g., heroin) may be getting a substance that is much stronger than their bodies can handle. Fentanyl can heighten the potency of heroin and lead ... continue reading
  • Prescription Painkiller FAQ

    What are Prescription Painkillers? Prescription painkillers are opioid medications used to manage relatively severe pain (such as pain associated with surgical procedures or more chronic issues like cancer-related pain). 1, 2 They can be safe and ...

    ... . If you take a painkiller for a medical need, follow your doctor's instructions very carefully, and ... have helped many sustain lasting sobriety. For help finding a program to end your addiction to opioid painkillers, ... continue reading
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