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  • Snorting Fentanyl

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

    ... consuming heroin ( or other drugs) 1,6 . The speed of onset. Intensity. Duration of effects. Speed of ... that comes with snorting fentanyl is the risk of addiction . Addiction is a major concern for all opioid users, even ... 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, ...

    ... heart rate and breathing. Agitation. Confusion. Finally, because snorting tramadol increases the speed of onset of effects as well as their intensity, this method of use is associated with an increased risk of addiction ... 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 ...

    ... with ongoing heroin use, for example, as well as other harmful behaviors associated with addiction 3 . ... orally as prescribed, the speed and intensity of effects are changed . In terms of speed of onset of effects, ... continue reading
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  • Snorting Vicodin

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

    ... support their addiction may switch over to heroin to get similar effects at a lower price 6 . Third, heroin is often ... can result in markedly impaired respiratory rate. Often, breathing will become dangerously slowed ... 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 ...

    ... and, eventually, the brain at different rates—affecting the speed of onset and peak intensity of the ... you may want to take some time to learn about what addiction is and how it impacts normal brain function. This can help ... 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 ...

    ... the rates of prescription painkiller overdose more than quadrupled, exceeding the combined death rates for heroin and ... . You don't have to continue living with an addiction to painkillers. Call 1-888-744-0069 Who Answers? ... 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 ...

    ... painkiller prescriptions are for hydrocodone 4 . High prescription rates like these contribute to the ever-prevalent problem of ... to avoid relapse in the future. Addiction treatment therapy is available on an inpatient ... 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 ...

    ... was too late. The Horror that is Opiate Addiction Opioid overdose deaths have become an epidemic across ... for Disease Control and Prevention reported that heroin-related deaths have nearly quadrupled since 2002. Use ... 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 ...

    ... to physical dependence . However, the side of opiate addiction that we don't hear about is the intense withdrawal ... 24 hours of birth for short half-life drugs such as heroin, or be delayed for 7 days or longer for long ... 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 ...

    ... in blood pressure. Slowed breathing rate. Heart rate changes. Dilaudid Overdose The greatest ... of a long-term maintenance plan against opiate addiction. Buprenorphine also treats withdrawal symptoms and opiate cravings ... 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 ...

    ... painkillers like codeine are a risk factor for heroin abuse. Signs and Symptoms Codeine induces a sense ... someone you care for is struggling with a codeine addiction, be especially alert for the signs of an overdose ... 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) ...

    ... are typically labeled as more serious, such as heroin . These effects include 2 : Intense pleasure. ... flashes. Sweating. Increased blood pressure and heart rate. Addiction is a product of regular abuse of hydromorphone ... continue reading
  • Are Prescription Painkillers as Addictive as Heroin?

    The Link Between Painkillers and Heroin Common Prescription Opioids Vicodin . OxyContin . Percocet . Lortab . Norco . Tramadol . According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), in 2011, 4.2 million Americans aged 12 or over had used heroin ...

    ... , and impact basic homeostatic processes like breathing and heart rate. Need help but don't know where to go? ... under the weight of prescription pill abuse and/or heroin addiction, you are not alone. There are a number ... 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 ...

    ... at higher rates than women, the rates of overdose among women is increasing at a significant rate 3 . ... , coma, and addiction 7 . From Oxy to Heroin Some oxy users may transition from prescription drugs to heroin 7 . This ... 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 ...

    ... ,” and staggering rates of abuse. To counteract the spiraling threat of opioid addiction, drug and ... that problematic users are at high risk of progressing towards heroin abuse should they lose access to a steady supply 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, ...

    ... in October of 2015, 74 Chicagoans overdosed on heroin that many believe was cut with fentanyl or ... all of these situations can turn fatal. If fentanyl abuse and addiction has a hold on you, a friend, or someone you ... 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 ...

    ... to other narcotic drugs, such as morphine and heroin. History Oxycodone was first developed as part of ... , oxycodone also has significant potential for abuse and addiction. Like all opiates, it works by binding to ... 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 ...

    ... painkiller with effects similar to the illicit opiate drug heroin , including the production of a pleasant, euphoric ... provide the stability many need to commence with addiction treatment. It may only be administered at ... 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 ...

    ... of opioid or opiate overdose , which includes heroin and prescription pain medications. Quitting opiates can be ... assist with the treatment of opioid abuse, addiction, and dependence throughout different stages of recovery ... 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 ...

    ... substance will reduce blood pressure and slow the heart rate. When the substance is abused, the user may ... because opioid dependence and addiction is a major contributing factor to eventual heroin dependence. In fact, ... 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 ...

    ... oxycodone include “oxy,” “kickers,” “blue,” and “hillybilly heroin.” 4 At certain doses, oxycodone may elicit an intensely ... will serve as the basis for treating oxycodone addiction. One of the most common approaches is ... 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 also tend to lower resting heart rate, cause chronic constipation, create a widening ... or Canada. Millions of Americans suffer from addiction to opioids like heroin or OxyContin, but according to research, many ... 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, ...

    ... , such as: Dangerously decreased breathing rate. Liver problems. Depression. Similar hydrocodone medications are marketed as Norco and Zohydro . From Prescription Opiates to Heroin Addiction to opiates like Lortab is ... 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 ...

    ... learn how about addiction treatment and the road to recovery. Is Fentanyl More Deadly Than Heroin? Effects of Fentanyl ... high relapse rate and not all treatment centers are equipped to handle fentanyl addiction. Before ... continue reading
  • Tramadol History and Statistics

    Tramadol (brand name: Ultram) is an oral, opioid pain-relieving drug that is marketed under a variety of of trade names - with Ultram and Ultracet being the most widely prescribed and recognized. Tramadol is most often prescribed to treat moderate ...

    ... be relatively safe due to its low potential for abuse, addiction to tramadol has been a growing problem in the US ... year the substance became approved in the US, the rates of ER visits due to non-medical use of tramadol ... 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 ...

    ... may increase a user's risk for abuse and addiction 3 . People who continually abuse morphine will likely develop ... people may switch from a drug like morphine to heroin. This is common because painkillers tend to be much ... 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 ...

    ... Percocet is known by numerous names including: Hillbilly heroin. Perks. Percs. Signs and Symptoms of Percocet ... signals that may be red flags for abuse and addiction to this prescription opiate. A major sign of opiate ... 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 ...

    ... over age 12 in the US. Abused by high school students at high rates with 1.0% of 8 th graders, 3.4% of 10 th graders ... those abusing the substance. Don't let Vicodin addiction rule your life. Learn about treatment now. ... continue reading
  • Prescription Painkiller FAQ

    Can I get Addicted Even if I have a Prescription? Yes, you can get addicted to opioids even if you have a prescription. Opioids activate the reward pathways in the brain and induce feelings of pleasure . This mechanism acts as positive reinforcement ...

    ... produced can mimic those of the potent street opiate heroin. Many who strive to achieve these feelings time and ... recovery. For help finding a program to end your addiction to opioid painkillers, call us at 1-888-744-0069 ... 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 ...

    ... To learn about how to find recovery from a Norco addiction, call 1-888-744-0069 Who Answers? . Signs and ... drug plays a core role in whether adolescents abuse it. Heroin has long held the crown as the scariest drug on the ... 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 ...

    ... out fentanyl for its potent high, but many heroin distributors are lacing their product with fentanyl to provide ... . Strong cravings for more of the substance. Addiction and addictive behaviors will be more apparent than ... continue reading
  • Opioid Painkiller Abuse

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

    ... may contribute to the development of addiction. Addiction is a chronic disease that involves drug ... past month. 1.1% of 12th graders reported using narcotics other than heroin in the past month. 1.7% of 12th graders, 1.1% ... 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 ...

    ... Light-headedness. Sleepiness. Slowed respiratory rate. Headache. Dizziness. Fainting. Abdominal pain ... past prescription opioid addiction makes you 40 times more likely to develop a heroin dependence. Painkiller abuse ... 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 . ...

    ... 5,6 : Anxiety. Agitation. Confusion. Increased heart rate and blood pressure. Fever. Constipation. Constricted pupils. ... Causing the Opioid Addiction Epidemic? Are Prescription Painkillers as Addictive as Heroin? Join the ... 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 ...

    ... similar to those of heroin, reinforce patterns of abuse and can quickly lead to addiction, as many users ... opioid abuse. The dramatic increase in opioid prescription rates . From 1991 to 2013, prescriptions for opioid ... continue reading
  • Morphine Overdose

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

    ... , the rate of opioid overdoses has increased by 200% 2 . In 2014, the rate of overdose ... heroin and prescription pain killers 4 . Morphine can be habit-forming for some people. Due to the risk of dependence and addiction ... 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” ...

    ... affect the brain the same way morphine and heroin do. They attach to opioid receptors found ... contributes to the high rate of relapse. How to Get Help for Prescription Opiate Addiction Detox and Medication-Assisted ... 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 ...

    ... ? to speak to someone about finding treatment for opiate addiction. The Hydrocodone Market More than 99% of hydrocodone abused ... effect on the body by slowing down heart rate and respiration , which can cause coma or death ... 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 ...

    ... of relaxation. Euphoria. Drowsiness. Slowed heart rate. These effects are perceived as pleasant, and ... heroin as a substitute . Additional Resources For more information about codeine's effects and codeine addiction ... 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 ...

    ... to that of many other opioids (such as morphine and heroin) 3 . When the substance enters the system, it ... to independent living. If you are interested in seeking addiction treatment, call 1-888-744-0069 Who Answers? to ... 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 ...

    ... prescribed to them are displaying indicators of addiction . ? ? Addiction An addiction is likely to have taken hold at ... switching to illicit street drugs such as heroin at alarming rates. ? It's extremely important to talk ... 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 ...

    ... Would you think of a young, poor male injecting heroin and obsessing over how they will need to score ... that of someone you love, talk to a doctor or addiction professional without delay. It can only get worse the longer ... 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 ...

    ... Would you think of a young, poor male injecting heroin and obsessing over how they will need to score ... that of someone you love, talk to a doctor or addiction professional without delay. It can only get worse the longer ... continue reading
  • Effects of Roxicodone Addiction

    Roxicodone (“Roxy”) is one available brand version of oxycodone—a powerful semi-synthetic opioid painkiller. 1,2 The medicinal effect of opioids like oxycodone is brought on by a change in the way the brain and body respond to pain. Rather ...

    ... of heroin (another full opioid agonist), making it a sought after drug of abuse. Prescription rates for ... on your personal preferences and the severity of your addiction, you may move from detox to either an inpatient ... 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 . ...

    ... 2,3 . More recently, it has been prescribed at increasing rates to treat cases of severe pain 1 . In 2013, ... While it is a vital tool in the treatment of opioid addiction, when it is abused, the consequences can be deadly. ... 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 ...

    ... use continue to seek out and abuse the drug in question. Addiction may be one of the most dangerous long-term effects of ... an opiate, or narcotic, similar to codeine, heroin , and morphine. These kinds of substances are ... 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 ...

    ... addiction treatment program. They found that treatment programs had significantly lower death rates than ... well-known drugs like heroin and morphine , both of which can rapidly lead to addiction. Like other opiates, ... 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 ...

    ... including fentanyl ; and the illegal drug heroin . 1,2 Prescription opioids are prescribed to ... of prescription opioids may also lead to physical dependence and addiction. 4,6 Opiate abuse takes its toll on almost every ... 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 ...

    ... illicit substances like heroin or cocaine. Legal drugs have the potential to cause devastating addiction, as well, ... in a formal addiction treatment program were significantly lower than the death rates for those who only ... continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    ... the problem is. Shocking Death Rate Chuck Rosenberg, the DEA's acting administrator, confirmed that nearly 70 percent of the 46,000 drug overdoses reported in 2013 came from heroin or prescription drugs. About half ... 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 ...

    ... number was around 6,700. Ken Roy, medical director for Addiction Recovery Resource in New Orleans, noted, “What we're seeing ... - also known as meth , crystal meth, crank, speed, ice, and crystal - is a potent stimulant. It ... 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 ...

    ... mechanism of action is similar to that of heroin . Examples of opioid pain medications include: Hydrocodone ... or history of substance use like alcohol or other drugs. Addiction is only one part of the problem, though. The ... continue reading
  • Is Fentanyl Abuse More Deadly Than Heroin?

    Fentanyl, a drug previously unheard of by many, has become notorious in recent years due to the spike in overdose deaths from heroin laced with the potent prescription narcotic. It gained even more notoriety when the April 2016 death of iconic ...

    ... (IMF), is made in clandestine labs. NPF is sold illegally, and it is highly sought after because it produces heroin-like effects 1 and can be cheap for manufacturers to make. On the street, it is sold under various names ... 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 ...

    ... known 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 ... 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 ...

    ... risks, and methadone abuse is common. While the drug does not produce a high in the same manner as heroin, it can be abused to cause the same effects as most opiates: sedation, relaxation, and reduction of anxiety. That ... 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 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 of an ... 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 ...

    ... opioids found in painkillers are the same ones found in heroin, which caused over 8,000 overdose deaths in 2013. ... pills, suffering from undiagnosed sleep apnea or heroin abuse, thousands die each year from opioid ... 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 ...

    ... a vicious cycle of misuse and abuse develops. We've got millions struggling with painkiller addiction and millions more have turned to heroin as a “more affordable” alternative once buying pills on the street becomes too ... 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, ...

    ... closely monitor their condition—especially breathing and heart rate—and report all observations to the emergency crew ... those with relatively more severe abuse or addiction problems. Outpatient treatment is another great ... 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, ...

    ... 9 percent over these ten years. But during the same time, the rate of use disorders rose from 0.6 to 0.9 percent. There was ... treatment options. Treatment of opioid addiction frequently requires medication, like the opioid ... 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, ...

    ... system depressant, Vicodin naturally decreases heart rate and respirations , particularly if taken in ... enter an inpatient or outpatient rehab program. If your addiction is severe, entering a rehab center on an inpatient ... 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 ...

    ... Demerol abuse can lead to serious problems, including opioid addiction. When Demerol abuse persists, a person may develop ... safer than illegal “hard” drugs, like the opiate heroin , or cocaine. An article in the Journal of ... 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 ...

    ... household income that is half of the national rate - and they have twice as many people living below the poverty line. Dr. Carl R. Sullivan III, addiction services director at West Virginia University School of Medicine ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Dextromethorphan Use

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

    ... cause a dangerous rise in blood pressure and heart rate. Dextromethorphan Short-term Effects “Robo-tripping,” or ... of DMX on a regular basis can quickly lead to addiction and put the user's mental and physical health in ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Opiates on the Body

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

    ... / http://www.drugabuse.gov/about-nida/legislative-activities/testimony-to-congress/2014/americas-addiction-to-opioids-heroin-prescription-drug-abuse http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15352644 http://www.slu.edu/rel ... 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 ...

    ... States, and it is diverted and abused at a higher rate than any other legal or illicit opioid 1 . In 2011 ... death for people with an abuse problem. Professional addiction treatment can prevent an overdose by helping a ... 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 brain's opiate receptors, much like morphine or heroin , Opana, otherwise known as oxymorphone, is a ... so many others, should be a reminder of opioid addiction's devastating consequences. Although Opana may not be a ... 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 ...

    ... the hunger away by taking receptors back to their pre-heroin state. Called an “addiction interrupter,” Ibogaine simply interrupts the chemical addiction, so it removes withdrawal and craving symptoms. Holly thought this ... 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, ...

    ... back for more, eventually leading to abuse and addiction. But what if those euphoric effects were taken ... suggests the euphoric effect of opioids is influenced by their rate of entry into the brain. Basically, “the faster ... 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 ...

    ... following: Don't suffer the risks of DXM addiction. Learn about treatment programs today. Liver failure. Tachycardia (rapid heart rate). Seizures. Hyperthermia. Respiratory depression. Coma. Withdrawal Symptoms Typically ... 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 ...

    ... Another concern with opioid medications is slowed or stopped heart rate, which can also be fatal 4, 5 . Additional ... for an opioid abuse problem right away. Addiction treatment programs can make a huge difference by ... 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 ...

    ... the medication again. The spiral continues; the physical and psychological dependence gets worse. The Withdrawal-Addiction Cycle While opiate withdrawal certainly isn't pleasant, it is temporary and its symptoms can be ... 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 ...

    ... . The Birth of Innovation The Opioid Technology Challenge initiative is in response to the staggering addiction and overdose statistics we're currently experiencing across the nation. An estimated 91 Americans die each ... 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. ...

    ... it has become a problem no one wants to talk about, said Dr. Alex Walley, director of the Addiction Medicine Fellowship Program at Boston Medical Center. Should We Make Restrooms Safer for Everyone? Yet, in the meantime ... 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 ...

    ... overall health, but it also plays a crucial role in addiction recovery, too. According to a recent Penn State study ... permanently kick drugs like heroin and OxyContin. Additional Reading: Addiction is an Emotional Disease ... 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 ...

    ... including OxyContin and Vicodin . However, teens prescribed methadone for the management of a heroin addiction (or addiction to another opiate) are equally as vulnerable to developing a methadone abuse problem as ... 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 ...

    ... morphine 1 . Individuals who abuse or struggle with addiction to fentanyl put themselves at high risk of overdose. ... a fentanyl overdose have on the user's heart rate and breathing present the biggest risk of death or ... 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, ...

    ... pain in adults 1 . Opioid medications have a high addiction potential, and overdose can be deadly—in fact, a ... drugs, such as alcohol , the breathing and heart rate problems associated with abuse may be pushed to lethal ... 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 ...

    ... as breathing, blood pressure, temperature, and heart rate—will be monitored and treated to ensure their ... case of a more severe Percocet abuse problem or addiction, inpatient treatment may be a more appropriate option. ... 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 ...

    ... CNS depression and worsen breathing and heart rate problems related to use. And, as ... you, it's not too late to prevent overdose. Getting professional addiction treatment can have a major impact on an abuser's life, and ... 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 ...

    ... tells the stories of teens and young adults who progressed from opiate painkiller abuse to devastating heroin addictions. Credit: Reveal Effects of OxyContin Abuse There are various long-term effects of OxyContin use ... 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 ...

    ... prescription. Fentanyl can produce effects similar to that of heroin but is actually a much more potent drug. ... 12 Actiq use may lead to tolerance, dependence, and addiction . 1,2 Actiq Tolerance Like many other drugs of ... 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 ...

    ... . The euphoric high is similar to that of heroin and other opiates. Abuse of the drug can be ... realize he or she has become dependent on Dilaudid, as addiction may develop after being prescribed the medication by a doctor ... 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 ...

    ... kickstart recovery. Key Statistics The problem of morphine abuse and addiction is a significant one. According to the Center for Disease Control (CDC): The rate of opioid analgesic use is the highest among males between ... 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 ...

    ... experience: Nervousness. Agitation. Rapid pulse rate. Hypertension (raised blood pressure). Insomnia ... the drug develops, along with the potential for full-fledged addiction. Once your body builds up a tolerance, you will ... continue reading
  • Opioid Addiction: Signs and Addiction Treatment

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

    ... . Such reinforcement of continued use can lay the groundwork for opioid addiction development. 4 Since they have similar mechanisms of action to drugs like heroin, even opioids that are prescribed by a doctor have the ... 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 ...

    ... recovery. Methadone eliminates the “rush,” “crash,” and craving pattern to help break the cycle of addiction. Like heroin and many prescription pain medications, methadone is an opioid medication. 1,2 The difference is ... 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 ...

    ... how to start the conversation read more here. Methadone Addiction Treatment Because methadone is so addictive, it can be ... as intense an effect profile as that of heroin and other shorter-acting, more potent opioid ... 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 ...

    ... surgical pain or more chronic pain situations. Prescription rates are high in the United States. The drug ... short-term, and its misuse can rapidly lead to addiction . You might notice tolerance developing even when taking ... 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 ...

    ... M.D., M.P.H. indicated in a 2015 press release that most current heroin users in the U.S. progressed to the drug from prescription opioid use. Help for opiate addiction typically comes in the form of one of two types of ... 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 ...

    ... resources out there and you don't have to try and manage your pain alone. If you're struggling with an addiction to or dependence on painkillers and need help, call us today at 1-888-744-0069 Who Answers? to find a ... 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 ...

    ... 8 Wondering if you or a loved one has an addiction problem? Find out in less than 5 minutes with our ... nose. Sweating. Chills and goosebumps. Increased heart and breathing rate. If a person has used purple drank for a long ... continue reading
  • Opiate Relapse

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

    ... This is not helpful and can spiral into old patterns of abuse. First, try to remind yourself that the relapse rate for opiate addiction is as high as 91%, so you are in the majority. Then stop and think about what led to ... 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, ...

    ... of appetite. Nausea. Vomiting. Stomach cramps. Diarrhea. Increased respiratory rate. Elevated blood pressure. Rapid heart rate. Treatment for Tramadol Addiction Getting treatment for a substance use disorder can feel ... 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 ...

    ... to relieve pain and encourage abuse. Don't let a tramadol addiction control your life. Learn about treatment and recovery today. First, like heroin, codeine, and all other opiate analgesics, tramadol binds to opioid ... 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), ...

    ... advisory in 2010. Doctors were directed not to prescribe tramadol to anyone suffering from depression or at risk for addiction. But this wasn't enough. In fact, 2011 saw over 20,000 ER visits that were linked to tramadol ... 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 ...

    ... you or a loved one is struggling to get free from an opiate addiction, call 1-888-744-0069 Who Answers? to learn about recovery ... deprived). Cold, clammy skin. Slowed heart rate / cardiac arrest. Drop in blood pressure. ... 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 ...

    ... fentanyl. 2,13 Fentanyl is popping up in heroin and other drugs (often unbeknownst to users), ... ? Yes. Actiq is very addictive. Fentanyl has a strong addiction potential because it is 50-100 times more potent than morphine ... 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 ...

    ... 1-888-744-0069 Who Answers? Heroin and prescription painkiller medications are addictive ... the worst thing that can happen if I do this?” With opioid addiction, perhaps a more important question is: “What is the worst thing ... 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 ...

    ... medication, which is associated with lower relapse rates than supervised withdrawal alone. 3 Methadone is ... going through withdrawal, detox, and/or rehab for opioid addiction, it is best to first talk to your doctor about ... continue reading
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