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  • Why Are Prescription Opiates So Addictive?

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

    ... “endogenous morphine” and, essentially, is the body's natural morphine. Over time, opiates desensitize the brain's natural opioid system , making it less responsive. This creates tolerance , so the person will no longer ... 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 ...

    ... should be prescribed sparingly and only when absolutely necessary. Approaching a Loved One About Opiate Addiction Common losses that make an addicted person see the need for treatment are the destruction of important ... 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 ...

    ... a fully synthetic drug , which means that it is man-made and does not occur in nature. This is in contrast to morphine and codeine - which are natural opiates derived from the opium poppy. It also differs from drugs like ... continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    ... the body to the brain. In essence, opiate and opioid drugs don't make your pain go away, they just change ... NPF), also called illicitly manufactured fentanyl (IMF), is made in clandestine labs. NPF is sold illegally, and ... 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 ...

    ... treated with other medications. It is a semi-synthetic opiate that was first created in 1916 from thebaine, ... suggests that changes to the formulation of OxyContin that make it harder to abuse have merely caused users to ... 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 ...

    ... long-term, Vicodin has the ability to make people overlook the negative side effects while ... as half of heroin users begin their drug abuse with another opiate like Vicodin before moving to heroin. If you're worried about ... 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 ...

    ... human studies indicated that tramadol was less addictive than other opiates, so it was classified as a non-scheduled drug ... less effective in cases of tramadol overdose, making it more difficult to treat individuals who ... 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 ...

    ... abuse and addiction to this prescription opiate. A major sign of opiate abuse is taking more of the ... pain relief and/or “high.” This propensity for tolerance makes this category of drug a prime candidate for abuse, even ... 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 ...

    ... when adhering to a physician prescription—the risk of opiate addiction is minimized; however, the drug is often misused ... found in the brain. Hydrocodone works to make more dopamine available in the brain, which produces ... 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 ...

    ... includes feelings of euphoria and reduced tension. As an opiate, it can addictive. This means that: The body ... Discuss the risks of morphine abuse with your children. Make clear to your teen that prescription drugs can be ... 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 ...

    ... Approach an Addict Family, friends, and even coworkers can make a huge difference in motivating a person to seek treatment ... . Is OxyContin Addictive? Like all opiates, OxyContin is potentially addictive. OxyContin attaches ... 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. [/box] Fentanyl is a potent, synthetic opioid analgesic - excellent for controlling serious ...

    ... grown tolerant to a therapeutic dose of some other opiate) . Any person who uses fentanyl and doesn't ... very serious disease that should not be taken lightly. Make the decision to connect with an addiction recovery program ... 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 ...

    ... repeated attempts to achieve these sensations are made, despite the negative consequences that result from ... and more often and in increasingly greater amounts. Making multiple, unsuccessful attempts to end or reduce use. ... 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 ...

    ... process. In fact, MAT is called medication- assisted treatment because the treatment is assisted by—not solely made up of—medication. Treatment may take place on an in-facility or inpatient basis or outpatient/outside ... 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 ...

    ... drug is comprised of oxycodone— a substance that derives from opiate alkaloids found in the opium poppy . As an opioid, it ... possible intermittent dozing off. Delayed reactions, making it dangerous to operate machinery or ... 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 ...

    ... are generally similar to the side effects for other opiate analgesics and may include: Nausea and vomiting. Dry ... problem but did not receive help. Prescription drug abusers make up a significant portion of those in need. ... 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 ...

    ... to come to an oxycodone user with empathy and sobriety support. Make sure that they understand that you care about them and are ... trying to trade or buy medication. You have made previous attempts to limit or stop use of ... 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 ...

    ... addiction as a true addiction until it is too late. They make excuses for their loved ones, because after all, it is not ... to fall apart that the addiction connection is made. Addiction to Vicodin will often tear apart ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Morphine Use

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

    ... to develop very rapidly in a user, making morphine a frequently abused drug. Morphine addiction ... long-term use of morphine is the development of addiction. Opiate addiction can ravage your life and that of your loved ... 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 ...

    ... effects can be brought about more easily or made worse if hydromorphone is combined with other ... is also potentially linked to impaired 3 : Decision-making skills. Behavior regulation. Response to stress. Tolerance ... 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 ...

    ... acid, berry flavoring, and edible glue made with modified food starch and confectioner's sugar ... naloxone, give it to the person. Do your best to make sure the individual stays breathing and awake. To avert choking, the ... 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 ...

    ... you know abuses prescription painkillers or has made unsuccessful attempts at quitting, immediate treatment ... have at home from friends and family may help you make this decision. If for example, you have friends or family ... 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 ...

    ... the combination of acetaminophen and oxycodone - an opiate-derived pain reliever ), you're not alone. ... for drug abuse counselors to give you random drug tests to make sure you're on the right track. Because these programs ... 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 ...

    ... specialists involved in the recovery process can make a huge difference for a tramadol addict ... to moderately severe pain. The medication is considered an opiate agonist, which works by changing the way your brain and ... 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 ...

    ... today. First, like heroin, codeine, and all other opiate analgesics, tramadol binds to opioid receptors in the brain ... may cause seizures . This property also makes tramadol especially dangerous for abusers because the ... 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 ...

    ... Per a report by the CDC, those addicted to opiate painkillers are 40 times more likely to abuse or become ... discussion with your teenage children about drug abuse Make sure to underscore the risks of prescription drug ... 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 ...

    ... off painkillers and to cope with life without drugs. Additional therapeutic interventions will help people to make healthy changes to their thoughts and behaviors regarding their drug us. Aftercare planning and relapse ... 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 ...

    ... addition to reducing pain, opioids also activate the body's reward system by increasing dopamine activity, which may make users feel relaxed, happy, or high. 3 Opioids can also impact the user's ability to breathe when ... 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, ...

    ... brain, but it also induces a sense of euphoria, making it extremely effective but also highly addictive . Signs and ... central nervous system depressant, such as alcohol , another opiate , or a barbiturate. The U.S. National ... 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 ...

    ... be prescription opioid-dependent, based on the DSM-5 criteria for substance use disorder. 5 These side effects can make the user uncomfortable, and tend to get worse as the dose increases. Other side effects can be much ... 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 ...

    ... in order to alleviate pain. 4 This is a normal response to ongoing opioid therapy; however, you should never make the decision to increase your dosage on your own in an attempt to overcome any tolerance. Doing so could ... 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, ...

    ... The type of support you have at home. Medical detox is strongly recommended for opioid withdrawal since it can make the process easier and safer, lower the risk of relapse, and may encourage people to continue treatment ... 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) ...

    ... to change perceptions of pain in the user. It does not treat the underlying cause of the pain; it only makes the pain more bearable for the user. When the substance is injected or consumed orally, the pain relief will ... 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 ...

    ... slowly wean off of Tussionex under medical supervision . Medications can be given to help ease symptoms and make the patient more comfortable. Some medications that may be used include the following 10 : Clonidine: Helps ... continue reading
  • Tramadol Withdrawal

    Tramadol is an opioid medication that works to relieve moderately severe pain by changing the way that the brain and nervous system perceive and respond to pain 1,2 . The substance was prescribed more than 43 million times during 2013 according to ...

    ... to those associated with other types of opiate withdrawal. Tramadol withdrawal is often marked by ... when faced with the choice to use, rather than making impulse decisions. Speak positively to yourself about your ability ... 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 ...

    ... less potent pain reliever that acts on different pain receptors, making Vicodin more effective. Prescription opioid abuse is an increasing problem ... Librium Lorazepam Methadone Opana Opiate Oxycodone Oxycontin Painkiller ... 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 ...

    ... can lead to serious health and social consequences, making the support of family and friends a priority. Loved ... assisted treatment (MAT) for the management of opiate withdrawal and cravings. Medications used as part ... 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, ...

    ... . The atypical psychological symptoms of tramadol withdrawal may distort the user's judgment and decision-making and cause them to behave abnormally or even dangerously. Because of this, medically-assisted detoxification ... 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, ...

    ... Addiction Getting treatment for a substance use disorder can feel scary, but it's a courageous step toward making positive changes in your life and beginning the life-long journey of recovery. 9 Effective treatment plans ... 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 ...

    ... worst flu you could possibly imagine. You might have nausea and vomiting, cold sweats, depression, and other symptoms that make you want to turn back to opioids for relief. This is why it is a great idea to get support ... continue reading
  • Are Prescription Painkillers as Addictive as Heroin?

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

    ... Confusion. Nausea and vomiting. The intensity of an opiate or opioid high is influenced not only by the drug ... making an attempt at recovery), the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) has made ... 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 ...

    ... order to simulate the euphoric effects of other stronger opiates . Signs and Symptoms While many abuse Ultram to ... less likely to take something they don't recognize. Make sure to: Talk to your teen about the dangers of ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Ultram Use

    Ultram (trade name: tramadol ) is an opiate analgesic typically prescribed for pain that is moderate to moderately severe. When introduced, it was regarded as having a very low potential for addiction; however, its instance of abuse and dependency ...

    ... pain treatment option - less potent than more typical opiate painkillers and, as a result, having a ... an attempt to curb illicit use of the drug, and to make it unlawful if found in possession of it without a prescription ... 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 ...

    ... quickly damage the liver and/or be fatal. The addictive potential of an opiate with the liver-damaging properties of acetaminophen makes for a volatile combination for abusers of Norco. Short-term Effects Norco produces ... 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 ...

    ... more than 2 million people in the US abused opiates . Many of these individuals exhibit behaviors or have mental ... be used to taking another, but that does not make exchanging medication a safe idea. No matter the level ... continue reading
  • Opioid Addiction: Treatment and Rehab

    If you or a loved one abuses opioids, you should know that opioid addiction treatment can be a beneficial and potentially lifesaving intervention. 1 It can be challenging and uncomfortable to stop using opioids on your own. 2 Opioid rehab can help ...

    ... you want to know how to help someone with an opiate addiction, you should be aware of the options for opioid ... more slowly than other opioids in a way that doesn't make someone who is opioid-dependent feel high. It can be ... 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 ...

    ... opioid pain relievers. As a potent semi-synthetic opiate derived from morphine 2 , Roxicodone produces effects similar ... Abuse Roxicodone's potency and rapid onset of action make it a popular drug of abuse for those seeking ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Dextromethorphan Addict

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

    ... of dextromethorphan show a variety of recognizable signs and symptoms that make it easy to decipher whether they have a serious problem or not ... Librium Lorazepam Methadone Opana Opiate Oxycodone Oxycontin Painkiller ... 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 ...

    ... structured opportunity to seek help and support to make positive life changes. An intervention consists of information ... methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone prescribed for opiate addiction that may be used to assist ... 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 ...

    ... sometimes overdose. Supervised detoxification helps prevent relapse and makes withdrawal symptoms more tolerable. A number of supervised ... Librium Lorazepam Methadone Opana Opiate Oxycodone Oxycontin Painkiller Percocet ... 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, ...

    ... resist the urge to continue use long enough to make progress towards recovery. Treatment programs for methylphenidate addiction ... Klonopin Librium Lorazepam Methadone Opana Opiate Oxycodone Oxycontin Painkiller Percocet ... 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 ...

    ... Due to its potency, Opana is a highly sought-after opiate of abuse and sold under various street names , including: Blue ... from the CDC, past prescription opioid addiction makes you 40 times more likely to develop a ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Tussionex Addict

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

    ... one will react less defensively if you acknowledge that you have to make positive changes as well. How Not to Talk to a Tussionex Addict ... Librium Lorazepam Methadone Opana Opiate Oxycodone Oxycontin Painkiller Percocet ... continue reading
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  • Oxycodone Abuse

    What Is Oxycodone? Oxycodone is a pain-relieving drug that is prescribed frequently to address moderate to severe pain. The substance is found alone and in combination with other pain relievers in a tablet form under several brand names including: ...

    ... a lab, oxycodone impacts the user in ways similar to other legal and illegal opioids. Also, like other opiate and opioid drugs, oxycodone is capable of delivering a powerful high —rendering it a potential drug of abuse ... 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 ...

    ... teen abuse of narcotics in general has declined since 2009, hydrocodone abuse remains high relative to the other opiates. In fact: The MTF survey found that lifetime abuse of Vicodin was higher among both 10 th and ... 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 ...

    ... : Inpatient rehab centers . Outpatient treatment centers. It's important to consider that withdrawal from morphine and other opiates can be intense and impose stress on both the body and the psyche, so detoxing in a safe ... 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 ...

    ... the late 1920s, officials in the United States were investigating methods to find substitutes for opiate-containing cough medicines that were leading to high levels of addiction. Researchers tested hundreds of substances ... 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. What are the Signs of Addiction? The signs of fentanyl abuse are similar to that of other opiates in that they can range from mild to life-threatening. Someone who is abusing fentanyl may show the following ... 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 ...

    ... : Suburban Junkies The following video 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 ... 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 ...

    ... these side effects, the misuse of prescription opioids may also lead to physical dependence and addiction. 4,6 Opiate abuse takes its toll on almost every major body system. View our infographic to see the true dangers ... 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 ...

    ... the body and may lead to multi-organ failure and death. Short-Term Effects As a broad class of drugs, opiates have an analgesic, or painkilling, effect on the body that can bring about a sense of relief, especially to ... 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 ...

    ... more and more of the drug to achieve the same high. It's important to note that the phenomenon of opiate tolerance is so pervasive, that you can become tolerant to Lortab, even if you are taking your Lortab as prescribed ... 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, ...

    ... have abused or misused Lortab. Consider these other alarming statistics: Lortab and drugs in the same category (opiates) are some of the most prescribed and abused drugs in the U.S. More than 200 prescription medications ... 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 ...

    ... you love is exhibiting these signs and might need help with a codeine addiction, call to learn about opiate recovery options. Effects of Codeine Abuse There are many unpleasant side of codeine abuse, some of which can ... 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 ...

    ... for its sedating, relaxing, and euphoric effects. The euphoric high is similar to that of heroin and other opiates. Abuse of the drug can be dangerous and potentially fatal. Overdose and death can occur when Dilaudid is ... continue reading
  • Norco Abuse

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  • The Effects of Dextromethorphan Use

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  • How to Help a Painkillers Addict

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    ... Prescription drugs are generally prescribed in a manner that decreases the likelihood of addiction. For example, many opiate painkillers like oxycodone (OxyContin) and codeine are only intended to be used on a short-term ... continue reading
  • Demerol Abuse

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    ... family members. They may falsely assume that prescription drugs are safer than illegal “hard” drugs, like the opiate heroin , or cocaine. An article in the Journal of Adolescent Health lists factors that could put teens ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Norco Addict

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    ... have loved ones facing addiction. Norco is an opiate prescription medication commonly used to provide relief from moderate ... both. Call Our Hotline Today Recovery from opiate addiction is not easily done alone. There are ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Codeine Addict

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  • The Effects of Dilaudid Use

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    ... It is often used as part of a long-term maintenance plan against opiate addiction. Buprenorphine also treats withdrawal symptoms and opiate cravings. It is often combined with naloxone (as Suboxone), which helps prevent ... continue reading
  • Tussionex Abuse

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    ... s white matter 7 . The white matter affects a person's ability to regulate behavior, manage stress, and make decisions 6 . Other potential long-term effects of Tussionex or Tussicaps abuse include 2 : Irregular menses in ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Demerol Addict

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    ... doesn't have to be difficult. Locate the right treatment center based on your needs by calling . You can make a confidential call to our treatment support specialists any time 24 hours a day, 365 days a year. Take your ... continue reading
  • Alternatives to Painkillers

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    ... your specific type of pain. A physical therapist can help in this area. (See below for more information.) Making dietary changes related to the type of pain you experience may help you manage some of your symptoms. There ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Opana Use

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  • Snorting Hydrocodone

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  • Can You Overdose on Painkillers?

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