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  • Opiate Addiction Withdrawal

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

    ... to experience withdrawal when the drug is no longer used 2,4 . When opiate drugs are used, they are eventually shuttled ... antagonist, in a branded formulation known as Suboxone. Probuphine. A recently approved version of ... 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. According ... the withdrawal. Suboxone - Combines buprenorphine with naloxone (a medication that blocks opioid receptors ... 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 ...

    ... to feel and function normally—they will face a long list of withdrawal symptoms and will often be unwilling ... dangerous effects such as profound respiratory depression. Suboxone, a commonly used medication in the treatment ... continue reading
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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, ...

    ... . Fentanyl is up to 100 times more powerful than morphine , an opiate that is addictive in its own right 1,3 . In recent ... like buprenorphine (or the combination product, Suboxone—buprenorphine + naloxone) that work like ... 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 ...

    ... of detox. Like methadone, it can also be used as long-term maintenance and may be given in combination with naloxone (as Suboxone). Naltrexone: Blocks the euphoric effects of Tussionex and helps to prevent relapse. Other ... 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 ...

    ... Due to its potency, Opana is a highly sought-after opiate of abuse and sold under various street names , including: ... works by completely blocking any euphoric effects of opioids. The long-acting, injectable version of ... continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    ... be used as a long-term maintenance treatment for opiate dependence or gradually tapered over time. Buprenorphine can decrease withdrawal symptoms and cravings and can also block the effects of other opiates. As a partial ... 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” ...

    ... . This creates tolerance , so the person will no longer respond to the drug as strongly and will need a ... block receptors and interfere with the rewarding effects of opiates. These medications treat prescription opiate ... 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 ...

    ... Many view relapse as a significant, yet not insurmountable, stumbling block. It's all part of the recovery process, and ... and compulsions that can persist long after use has stopped 4 . Opiate Relapse Warning Signs A few ... 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 ...

    ... . And that's the good news. The bad news is opiate drugs also slow your breathing…and in case of an overdose, ... conduct additional studies and figure out how to block the lethal interaction. Ultimately, they hope to ... continue reading
  • Outlook on Opiate Abuse: There’s Good News and Bad News

    It's no secret that the abuse of prescription opioid painkillers, like OxyContin and Percocet , has reached epidemic levels in the United States. But a recently published study highlights a strange trend: Non-medical use of opiates has decreased, ...

    ... the rise in opioid misuse and disorders related to opiate abuse suggests more patients are progressing from prescribed opioid ... , like the opioid substitutes Methadone or Suboxone. Due to problems related to stigma and ... 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 ...

    ... our blog, Opiates, Overdose, and Permanent Brain Damage . Norco Long-term Effects The most notable long-term effect of Norco ... a medication such as buprenorphine (Suboxone(R)/Subutex(R)), along with medical supervision to ... 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 ...

    ... is helpful in achieving long-term sobriety from opiates. Withdrawal from opiates can be uncomfortable, ... : Naltrexone is a synthetic opioid antagonist, meaning it blocks opioid receptors in the brain. This drug works to ... 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 ...

    ... the drug in the long-term, the may be at higher risk for the following long-term effects: Impaired judgment. Sexual ... that is used to treat opioid dependence like Suboxone or Subutex . The residential setting of a ... continue reading
  • Snorting Percocet

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

    ... Percocet in larger amounts than intended. Using Percocet for longer than intended. Spending a lot of time trying to ... prescribed stabilizing medications such as buprenorphine or Suboxone, which can help you relieve cravings ... continue reading
  • Will These New Tools Help to Fight Opioid Addiction?

    With 78 Americans dying every day from opioid overdose, there's no question that our country is in the midst of an epidemic. But the good news is that there's hope on the horizon. Help is on the Way In May of this year, the U.S. Food and Drug ...

    ... changer” in the industry. Probuphine consists of four, one-inch long rods that are implanted under the skin in the upper arm ... , such as methadone and buprenorphine (Suboxone) to relieve withdrawal cravings for opioids ... 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, ...

    ... pressure, and other vital signs will be closely monitored and symptoms addressed as required. Sometimes the use of a medicine that blocks the effects of opioids, naloxone , may be administered 7 . Naloxone can quickly ... 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 ...

    ... commonly known are the endorphins (the others are the enkephalins and dynorphins). Endorphins bind to opiate receptors in the body, blocking pain. If you get hurt, your body will release endorphins to provide you with ... 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), ...

    ... opioid receptors in the central nervous system and blocks pain signals. So, what did change? Awareness ... use and abuse of this drug. Public awareness of this opiate must increase if we are to decrease the numbers at risk ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Painkillers Addict

    Help for Painkiller Addicts Addiction is characterized by compulsive use despite the knowledge that it's affecting your life in a myriad of negative ways. Painkillers are routinely prescribed in the United States for the management of pain , but not ...

    ... relapse . Medications may be used to manage your withdrawal. For example, methadone and Suboxone are options for opiate withdrawal. Once detox is complete, addiction treatment will begin in earnest. Effective treatment ... 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 ...

    ... treating other addictions too, including alcohol, Suboxone, Methadone, prescription painkillers , and ... and effective alternative for opiate addiction treatment . Additional Reading: Outlook on Opiate Abuse: There's Good ... continue reading
  • 7 Things to Know About Quitting Opioids

    Opioids are used by millions of Americans. It seems that every day a news article is being shared on television or the Internet about opioid misuse, addiction, and unfortunately, overdose. With new information emerging each year from research and ...

    ... you. Both methadone and buprenorphine (Suboxone, Subutex) are long-acting medications that are taken daily. ... a long-acting opioid antagonist that is used to prevent relapse . It produces no opioid effects and blocks the ... 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 ...

    ... analgesics, act on the central nervous systems to block or decrease pain sensitivity. 10 Others inhibit the formation ... decrease inflammation, as well as reduce fever. 12 Long-term use of certain NSAIDs can lead to side ... 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 heroin and prescription opioid withdrawal 2 . Block the euphoric effects of other opioid drugs 2 ... 6 . Using the same scale, oral consumption took 4 times longer (2 hours) to reach its maximum effect. When snorted, ... 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 ...

    ... with opiate ... acting, less euphoric range of effects that facilitate scheduled dosing and eventual tapering. Partial opioid agonists like buprenorphine (either as monotherapy, or in combination with naloxone as Suboxone ... 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 ...

    ... oxycodone user to stay abstinent and work toward long-term recovery both during and following treatment. Video: ... ” or “maintenance” medication like buprenorphine (Suboxone, Subutex) or methadone . These substances can ... 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 ...

    ... 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 misuse and ... 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, ...

    ... issues if you misuse them. 3, 4, 7, 11 Long-term use of opioids may also increase the risk for developing an ... brain chemistry, reduce cravings, improve safety, and block the effects of any opioids that are ingested. MAT ... 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 combination treatment drug known as Suboxone. The judicious administration of medication ... prefer a 30-, 60-, or 90-day program? Is a longer-term residential program appropriate for me? What methods of therapy (group, ... 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 ...

    ... administration) before the antidote takes effect 2 . Long-Term Effects of Abuse ACTIQ has some unique risks related ... subsided. Antagonists can attach to opioid receptors and block the effects of opioids and in doing so ... 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 ...

    ... in lasting brain damage and/or coma 3 . Long-term opioid abuse is also potentially linked to impaired 3 ... of 6 months. Another medication, naltrexone , will block the effects of opioids but should only be administered ... 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, ...

    ... morphine, then transformed into different forms of heroin. Synthetic opiates, on the other hand, are man-made in a ... of the same effects. The effects of methadone are long-lasting, working up to 24 hours per dose. It is ... 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 ...

    ... your health. Read on to learn how the human body reacts to abuse of opiates and heroin. A multitude of health consequences can accompany long-term opiate abuse, but many of the dangers are seen more acutely. Even a first ... 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 ...

    ... that people with prior addictions may be more likely to abuse tramadol . Overall, the problem of people abusing opiates and other pain relievers in the US is a major problem. For information on the larger aspects of pain ... 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 ...

    ... to stabilize individuals by reducing withdrawal symptoms and blocking the high from other opioids, thereby also ... a good treatment option for many people. It has a long record of success in opioid treatment and is one of ... continue reading
  • Yay or Nay: Is the Opioid Epidemic a Conspiracy?

    'Epidemic': Affecting a disproportionately large number of individuals within a population. Opioid Epidemic Statistics Each day, 2.1 million people in the U.S. abuse opioids. The CDC reports that 165,000 Americans died from prescription ...

    ... -term.” Of course, there are conflicting research results on the opposite side of the argument. Studies have shown that up to 40 percent of non-cancer patients on opiates show signs of addiction and that opiates aren't ... 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, ...

    ... /dependence . It is NOT intended for long-term use. Hydrocodone side effects can be severe ... cheap as $5-10. The CDC reports that those dependent on opiates are 40 times more likely to develop a problem with heroin. Signs ... 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 ...

    ... ? What types of treatments may be offered for specific substance abuse disorders? How long can treatment take? Should I Call an Opiate Hotline? If you are contemplating treatment for yourself or another person, getting ... 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 ...

    ... standard of pain relievers. Use can create a high that includes feelings of euphoria and reduced tension. As an opiate, it can addictive. This means that: The body develops a tolerance to the drug and as use continues ... 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 ...

    ... Breathing If you find someone who has overdosed on opiates , and is not breathing, it is critical ... with yours. Breathe out two short breaths, then one long breath every five seconds. Not only can rescue breathing save ... 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 ...

    ... 's only one thing to do; I just have to get more pills.” The Facts About Withdrawal If you take opiates (like oxycodone , tramadol , fentanyl or morphine ) every day for more than four weeks, there's a good possibility ... 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 ...

    ... Who Answers? to speak to someone about finding treatment for opiate addiction. The Hydrocodone Market More than 99% of hydrocodone ... medications, these prescriptions may no longer be refilled. All prescriptions must be ... 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 ...

    ... to other legal and illegal opioids. Also, like other opiate and opioid drugs, oxycodone is capable of delivering a powerful ... intensity that last for an extended period - as long as 12 hours - whereas drugs like OxyIR and ... continue reading
  • Dying to Get High: Half of 2014 U.S. Drug Deaths Caused By Opiates

    It's well-documented that heroin and prescription painkiller abuse are two of the biggest drug problems in the U.S., but a new report from the Drug Enforcement Administration highlights just how serious the problem is. Shocking Death Rate Chuck ...

    ... prescription drugs in 2013. Benzos were responsible for the other 7,000 deaths. The Hold of Opiates Findings released earlier this month by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also highlighted why prescription ... 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 ...

    ... , opioid addiction in individuals who abuse the drug. Long-time users who stop taking oxycodone suddenly often suffer from classic symptoms of opiate withdrawal. Oxycodone has been recognized for its abuse potential ... 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 ...

    ... known that long-term use of opioids leads to physical dependence . However, the side of opiate addiction ... prisons don't have the systems in place to handle opiate withdrawal. The U.S. has the largest prison population ... 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 ...

    ... drug will mostly likely feel: Euphoria. Decreased awareness of pain. Drowsiness. Confusion. Nausea and vomiting. The intensity of an opiate or opioid high is influenced not only by the drug dosage , but by the method of ... 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 ...

    ... 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 treatment : Inpatient rehab centers. Outpatient ... 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 ... How to Intervene During an Overdose. Lortab Long-term Effects In addition to the potentially damaging ... 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
  • 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 ...

    ... is the tolerance to opiates like codeine can increase quickly, which increases the user's demand for the drug. Often, in an attempt to feel the same high when the prescription drug source is no longer available (or too ... 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 . ...

    ... remains in the body for a longer time, withdrawal symptoms may not begin for as long as 30 hours after the last ... This substance is an opioid antagonist that works to block the effects of opioids in the body. Naltrexone is ... 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 ...

    ... coma, and death. Some opioids like buprenorphine (Suboxone) are partial opioid agonists and have a ceiling ... in some cases be long-lasting. Dangers include coma and permanent brain damage . 7 Long-term opioid use may also ... 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 ...

    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 ... 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 ...

    ... on the street becomes too costly. For those who think the opiate epidemic is much ado about nothing, let's have a ... improving physical healing and relieving pain long-term. Massage, Acupuncture and Chiropractic Care Some ... continue reading
  • Ultram Abuse

    What Is Ultram? Abuse of Ultram is rising, with many users taking excessive doses in order to simulate the euphoric effects of other stronger opiates. Ultram, the trade name for tramadol, is a synthetic opiate pain reliever prescribed for moderate ...

    ... order to simulate the euphoric effects of other stronger opiates . The Risk of Ultram Addiction The risk of ... someone takes Ultram on a recreational basis for a long period of time, they will typically begin to experience ... 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 ...

    ... -term success. If medically assisted treatment is recommended, individuals may be administered medications to help manage opiate dependence like methadone or buprenorphine. These substances work to relieve cravings and ... 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 ...

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

    ... of hydrocodone than prescribed, take it for a longer period than recommended, or take it more often throughout ... , hydrocodone abuse remains high relative to the other opiates. In fact: The MTF survey found that lifetime ... 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 ...

    ... drug no matter how hard you try. It's no longer about controlling the pain; OxyContin abuse or addiction is ... the right direction. Related Articles: Why are Prescription Opiates So Addictive? To share your story or talk ... 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 ...

    ... last 25 years in prescriptions of oxycodone for long-term use in patients with chronic pain. This growth ... same effect increases over time. As the abuse of opiates has increased in recent years, so have emergency room ... 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 ...

    ... by non-opioid pain relievers. As a potent semi-synthetic opiate derived from morphine 2 , Roxicodone produces effects similar to ... . About 25% of people prescribed opioids long-term for non-cancer pain will become addicted. ... 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 ...

    ... Control and Prevention, as many as 1 in 4 patients receiving long-term opioid treatment struggles with opioid addiction. 4 Opiates and Dopamine Opiates initiate the release of a cascade of dopamine in the brain, which ... 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 ...

    ... negative consequences. According to the CDC , in 2014, more than 2 million people in the US abused opiates . Many of these individuals exhibit behaviors or have mental health issues that are risk factors for opioid abuse ... continue reading
  • The Effects of OxyContin Use

    Is OxyContin Harmful? OxyContin is an opiate that is often prescribed for moderate to strong post-surgical pain or more chronic pain situations. Prescription rates are high in the United States. The drug is comprised of oxycodone— a substance that ...

    ... the influence of the medication. Pinpoint (constricted) pupils. Constipation (a telltale sign of opiate abuse). Long-Term Effects of OxyContin Opiates may have severe effects on the brain and body, and OxyContin is no ... 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, ...

    ... (an opiate) and acetaminophen, for the relief of moderate to severe pain. It works by blocking pain receptors ... after reducing your dose even slightly or waiting a bit longer to take your next dose. Because of this, many ... 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 ...

    ... generally similar to the side effects for other opiate analgesics and may include: Nausea and vomiting. ... Some of the indirect health problems associated with the long-term use or abuse of these drugs include: Swelling in ... 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 ...

    ... as half of heroin users begin their drug abuse with another opiate like Vicodin before moving to heroin. If you're worried ... and other vital organs . Other outcomes from long-term abuse of the drug include: Rebound pain ... 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, ...

    ... overdose can lead to coma or death . Long-term Effects of Morphine The main risk associated with long-term use of morphine is the development of addiction. Opiate addiction can ravage your life and that of your loved ... 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, ...

    ... tolerance resets. This means your body can no longer tolerate the high levels it had once become accustomed ... called naloxone may be administered 6 . Naloxone blocks opioid receptors to instantly stop opioid effects, ... 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 ...

    ... opiate withdrawal and cravings. Medications used as part of MAT may include: Methadone — A long-acting ... good. Naltrexone — A synthetic opioid antagonist that blocks the euphoric effects of opioids. When taken diligently ... continue reading
  • How to Help an Ultram Addict

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

    ... It acts, in part, by binding to central nervous system opiate receptors to alter the perception of pain in the brain. ... headaches. Multiple sclerosis. Unfortunately, when used long-term, the body will began to develop a ... 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 ...

    ... is a popular drug amongst opiate addicts because: It contains the opiate hydrocodone. It is relatively easy ... a core role in whether adolescents abuse it. Heroin has long held the crown as the scariest drug on the market, ... 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 ...

    ... early as possible to get prompt medical help and prevent long-term damage or even death. Symptoms of a hydrocodone overdose ... require the use of naloxone , which blocks opioid receptors to immediately stop the effects of ... 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 ...

    ... away, tell them the situation, and try to stay conscious as long as you can until they arrive. If you are able, remain ... of naloxone , which is a medication that blocks opioid receptors and can quickly stop some 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 ...

    ... 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
  • 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 ...

    ... Action: How to Intervene During an Overdose . Long-Term Dangers Over time, oxycodone can have many different effects ... These medications may include: 6 Naltrexone: Blocks the activation of opioid receptors to decreases ... 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, ...

    ... a key late-stage study. A Breakthrough or Just Another Opiate? The drug - tentatively known as NKTR-181 - is as effective as existing long-acting opioids, according to Chief Scientific Officer Dr. Stephen Doberstein, yet ... 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 ...

    ... tolerance to a drug builds , the substance may no longer produce the strong effects it once did. People with a ... types of medications can benefit those in recovery by blocking the effects of opioids (to deter future use) ... 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 ...

    ... build the skills you need to stay clean in the long-term. [i] If pain management was the reason you began ... V., Pai, L., & Cho, L. M. (2008). Opiates and elderly: Use and side effects. Clinical Interventions in Aging , 3 ... 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 ...

    ... combine DXM with other drug s such as stimulants, opiates and/or alcohol . For example, mixing DXM with ... emergency treatment immediately. Long-term Effects of Dextromethorphan The long-term effects of Dextromethorphan are ... 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 ...

    ... . However, with its tightly-controlled dosing and longer-acting effects, it can be given without the risk ... and cravings. Naltrexone —This substance works by blocking the effects of Roxicodone, reducing the temptation to ... 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 ...

    ... over time. Repeated failed attempts to quit. Spending long amounts of time acquiring, using, or recovering from ... drugs are safer than illegal “hard” drugs, like the opiate heroin , or cocaine. An article in the Journal of ... 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 ...

    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 ... 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 ...

    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. ... 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 ...

    ... OxyContin may not be the epidemic's drug of choice any longer, there are a select number of drugs poised to be ... You Need to Know Interacting with the brain's opiate receptors, much like morphine or heroin , Opana, ... 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 ...

    ... relieve pain quickly, and its effects don't last long. Users of fentanyl may experience a state of euphoria ... up to a year when treating severe cases, which opiate addiction tends to be. 12-step programs offer lifetime ... continue reading
  • How Similar are Heroin and Prescription Opioids?

    Heroin is an illicit street drug that produces a drowsy, euphoric high. Prescription opioids are legal medications prescribed by doctors to treat pain. Both heroin and prescription painkillers belong to the family of drugs known as opioids, which ...

    Heroin is an illicit street drug that produces a drowsy, euphoric high. Prescription opioids are legal medications prescribed by doctors to treat pain. Both heroin and prescription painkillers belong to the family of ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

    ... similar to those associated with other types of opiate withdrawal. Tramadol withdrawal is often marked by ... withdrawal involves symptoms that continue for a period longer than the expected timeframe . Protracted withdrawal ... 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 ...

    ... abuse, continued use of Actiq can lead to tolerance. 2,11 When tolerance has developed, the medication can no longer produce the same effects in the user at the same dose, which can drive the individual to take more. 12 ... 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 ...

    ... use carries significant, inherent risk for abuse and addiction development. Because methadone is a longer-acting, relatively less potent opiate, it's unable to elicit quite as intense an effect profile as that of heroin ... 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 ...

    ... 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. According to the DSM ... 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 ...

    ... restore your quality of life. Regardless of how long you've taken tramadol, getting the proper treatment ... moderately severe pain. The medication is considered an opiate agonist, which works by changing the way your brain ... 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 ...

    ... but it was too late. The Horror that is Opiate Addiction Opioid overdose deaths have become an epidemic across the ... kits are a tool meant to keep people alive long enough to get them the treatment they desperately need ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Norco Addict

    Help for Norco Addicts Hear from others who have loved ones facing addiction. Norco is an opiate prescription medication commonly used to provide relief from moderate to severe symptoms of pain, such as that which accompanies dental work or surgery. ...

    ... , and usually depends on two major factors: How long the individual has struggled with the addiction. How much ... completion. Call Our Hotline Today Recovery from opiate addiction is not easily done alone. There are ... 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, ...

    ... grown tolerant to a therapeutic dose of some other opiate) . Any person who uses fentanyl and doesn't ... to Intervene During an Overdose. Long-term Effects of Fentanyl Some long-term psychosocial effects of Fentanyl abuse ... 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 ...

    ... effects in those who abuse it. It is an opiate analgesic, and one of many commonly used narcotic painkillers ... break down slowly in the digestive system to provide long-lasting pain relief. By breaking the tablets open or ... 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 ...

    ... injury from trauma (falls, automobile accidents), non-fatal opiate overdose can damage the body in several ways, including ... counseling , drug-avoidance training, and long-term recovery strategies. Inpatient care provides ... 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 ...

    ... . It also applies to individuals that use a drug when the problem it was initially prescribed for no longer requires its intended purpose. For people that suffer from addiction to the drug, do not abruptly stop using ... 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 ...

    ... achieve abstinence and sustain recovery. Aftercare planning and relapse prevention skills will prove helpful to long-term recovery when a formal rehabilitation period comes to an end. Many people in recovery continue ... continue reading
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