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  • Yay or Nay: Is the Opioid Epidemic a Conspiracy?

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

    ... 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 an effective method of treating chronic pain . Another major push from drug makers ... 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 ...

    ... psychological dependence gets worse. The Withdrawal-Addiction Cycle While opiate withdrawal certainly isn't pleasant, it is temporary and its symptoms can be managed. What are some of the physical withdrawal symptoms you ... 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
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  • 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 ...

    ... . But for non-emergency issues, you can reach via several other opiate addiction help numbers for information about opioid use and opioid addiction treatment resources. Covenant House Teen Hotline : This organization has ... 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 ...

    ... is essential to understand the risks involved with an overdose. How An Overdose Causes Brain Damage Opiates and opioids (heroin, morphine, OxyContin, Fentanyl) are depressants, meaning the drugs slow down your breathing ... 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 ...

    ... relapse 2 . The study also found that at least 59% of those who had an opiate relapse would do so within the first week of sobriety, and 80% would relapse within a month after discharging from a detox program 2 . Worried ... 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, ...

    ... 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 and codeine. Heroin, for example, is made from the ... 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), ...

    ... due to its drug classification. Then things sort of fell apart. Did the drug change? No; tramadol was and has always been an opiate - so why the sudden turn-about? Digging for the Truth The DEA defines tramadol as a ... 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 ...

    ... as: Cramping. Nausea. Fever. Runny nose. Sweating. Diarrhea. Cravings. What Are the Signs of Addiction? The main symptom of opiate abuse and addiction is that you keep taking the drug no matter what. The main symptom of ... 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” ...

    ... increase significantly with higher doses. Video: The Deadly Truth About Opiates Methods of Use and the Effects of Prescription Opiates Those who abuse opiate painkillers typically begin by taking the drugs orally but may ... 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, ...

    ... can come as cheap as $5-10. The CDC reports that those dependent on opiates are 40 times more likely to develop a problem with heroin. Signs and Symptoms It's important to know what to look for when you suspect you or ... 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 ...

    ... large number of people are sent to jail because of illicit drugs, including opiates. 11 So what happens if you are physically dependent on opiates, get arrested, and then you're sent to jail? One survey found that out of ... 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 ...

    ... make you feel much calmer, offering up a bonus anti-depressing effect. And that's the good news. The bad news is opiate drugs also slow your breathing…and in case of an overdose, your breathing is slowed to a virtually ... 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 ...

    ... 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 opioid abuse remains arguably the ... 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, ...

    ... key late-stage study. A Breakthrough or Just Another Opiate? The drug - tentatively known as NKTR-181 ... NKTR-181 isn't yet approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA), the company plans to discuss its next ... 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 ...

    ... later stages of withdrawal can place the individual at risk of self-injury or suicide. Signs and Symptoms Opiate withdrawal symptoms grow and change over time. Early symptoms may include 1,2,5 : Watery eyes. Runny nose ... 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 ...

    ... a person perceives pain, effectively diminishing the pain signal sent from the body to the brain. In essence, opiate and opioid drugs don't make your pain go away, they just change the experience of pain. Fentanyl is a ... 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 ...

    ... 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 means it does have the potential to be harmful, but this drug usually ... 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
  • 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 ...

    ... overdose. Respiratory depression is a characteristic, dose-dependent response to the use of opiates like heroin and, in a similar manner, the prescription opioid painkillers —when severe, it can result in an inadequate ... 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 ...

    ... manufactured in 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 ... 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 ...

    ... Abuse 1. Hydrocodone has a slower progression to tolerance than other opiates making it more difficult for people to realize they are addicted, and therefore slower to seek treatment. 2. Regular use of hydrocodone will ... 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 ...

    ... 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 ... 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 ...

    ... effects. Addiction Treatment Due to the serious symptoms that come with morphine addiction and withdrawal, and the fact that opiate addiction is very hard for many people to overcome on their own, some form of treatment ... 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 ...

    ... If 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 programs and how to find the best treatment option for your situation. Lortab Short-term ... 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 ...

    ... overdose situations. Note that one of the main symptoms of morphine abuse is constipation . Morpine and other opiates slow the normal movement of the digestive tract. A serious complication of morphine abuse is depressed ... 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 ...

    ... 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 ... 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 ...

    ... (FDA) first approved tramadol for use in the US in 1994. Results from animal and human studies indicated that tramadol was less addictive than other opiates, so it was classified as a non-scheduled drug . This meant that ... 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 ...

    ... contains acetaminophen which, taken in high doses, can 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 ... 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 ...

    ... a synthetic opiate pain reliever prescribed for moderate to severe pain. It can be habit-forming and can ... , it's important to check for the signals of substance use and abuse in your child. If you see any of the signs ... 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 ...

    ... similarly to more commonly well-known drugs like heroin and morphine , both of which can rapidly lead to addiction. Like other opiates, it interacts with the body's opiate receptors, which are the parts of the brain that ... 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 ...

    ... . Lead to mental health problems. In the above cases, someone with an opiate addiction will commit more time, effort, and resources to obtaining and using the desired drug. This will leave fewer resources to manage the ... 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 ...

    ... painkillers that are most often prescribed to control moderate to severe pain. As an opiate drug, it is in the same family as morphine and oxycodone; like many other opioid substances, it has a high potential to lead to ... 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 ...

    ... 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 creates feelings of pleasure ... 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 ...

    ... are a number of other behavioral signals that may be red flags for abuse and addiction to this prescription opiate. A major sign of opiate abuse is taking more of the prescription than directed by a physician. If someone ... 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 ...

    ... OxyContin addiction doesn't have to be a life sentence , and you can take the first step to stop it today . ... 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 ...

    ... (Percocet) or as extended release tablets (OxyContin) . In the past, oxycodone and other opiate drugs were prescribed sparingly, and mainly for short-term pain. However, changes to government recommendations ... 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 ...

    ... on either 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 ... 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 ...

    ... these statistics from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention 8 : In 2014, more than ... and More Information For more information, see the following articles: The Effects of Opiates on the Body How to Help an Opiates ... 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, ...

    ... in a report accompanying the study. At the same time, however, the rise in opioid misuse and disorders related to opiate abuse suggests more patients are progressing from prescribed opioid use to frequent use or misuse ... 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 ...

    ... about someone you love? Visit our Forum today to connect with others and find support. Short-Term Effects of OxyContin OxyContin is an opiate painkiller. Drugs of this sort change the way a person perceives pain ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Vicodin Use

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

    ... the drug will lead to effects that are similar to other opiates like morphine and heroin. All opiate effects are achieved when the substance enters the body and connects to opioid receptors . These receptors are located ... 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, ...

    ... 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 ones. Morphine addiction can cause you to: Lose interest in family ... 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 ...

    ... II. Place mandates on prescriptions in order to curb abuse and dependency. Norco is a popular drug amongst opiate addicts because: It contains the opiate hydrocodone. It is relatively easy to obtain - for example ... 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 ...

    ... The side effects are generally similar to the side effects for other opiate analgesics and may include: Nausea and vomiting. Dry mouth. Constricted pupillary diameter. Loss of appetite. Shallow breathing. Dizziness ... 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 ...

    ... Way In May of this year, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved Probuphine, the first buprenorphine implant ... 's Another Option The second option for fighting opiate addiction comes in the form of a vaccine. ... 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 ...

    ... people refer to painkillers, they are speaking about opioid or opiate pain medications . These substances derive from opioid alkaloids found in the opium poppy, and their mechanism of action is similar to that of heroin ... 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 ...

    ... , so quitting can be difficult to do alone. Treatment for addiction to Ultram and other opiates can help the user recover and may include one or more of the following: Ultram detox. Outpatient recovery options, including ... 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 ...

    ... Abuse The physical symptoms of methadone abuse are similar to those of other opiates and include: Nausea and vomiting. Sweating. Constricted pupils. Constipation. Increased pain. Slowed breathing. While methadone is ... 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 ...

    ... 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 act upon particular receptors ... 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 ...

    ... it. Oxycodone is a semisynthetic opioid derived from an opiate alkaloid precursor. The opioid component of Percocet is capable of inducing euphoric and sedating effects, especially when misused. Oxycodone has been shown ... 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 ...

    ... Prescribing Opioids to Older Adults: A Guide to Choosing and Switching Among Them. 5 Chau, D. L., Walker, V., Pai, L., & Cho, L. M. (2008). Opiates and elderly: Use and side effects. Clinical Interventions in Aging , 3 ... 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 ...

    ... 't given Ibogaine its seal of approval. Further research and future regulations will determine if this drug will provide a safe and effective alternative for opiate addiction treatment . Additional Reading: Outlook on ... 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 ...

    ... DXM use tend to come when users intentionally combine DXM with other drug s such as stimulants, opiates and/or alcohol . For example, mixing DXM with amphetamines or cocaine can cause a dangerous rise in blood pressure ... 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 ...

    ... of heroin and other opiates. Abuse of the drug can be dangerous and potentially fatal. Overdose and death can occur ... pain medications to get high in the last year, and that roughly 6% of those teenagers had abused them ... 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 ...

    ... later, sales of OxyContin ballooned to $3.1 billion and the incredibly powerful drug accounted for a whopping 30 ... You Need to Know Interacting with the brain's opiate receptors, much like morphine or heroin , Opana, ... continue reading
  • Naloxone Kits: Are Pharmacies Set to Combat Opiate Overdoses?

    Mike was at his apartment and using heroin with a group of friends. Since Mike's regular dealer was out of town, he'd picked up the batch from someone different. After shooting up, Mike immediately noticed a difference in the way he felt. Something ...

    ... to pick it up at a pharmacy. His friends frantically called 911 and paramedics rushed to the scene, but it was too late. The Horror that is Opiate Addiction Opioid overdose deaths have become an epidemic across the U.S ... 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 ...

    ... . For people that suffer from addiction to the drug, do not abruptly stop using the drug as withdrawal will occur and is very dangerous to manage without medical help. Call 1-888-744-0069 Who Answers? for a referral to a ... continue reading
  • Does Opioid Addiction Cause Sexual Dysfunction in Men?

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

    ... of the Post Graduate Institute of Medical Education and Research in Chandigarh. One-hundred-fifty men in ... were addicted to opioids for at least a year and 50 healthy participants with no addiction history. After surveying ... 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 ...

    ... Behaviors, marking the first time researchers were able to establish a connection between a patient's positive mood and lower-than-usual drug cravings. The Importance of Getting Some ZZZ's When you think about it, these ... 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 ...

    ... moderately severe pain. The medication is considered an opiate agonist, which works by changing the way your brain and nervous system sense pain. It comes in tablet form and an extended release capsule. According to the ... 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, ...

    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 ... 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. ...

    ... combining the following drugs: Hydrocodone - Similar to codeine, this drug is an opiate narcotic analgesic (pain reliever) and antitussive (cough suppressant). Acetaminophen - This drug is an anti-pyretic (fever reducing ... 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 ...

    ... rehab centers are an effective way to treat fentanyl abuse. However, opiate dependency is a tenacious condition with a high relapse rate and not all treatment centers are equipped to handle fentanyl addiction. Before ... 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, ...

    ... opioid-tolerant patients (those already having grown tolerant to a therapeutic dose of some other opiate) . Any person who uses fentanyl and doesn't have an opioid tolerance is risking his health. In other words, a first ... 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 ...

    ... criteria for abuse or dependence on using the drugs . Overdoses from opiate painkillers quadrupled between 1999 and 2007. Teen Abuse Prescription opiate painkillers are one of the most frequently abused classes of drugs ... 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 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 ...

    ... you the flexibility to get treatment while managing your daily responsibilities. Is Methadone Addictive? Methadone is an opiate and, like many drugs in this class, its use carries significant, inherent risk for abuse ... 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 ...

    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 ... 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 ...

    ... from tramadol. Effects of withdrawal from tramadol overlap with both opiate and anti-depressant withdrawal syndromes and include: Gastrointestinal pain. Depression. Agitation. Diarrhea. Numbness in the extremities ... 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 ...

    ... Orleans, noted, “What we're seeing is that the use of methamphetamines has recently moved out of trailer parks and rural areas and into inner cities…It used to be the only way we got meth patients was when they came to ... 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 ...

    ... . If you are able, remain sitting upright, but if this is not an option, lay down on your side and wait for emergency crew to escort you to the hospital for more extensive treatment. Once medical care arrives, the person ... 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 ...

    ... deaths in the United States. Over 28,400 of the overdose deaths in 2017 were related to fentanyl and/or other synthetic narcotics (excluding methadone). 8 What is Fentanyl Misuse? Fentanyl misuse includes: 5,7 Taking the ... 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 ...

    ... help. Video: 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 ... 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, ...

    ... that tramadol abuse may be more likely in people who have a personal or family history of substance abuse and/or mental illness. 3, 5 Symptoms of Tramadol Overdose It is possible to overdose on tramadol, though it does ... 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 ...

    ... drug (a sign of tolerance)? Have you ever referred to Vicodin as your favorite drug? Do you feel uncomfortable and odd without the substance? This is a sign of dependence. Do you feel muscle aches when you stop taking ... 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 ...

    ... of your opioid addiction, treatment may include medication-assisted treatment (MAT) for the management of opiate withdrawal and cravings. Medications used as part of MAT may include: Methadone — A long-acting synthetic ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Codeine Addict

    Helping someone overcome an addiction is sometimes an arduous process, and recovery won't happen overnight. Addiction treatment takes time and often imposes stresses on both the abuser and the ones they love. While it may prove difficult, ...

    ... . Is Codeine Addictive? Codeine is an opiate narcotic pain reliever. The Drug Enforcement Administration ... initial dose of the medication no longer “works”, and repeated or more frequent doses of the codeine are required ... 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, ...

    ... known as building a tolerance to oxycodone's effects, and it often leads to dose levels that are much ... If You Overdose on Oxycodone Calling 911 is the first and most important step to take if an overdose is suspected ... 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 ...

    ... recovering users build a social network of sober support. Hydrocodone overdose is a very serious risk that comes with abuse, and there's no better time to seek help than right now. Call us at 1-888-744-0069 Who Answers ... 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 ...

    ... , wherein the user simply stops breathing. In addition to loss of life and injury from trauma (falls, automobile accidents), non-fatal opiate overdose can damage the body in several ways, including 6 : Anoxic brain ... 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, ...

    ... of a tolerance , meaning the user will need more and more of the drug to get the desired effects. ... prescription with someone who does not have a doctor's recommendation and never take it in a way other than intended. What ... 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 ...

    ... opiate alkaloid precursors 2 . When heroin is ingested, it enters the brain, where it is converted back to morphine, and ... is implanted into the skin of the upper arm and delivers the medication steadily for up to 6 months ... 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 ...

    ... from codeine) 2 . Hydrocodone interacts with opiate receptors throughout the central nervous system (CNS ... directly into the bloodstream , but it will be quicker and more powerful than oral consumption 5 . When Vicodin is ... 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 ...

    ... 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
  • 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 ...

    ... 12th graders reported using narcotics other than heroin in the past month. 1.7% of 12th graders, 1.1% of 10th graders, and 0.6% of 8th graders reported using Vicodin in the past year. 2.3% of 12th graders, 2.2% of 10th ... 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 ...

    ... effects of Oxycodone so that you can talk with them from a place of improved understanding about the drug and its effects. When you finally decide to bring up the topic, make sure to use compassionate language that does ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Ultram Use

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

    ... Dangerous? Tramadol was initially hailed as a safer pain treatment option - less potent than more typical opiate painkillers and, as a result, having a lower abuse potential. However, the longer the drug is on the market ... 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 ...

    ... 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 ... 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 ...

    ... doctor's recommendation or guideline for use. When a person abuses Vicodin, they may begin to notice that they need more and more of the drug in order to get the same effects. This is known as developing a tolerance to a ... 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 ...

    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— ... continue reading
  • Snorting Fentanyl

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

    ... of pain by acting on opioid receptors in the brain and body 2 . Fentanyl is one of the most potent ... . Fentanyl is up to 100 times more powerful than morphine , an opiate that is addictive in its own right 1,3 . In recent ... 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, ...

    ... time, the desire to snort tramadol may become as strong as the urge for food, water, sex, and love 5,6,7 . Sinus and Nasal Cavity Damage In addition to the typical side effects of tramadol, snorting it also leads to a ... 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 ...

    ... last longer but provide a less euphoric influence. Effects with a faster onset (such as those achieved by snorting and injecting) come on strong, but in many cases, they will last for a shorter amount of time. The act ... 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) ...

    ... proportions in the United States. Consider that 2,4 : Pain relievers are the most abused drugs after marijuana and hashish. In 2014, 4.3 million people in the U.S. admitted using painkillers non-medically. In a 2011 ... 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 ...

    ... types of opiate withdrawal. Tramadol withdrawal is often marked by flu-like symptoms and strong cravings ... have a theme of persecution 7 . The user's safety and those around them may be at risk in these situations. ... 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 ...

    ... longer be as effective at the same dose. When this occurs, people usually have to increase the frequency and/or amount of the drug taken to achieve the desired effect. The repeated increase in doses of Tussionex used can ... 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 ...

    ... if they are using Actiq appropriately, if they are using the substance alone or in combination with other drugs, and/or if their changes are due in part to the presence of a mental health condition. The list provided in ... 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 ...

    ... prescription medicines. 10,11 It helps with all types of pain—including headache, muscle aches, sore throats, and fever—and is often used for mild to moderate pain. 11 Acetaminophen poses a threat to those who drink more ... 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 ...

    ... Act, meaning that it has a currently accepted medical use, but also has a high potential for abuse, and may lead to severe psychological or physical dependence. 3 In its various formulations, oxycodone is available as an ... continue reading
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