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  • How to Help a Heroin Addict

    More than 590,000 people had a heroin use disorder in the U.S. in 2015, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. If you or someone you love is addicted to heroin, you're not alone, and there is help available. Approaching Someone About ...

    ... at least once. Heroin is an extremely addictive opiate due to how rapidly it enters the brain. It ... withdrawal include: Restlessness. Insomnia. Cold flashes. Leg movements. Muscle pain. Vomiting. Diarrhea. These withdrawal ... continue reading
  • Snorting Heroin

    Heroin is a highly addictive Schedule I controlled drug. Heroin has a long history—it was first synthesized (as diacetylmorphine) in 1874 from morphine. Paradoxically, heroin was originally marketed as a safer and non-addictive form of morphine. ...

    ... molecular modification of morphine, is more lipid soluble than its opiate precursor and, as such, has a more direct route ... one may have a substance use problem. Heroin Withdrawal When you've been snorting heroin for any ... continue reading
  • Heroin Abuse

    About Heroin Abuse What Is Heroin? Heroin use is increasing across new demographics. Learn more about this disturbing trend. Heroin is a substance that is both illegal and extremely addictive . The substance derives from opium from the poppy plant ...

    ... feeling. A heavy, slowed feeling in the arms and legs. An increased sense of well-being and confidence. What ... dependent on the substance and enduring withdrawal effects. Opiate Overdose Perhaps the most serious effect ... continue reading
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  • Chicken vs. Egg: Which Came First, Heroin or OxyContin Addiction?

    For centuries, people have debated one age old question: which came first, the chicken or the egg? While both sides of this argument have their valid points, the question itself has evolved, making its way into other areas of society, including the ...

    ... painkillers. And that's why we are seeing opiate-related death and addiction rise to epidemic proportions that ... pills per day no longer keeps the debilitating withdrawal symptoms at bay. Patients find themselves taking ... continue reading
  • Why Is Heroin So Addictive?

    Despite its dangers and reputation for harm, use of heroin continues to climb higher in the US. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC): Rates of heroin use have increased across gender, socioeconomic status, age group, ...

    ... pain. Sweating. Inability to sleep. Irritability. Agitation. Increased anxiety. Higher stress levels. Drug cravings. Due to the intensity of symptoms and the duration of withdrawal ... used to reverse opiate overdose In ... continue reading
  • Heroin History and Statistics

    History Heroin is a powerful opiate narcotic that has no legal medical use in the US. Outside of the US, pharmaceutical grade heroin is still produced for limited therapeutic use. It is occasionally prescribed for severe pain in countries such as ...

    ... pain in countries such as the United Kingdom. Other names include: Diacetylmorphine. Morphine diacetate. Diamorphine. FAQ: Is heroin an opiate ... who stopped taking it experienced withdrawal symptoms more severe than those ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Heroin Use

    Is Heroin Harmful? Continued use of heroin can bring devastation to both physical and mental health, and is likely to culminate in a number of social and legal ramifications for the user. Heroin is the name for a modified version of morphine that is ...

    ... the system, but the most common immediate analgesic (pain-relieving) and central nervous system depressant effects are: A ... . Heroin Assessment Test Heroin Withdrawal Treatment Since withdrawal from heroin can be extremely ... continue reading
  • Heroin Withdrawal

    Heroin is an illicitly manufactured opioid drug and morphine derivative. Both the pain-relieving and pleasurable properties of heroin are initiated through the drug's interaction with opioid receptors in the brain. It is most often distributed on ...

    ... heroin can relieve pain, reduce anxiety and create a sense of euphoria. The acute withdrawal syndrome associated with ... used in the longer-term to discourage opiate abuse by blocking the pleasurable sensations associated ... continue reading
  • Heroin Overdose

    Heroin is one of the most common, addictive, and lethal drugs in the world. A morphine derivative, heroin is sold illegally in the form of white or brown powder, or a sticky black substance known as “black tar heroin”. In its various forms, ...

    ... belongs to a class of drug called opiates, which are central nervous system depressants. Central ... treatment is finding safe and effective detox . Heroin withdrawal is not likely to be physically dangerous; however, ... continue reading
  • Heroin Use Increasing Across New Demographics, Study Finds

    The face of heroin in the US is changing. As the drug becomes more commonly abused among new racial, geographic and socioeconomic groups, the profile of those users is also evolving. The change is, in part, because heroin is becoming more ...

    ... fact, an estimated 5.1 million Americans are currently abusing pain pills, as compared to 0.3 million Americans who ... late, going into effect long after they were hooked on opiates . As a result, heroin is now impacting a ... continue reading
  • DEA Finally Acknowledges the Heroin Epidemic

    According to recent statistics gathered during a detailed research investigation - a project aptly dubbed The National Heroin Threat Assessment - the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administrations (DEA) reports that the availability and abuse of heroin is ...

    ... snorting. The Unintended Fallout With all the opiate pill reformulations and stricter prescription drug policies, ... cases, is now cheaper and easier to obtain than opiate pain pills ever were. In 2013, a report by SAMHSA ... continue reading
  • Can You Get Addicted to Heroin After the First Use?

    Trying heroin can set into motion a pattern of use that can be dangerous and deadly. Heroin has the reputation of being one of the most addictive illicit drugs. Many government and academic institutions all report that heroin is either very ...

    ... is derived from morphine , which is the active opiate alkaloid compound found in the opium poppy plant. ... pattern of seeking a high turns to a pattern of withdrawal avoidance, a key indicator of addiction. When you've ... continue reading
  • Gray Death: The New Killer on the Street

    While heroin adulterated with fentanyl has been in the news in recent years and the risks are well-known, there is a new danger on the streets, and it's even deadlier. It is a frighteningly powerful combination of heroin and synthetic opioids known ...

    ... When you combine these drugs with an already potent opiate like heroin, the risks skyrocket. “Gray death” ... breathing. 1 Fentanyl. Primarily used to manage cancer pain, fentanyl is extremely powerful. It is 100 times ... continue reading
  • Why Is Heroin So Deadly Today?

    For more than a century, heroin has been a dangerous drug of abuse . For years, people have been attracted to the substance's ability to produce a relatively inexpensive, rapid-onset, and intensely euphoric high 1,2 . While the drug's high holds a ...

    ... with a prescription and used in the treatment of severe pain such as that which is related to cancer 6 . ... continued abuse, and others will help to manage withdrawal and cravings by eliciting similar opioid effects in a ... continue reading
  • Record-Breaking Number of Overdoses Traced Back to Bad Heroin

    A dangerous batch of heroin circulating throughout the city of Chicago has caused a record-breaking 74 overdoses in the span of just three days. When the numbers began to climb at such an astonishing rate, medical professionals began to suspect a ...

    ... times more powerful than morphine. Combined with heroin, it's a concoction that can be deadly. As an opiate, fentanyl produces a state of relaxation or euphoria. It is often used an as anesthetic and depresses, or slows ... continue reading
  • Heroin’s Effects on Pregnancy

    Heroin is an illegal and highly addictive substance that may be injected, smoked, or snorted. This powerful opiate drug can easily harm any user, and it can cause numerous problems for a pregnant mother and her developing baby. Unfortunately, heroin ...

    Heroin is an illegal and highly addictive substance that may be injected, smoked, or snorted. This powerful opiate drug can easily harm any user, and it can cause numerous problems for a pregnant mother and her ... continue reading
  • Heroin's Death Toll Hits an All-Time High in New York

    New York City has a serious heroin problem on their hands and new data released by the city's Department of Health and Mental Hygiene reveals just how deep the issue goes. In fact, more people died from unintentional heroin overdoses in New York ...

    ... NYC police officers are being armed with portable pocket-size devices that inject naloxone. Known as the opiate antidote, naloxone saves lives by reversing the effects of heroin. Learn more about the dangers of heroin ... continue reading
  • Occasional IV Heroin Abuse Worsens HIV Symptoms

    It's common knowledge that injecting drugs like heroin poses a huge risk for transmission of the HIV virus. In fact, around 30 percent of all HIV infections worldwide (outside sub-Saharan and African areas) occur through this method. But a new study ...

    ... first signs of HIV infection Diarrhea Weight loss Cough Shortness of breath “Our findings suggest that heroin withdrawal may be particularly harmful to the immune system, as measured by CD4 cell count,” said Edelman. Her ... continue reading
  • Relapsed on Heroin? 5 Ways to Regroup and Refocus on Recovery

    You've worked hard to build a new life. Brick by heavy brick, you laid the foundation for a life of sobriety . You were happily on the path to recovery, but somewhere along the way you got off course. You relapsed on heroin. It might feel like ...

    ... . And don't wait around; seek support immediately after a relapse to redirect and rebuild your recovery. Additional Reading: Here's a Simple Way to Decrease Opiate Cravings Image Source: iStock/DeathToTheStockPhoto continue reading
  • Heroin Relapse

    Heroin Relapse is Common Anyone can develop a heroin addiction—it's not limited to a specific demographic—but once you develop an addiction, it can be difficult to overcome. Heroin addiction is very powerful and, because of its interaction with ...

    ... often high. One study examined heroin relapse rates among participants who were discharged after successfully completing an opiate detox program. Of them, 91% reported a relapse , 59% of which occurred within 1 week of ... continue reading
  • It’s Official: Heroin is Deadlier Than Bullets

    It looks like our nation has found a “bullet” deadlier than the traditional calibers. As of 2015, heroin is killing more people than guns. This shift in statistics has happened rather quickly. In 2007, gun homicides outnumbered heroin deaths 5 ...

    ... In 2015, there were 12,979 gun homicides and 12,989 heroin deaths. Heroin has also surpassed its cousin opiates - traditional opioid painkillers . For the first time in decades, there were more deaths due to heroin than ... continue reading
  • Heroin Addiction Hotline Guide

    Call Now 1-888-744-0069 Who Answers? What is a Heroin Hotline? Heroin addiction is a very hard challenge to overcome alone. That is why doctors, mental health professionals, and support group members advocate seeking help if you believe you or ...

    ... homelessness and substance abuse. Call 1-800-999-9999. Drug-Specific Hotline Numbers Cocaine Marijuana Meth Opiates All other drugs There are also toll-free alcohol abuse hotline numbers and resources available. How to ... continue reading
  • Heroin Facts – Because Knowing is Half the Battle

    “Smack” - “Junk” - “H” Heroin is a drug that goes by many names. But no matter what you call it, it's still the same potent, potentially deadly drug. While its name really isn't that important, knowing some basic facts about heroin can ...

    “Smack” - “Junk” - “H” Heroin is a drug that goes by many names. But no matter what you call it, it's still the same potent, potentially deadly drug. While its name really isn't that important, knowing some basic facts ... continue reading
  • Supervised Heroin Shooting Galleries: Coming to a Public Housing Site?

    Vancouver is facing an unprecedented number of opioid overdoses, prompting the government's housing partners to launch a new effort in hopes of curbing this deadly trend. The goal is to get intravenous drug users to use in designated supervised ...

    Vancouver is facing an unprecedented number of opioid overdoses, prompting the government's housing partners to launch a new effort in hopes of curbing this deadly trend. The goal is to get intravenous drug users to use ... continue reading
  • The Price Tag of Heroin in America: $51 Billion

    If you're hooked on heroin, you'll spend an average of $150 a day to support your habit. That's nearly $55,000 per year. Heroin abuse comes with a pretty hefty price tag, unfortunately personal financial burden isn't the only cash-flow issue left in ...

    If you're hooked on heroin, you'll spend an average of $150 a day to support your habit. That's nearly $55,000 per year. Heroin abuse comes with a pretty hefty price tag, unfortunately personal financial burden isn't the ... continue reading
  • A Sister’s Honest Talk About Her Brother’s Heroin Addiction

    Alex didn't answer the phone. He missed their father's birthday party and still wasn't answering. But Allison kept dialing. It didn't seem right, but then again, things hadn't seemed “right” for a long time. Alex had all but stopped showing up ...

    Alex didn't answer the phone. He missed their father's birthday party and still wasn't answering. But Allison kept dialing. It didn't seem right, but then again, things hadn't seemed “right” for a long time. Alex had all ... continue reading
  • Don't Overestimate Your Heroin Tolerance - It Might Be the Last Thing You Do

    You may have heard about fentanyl, a synthetic opioid similar to morphine. What you may not have heard about, however, is the ultra-potent concentrated version of it: carfentanil . What We Know About Carfentanil Developed in the mid-1970s as a ...

    You may have heard about fentanyl, a synthetic opioid similar to morphine. What you may not have heard about, however, is the ultra-potent concentrated version of it: carfentanil . What We Know About Carfentanil ... continue reading
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  • Why Are Prescription Opiates So Addictive?

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

    ... pain relievers ... opiate withdrawal syndrome is frequently described as feeling like a bad flu for those experiencing it, and may include: Intense opiate cravings. Body aches. Involuntary muscle movements (e.g., leg ... 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 ...

    ... with opioid addiction. 4 Opiates and Dopamine Opiates initiate the release of ... Withdrawal symptoms may include the following: 5 Muscle and bone pain. Sleep problems. Diarrhea and vomiting. Cold flashes. Uncontrollable leg ... 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, ...

    ... nervous system depressant, such as alcohol, another opiate or a barbiturate. The U.S. National ... Withdrawal symptoms may include: Pain in the muscles and bone. Difficulty sleeping. Restlessness and uncontrollable leg ... continue reading
  • Gabapentin Abuse: Symptoms, Effects, Overdose & Treatment

    What is Gabapentin Neurontin? Gabapentin Neurontin is an anticonvulsant that comes in a capsule, tablet, and oral solution. It is used to manage certain seizure disorders, as well as the neuropathic pain phenomenon known as post-herpetic neuralgia ...

    ... pain. Diabetic neuropathy. Complex regional pain syndrome. Attention deficit disorder. Migraine. Treating the onset of seizures caused by alcohol withdrawal ... you on their side. Bend the top leg so that the hip and knee are ... 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 ...

    ... interacts with opiate receptors throughout the central nervous system (CNS) to change perceptions of pain. Hydrocodone is ... withdrawal may include 2,6 : Pain throughout the body. Difficulty sleeping. Cold flashes. Leg ... 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 ...

    ... withdrawal can be uncomfortable, but it is not usually considered dangerous. Withdrawing from prescription opioids like Demerol may result in one or more of the following symptoms: Restlessness. Involuntary leg ... opiate ... continue reading
  • Opioids

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

    ... pain-killing properties, prescription opioids are widely used to manage many types of painful conditions. 4 Naturally occurring opiate ... hours after their last dose. Opioid withdrawal symptoms are often so unpleasant and ... 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 ...

    ... of this drug in patients with chronic (long-term) pain since the 1990s. Both oxycodone and acetaminophen have long-term ... to end their use of Percocet or other opiates. Withdrawal symptoms vary, but can include: Nausea and ... 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 ...

    ... sweating. Fever. Dilated pupils. Increased sensitivity to pain. Muscle aches. Although acute withdrawal symptoms may dissipate after a week or so, some withdrawal symptoms, such as insomnia, anxiety, dysphoria, and ... 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 ...

    ... symptoms in people dependent on fentanyl. 10 Fentanyl withdrawal symptoms may include: 2 Cravings. Bone pain. Muscle pain. Trouble with sleep. Diarrhea. Vomiting. Legs moving uncontrollably. Cold flashes. Actiq Addiction ... 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 ...

    ... Controlled Substances Act, with accepted medical use for pain relief but a high potential for abuse and ... maintenance plan against opiate addiction. Buprenorphine also treats withdrawal symptoms and opiate cravings. It ... continue reading
  • Gabapentin: New Drug of Abuse for People in Treatment? Risk vs Reward

    According to the latest Census in 2015, the United States has a total population of 321 million people. In the same year, 57 million prescriptions for gabapentin were written. Gabapentin, or its brand name Neurontin, is an anti-seizure medication ...

    ... Alternatively, when people who struggle with opiate dependence take the medication, it helps to alleviate nerve pain and restless legs, both of which are associated with opiate withdrawal. Risk vs Reward In recent years ... 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 ...

    ... feelings they can provide, which include: Decreased pain. Euphoric feelings. Sense of intense relaxation. What ... that come with morphine addiction and withdrawal, and the fact that opiate addiction is very hard for many ... 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 ...

    ... . While these drugs are effective at relieving pain, opiates can have such severe consequences that alternatives can ... be used for back, neck, arm, or leg pain. Trials are currently underway to test their effectiveness ... continue reading
  • Kratom Overdose

    Kratom ( Mitragyna speciosa ) is a psychoactive botanical substance derived from a tree native to Southeast Asia and certain areas of Africa. Kratom has long been used in traditional medicine, but more recently, the drug has seen more widespread use ...

    ... 1 : Intestinal problems. Muscle pains. Coughing. Diarrhea. Opioid withdrawal. Is Kratom Safe? Some of ... rolling them onto their side and bending the top leg over their bottom leg. You should then tilt their head backward 7 ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Ketamine Use

    Is Ketamine Harmful? “It's easy to get ketamine abuse wrong because of its potency; it's more powerful than speed or coke weight for weight, so it's easy to accidentally overdose.” Like its sister drug CP, ketamine is a dissociative anesthetic, ...

    ... any anesthetic, ketamine reduces — or even eliminates — pain . It's hard for users to tell whether they ... up a high tolerance to the drug without experiencing withdrawal, if your life is revolving around using, you need ... continue reading
  • IV Drug Abuse: 3 Potentially Deadly IV Injection Sites

    The dangers of intravenous drug use are well documented. Although most available information focuses on the very high risk of overdose and the diseases associated with sharing needles (both very real dangers), injecting drugs can also be incredibly ...

    ... . Femoral Vein (Groin): The femoral vein runs up both legs and through the creases of your upper thigh and groin. In ... to stop the bleeding. The femoral nerve controls leg and muscle movement, so damaging this nerve can ... 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 ...

    ... it for patients who are experiencing some type of pain, possibly chronic, and looking for relief. Hydrocodone ... to dealing with the effects of opiate withdrawal. Withdrawal Symptoms The physical effects vary from person ... continue reading
  • Percocet Abuse

    Since the mid-1990s, rates of prescription drug abuse have skyrocketed. Today, the widespread abuse of prescription medication—whether it involves opioid painkillers, sedatives or stimulants—is being recognized as a serious national health ...

    ... abuse and addiction to this prescription opiate. A major sign of opiate abuse is taking more of the prescription ... and withdrawal. Withdrawal symptoms can include: Excessive sleepiness. Dizziness. Muscle pain and weakness ... 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 ... withdrawal will mirror symptoms associated with heroin. Vicodin withdrawal symptoms include: Pain ... 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 ...

    ... to much more intense withdrawal symptoms. Nausea. Fever. Sweating. Anxiety. Muscle pain. Abdominal cramps. Diarrhea ... epidemic of prescription opioid abuse. Getting Help for Opiate Addiction If you or someone you know is ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Kratom Use

    Kratom ( Mitragyna speciosa ) is a tree-like plant from Southeast Asia that belongs to the same family of plants as coffee and gardenias. Kratom has been used as an herbal remedy in Thailand and neighboring countries for hundreds of years for a ...

    ... North America and Europe both as a recreational drug and for the self-management of pain and opiate withdrawal (a practice advised against by most medical professionals). Is Kratom Harmful? Scientific information about ... 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 ...

    ... which includes heroin and prescription pain medications. Quitting opiates can be challenging—attempts to slow or abruptly stop use often precipitate the onset of extremely unpleasant withdrawal effects, which often drive ... 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 ...

    ... to people who are experiencing relatively severe pain. In addition to these painkilling effects, Demerol ... even when taking an opiate as prescribed by a doctor. If you experience withdrawal symptoms when attempting to ... 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 ...

    ... medication over time to prolong the duration of pain relief. In an attempt to bypass this time ... OxyContin Withdrawal Treatment OxyContin addiction treatment is functionally the same as most other forms of opiate addiction ... 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 ... oxy” or face withdrawal symptoms like: Rebound pain, or increased pain sensitivity. Restlessness and ... 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 ...

    ... opiates affect the body in the same way. Opiates are prescribed for treating moderate to severe pain, such as post-operative pain, back pain ... they produce. Once the opiate is withdrawn, withdrawal symptoms kick in, with ... 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 ...

    ... pain. Loss of appetite. Restlessness. Shaking and tremors. Stomach pain. Due to the severity of withdrawal ... up to a year when treating severe cases, which opiate addiction tends to be. 12-step programs offer lifetime ... 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 ...

    ... while you withdraw 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 ... 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 ...

    ... Signs and Symptoms When taken as directed, hydrocodone relieves pain, but it also can cause side effects in users ... home setting. Although rarely life threatening, opiate withdrawal symptoms for those who are dependent on ... 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, ...

    ... epidemic. For example, in 2008, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced that opiate pain relievers were involved in 14,800 overdose deaths - more than cocaine and heroin combined. 4 In 2012, the ... 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 ...

    ... ran out. She didn't need them any more for the pain, so that wasn't a problem. The issue, however, ... have to get more pills.” The Facts About Withdrawal If you take opiates (like oxycodone , tramadol , fentanyl or morphine ... continue reading
  • Prescription Opiates: As Addictive as Heroin?

    According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, more than 21.5 million Americans aged 12 and older met the criteria for substance use disorder in 2014. Of these, 1.9 million were addicted to prescription opiate pain medications and 586,000 ...

    ... consequences in order to avoid these withdrawal symptoms. 2,3 Prescription opiates affect the brain in the same ... . 1 The number of prescriptions written for opioid pain medications has increased from 76 million in 1991 to ... continue reading
  • The 5 Most Dangerous Painkiller Myths

    While painkiller use is widespread, there is a vast amount of false information surrounding them. Unfortunately, many people begin using opioid painkillers knowing little about them. Given few details about these drugs - how they work, when to take ...

    ... painkillers, they are speaking about opioid or opiate pain medications . These substances derive from opioid ... recovery that will help to alleviate symptoms of withdrawal and usher recovering users safely into recovery. ... 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 ...

    ... or be fatal. The addictive potential of an opiate with the liver-damaging properties of acetaminophen makes ... Heightened pain sensitivity when not taking Norco. Cravings for the drug. Financial problems. Withdrawal symptoms ... continue reading
  • Clonazepam Overdose Symptoms, Dangers & Treatment

    What is Clonazepam? Clonazepam (Klonopin) is a benzodiazepine that is used to treat panic disorders and certain seizures . Clonazepam is a Schedule IV drug, which means it carries a risk for dependence, abuse, and addiction 1 . It is possible to ...

    ... (gently roll them onto their side and bend the top leg so their hip and knee are at right angles). Try ... regular schedule. As the initial period of benzodiazepine withdrawal can be dangerous, the type of treatment sought ... 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 ...

    ... heroin—a notoriously addictive opiate. While morphine effectively reduces feelings of pain, its use is ... and function normally—they will face a long list of withdrawal symptoms and will often be unwilling or unable to stop ... continue reading
  • Legalizing Marijuana Decreases Fatal Opiate Overdoses, Study Shows

    According to the American Academy of Pain Medicine, more than 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain. In an effort to relieve that constant pain, the number of opiate prescriptions has nearly doubled over the last decade. Today, opiates like ...

    ... 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain. In an effort to relieve that constant pain, the number of opiate prescriptions has nearly doubled over the last decade. Today, opiates like hydrocodone , oxycodone , and ... continue reading
  • Suboxone Debate: What Is the Big Problem with Buprenorphine?

    When it comes to this nation's chemical dependence, few drugs have achieved the notoriety and reputation of opioid drugs. In fact, things have spiraled so far out of control that opiate addiction is now considered an epidemic. Despite leaving a ...

    ... an abuse deterrent; it brings on withdrawal symptoms when other opiates are used. And if Suboxone tablets ... but the dosage must be high enough to sufficiently reduce pain. However, if you spend the whole day injecting ... 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, ...

    ... of euphoria, intense relaxation, and decreased perception of pain. Morphine is available in a number of forms, ... appetite. Cramping. Vomiting. Chills. Withdrawal from opiates is not typically life threatening, but ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Lortab Use

    Lortab is the combination of hydrocodone , an opiate used to manage pain, and acetaminophen , an over-the-counter analgesic and antipyretic (fever reducer) that augments the pain-relieving effects of the hydrocodone. Lortab is prescribed in pill ...

    ... you or a loved one is struggling to get free from an opiate addiction, call 1-888-744-0069 Who Answers? to learn about recovery ... the withdrawal symptoms associated with Lortab, which may include: Aches and pains. Nausea ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Codeine Use

    Codeine abuse can develop into a full-fledged codeine addiction. Codeine is one of the many pharmaceuticals classified as an opiate . Opiates are narcotics with a high potential for addiction. When used as prescribed, this pain reliever and cough ...

    ... is a relatively safe way to treat minor pain or control troublesome coughs. However, users often ... it has a “high potential for abuse.” Like many opiates, withdrawal symptoms from codeine can be quite severe, keeping the ... 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 ...

    ... Answers? to speak to someone about finding treatment for opiate addiction. The Hydrocodone Market More than 99% of hydrocodone ... and limit unpleasant withdrawal symptoms like nausea, restlessness, and pain. 4. With the ... 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 ...

    ... moderate to severe pain that cannot be treated with other medications. It is a semi-synthetic opiate that was first ... Muscle weakness. Fever. Flu-like symptoms. Withdrawal is extremely unpleasant and can cause users to ... 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 ...

    ... a popular drug amongst opiate addicts because: It contains the opiate hydrocodone. It is ... withdrawal , including: Goose bumps and chills Dilated pupils. Yawning. Rebound pain (the return of pain or increased pain ... 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 ...

    ... take appropriately, it can be used to safely manage pain. However, when misused, the risks of both physical ... withdrawal effects quite similar to those associated with other types of opiate withdrawal. Tramadol withdrawal ... continue reading
  • The Rise of Tramadol: Exploring the Dangers and Conversations Around This Opioid

    Tramadol, also known as Ultram, is a prescription opioid medication used for the treatment of postoperative pain, cancer-associated pain, and chronic pain conditions. While Tramadol is similar to other prescription opioid pain relievers such as ...

    ... withdrawals. ” “ Tramadol: A WARNING. Not the usual warning. ” “ Tramadol seizure risk? ” The Opiates subreddit, which focuses specifically on opiate ... 2016/03/17/pain-pills-cash-seized-in-youngstown-drug-raid/ http://www. ... continue reading
  • The Scary Facts About Designer Drugs and Legal Highs

    Read Time: 30 minutes Introduction What Are Designer Drugs and Legal Highs? The terms “designer drugs” and “legal highs” are used to refer to substances such as synthetic marijuana and “bath salts” that are engineered in a laboratory to ...

    ... into tablets. It is promoted on various websites as an herbal remedy for pain and self-management of opiate withdrawal. 40 Methoxetamine Methoxetamine is a dissociative drug or dissociative anesthetic, which are a ... continue reading
  • Prescription Drug Abuse Problem

    For some time now, the abuse of illicit substances such as marijuana, cocaine, methamphetamine and heroin has been a persistent national problem. In more recent years, however, our country has seen an alarming rise of prescription drug abuse - now ...

    ... degree, mimic the effects of the opiates. These medicines modify pain signaling, and are frequently prescribed ... the same effect) , as well as a marked withdrawal syndrome should they be stopped. Both of these phenomena ... 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 ...

    ... that is used to treat severe pain, and it is regarded as the gold standard of pain relievers. Use can create a ... process, so you know what to expect. Withdrawal from opiates such as morphine can be quite uncomfortable, and ... continue reading
  • Drugs A-Z

    What is Acamprosate? Acamprosate is thought to help recovering alcoholics stay sober balancing inhibitory and excitatory neurotransmission. Acamprosate may be combined with behavioral therapy to decrease the chance of relapse and continued drinking. ...

    ... pain in adults requiring around-the-clock pain relief. What is Buprenorphine? Buprenorphine is a partial opioid agonist used for withdrawal ... well as the development of addiction. opiate analgesic applied as a skin patch. ... 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 ...

    ... The first stage is withdrawal and detox. Opiate withdrawal generally consists of intense ... . Over 4 million people in the US reported misusing prescription pain relievers in SAMHSA's 2014 National Survey on Drug Use and ... continue reading
  • Closing Candy Land: Our Vets are Stuck in the VA’s Revolving Door

    Across our nation, the brave men and women who defended its freedoms are suffering. The burden they bear isn't regret, loss, emotional trauma or illness…even though all of these things may be present. No, the cargo many of them carry is the weight ...

    ... to happen. VA Turns to Opiates As masses of vets sought treatment for their pain, the VA started doling out ... a spike in depression, panic attacks and other withdrawal problems - all thanks to the sudden stoppage of ... 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 ...

    ... to its pain-relieving effects and also cause side effects and withdrawal symptoms not ... oxycodone suddenly often suffer from classic symptoms of opiate withdrawal. Oxycodone has been recognized for its abuse potential ... continue reading
  • Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome

    What Is Post-Acute Withdrawal Syndrome? Post-acute-withdrawal syndrome (PAWS) refers to a constellation of symptoms experienced by some individuals who are addicted to alcohol or certain drugs after a prolonged period of withdrawal . PAWS is also ...

    ... Opioids Long-term symptoms of opiate withdrawal are commonly reported in individuals ... drugs work by activating opiate receptors in the brain and spinal cord, which modulates perceived pain levels, induces a feeling ... 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, ...

    ... cheap as $5-10. The CDC reports that those dependent on opiates are 40 times more likely to develop a problem with heroin. Signs ... several withdrawal symptoms, which can include: Panic attacks. Muscle pain. Seizures ... 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 ...

    ... as well known as more commonly prescribed pain medications, synthetic opiate drugs like it are being increasingly abused ... to feel the same effects). You experience withdrawal symptoms when you're not using, which can ... 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 ...

    ... an opiate analgesic, and one of many commonly used narcotic painkillers 1 . Morphine works to reduce severe pain by ... detox or withdrawal. Due to the dangers and extreme discomfort of morphine withdrawal, a medically ... 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, ...

    ... Fentanyl is up to 100 times more powerful than morphine , an opiate that is addictive in its own right 1,3 . In recent ... of fentanyl withdrawal symptoms include 6,9 : Widespread body aches and pains. Diarrhea. Nausea ... 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
  • 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 ...

    ... : 10 Agitation. Anxiety. Fever. Insomnia. Sweating. Muscle aches and pains. Abdominal cramping. Diarrhea. Nausea. Vomiting. These opioid painkiller withdrawal symptoms are uncomfortable but not life threatening. 10 continue reading
  • The Effects of Suboxone Use

    Overview of Suboxone The Suboxone Debate: Learn why use of Suboxone is a hotly contested issue. Suboxone is a combination drug comprised of two substances: 1,2 Buprenorphine—a partial opioid agonist with a “ceiling effect” that keeps effects ...

    ... opiate addiction. 2 In a similar way to methadone, Suboxone can decrease cravings and withdrawal symptoms will limit withdrawal ... The short-term, desirable effects of Suboxone include pain relief, a mild euphoria, and and a ... 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 ...

    ... assisted treatment (MAT) for the management of opiate withdrawal and cravings. Medications used as part of ... drugs prescribed by a doctor no longer effectively reduce the pain and/or provide a “high”. When this happens, ... continue reading
  • Detoxing from OxyContin: What to Expect

    What makes OxyContin so addictive? Why does the body develop dependence on OxyContin? And if you're addicted to Oxy, how do you break the vicious cycle? Here, we will explore what the drug is, what detoxification looks like and how to identify and ...

    ... ” version of Oxycodone , OxyContin is able to provide pain relief for up to 12 hours consecutively. This further ... in less severe withdrawal symptoms. However, Methadone is still classified as an opiate like OxyContin, and ... continue reading
  • Prescription Painkiller FAQ

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

    ... and require a higher dose in order to alleviate pain. 4 This is a normal response to ongoing opioid ... , then it's likely that you will experience unpleasant withdrawal symptoms once you stop using. This is due to ... 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, ...

    ... begin to compulsively misuse these medications, which can lead to withdrawal symptoms if they try to stop or reduce use, and/ ... Taking them to get high rather than for pain relief. Taking them differently than prescribed, ... 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, ...

    ... potent, synthetic opioid analgesic - excellent for controlling serious pain, but also with huge abuse potential. It is ... the extreme discomfort that can come with opiate withdrawal. Once admitted to a center, you will ... 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 ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Opiate Abuse

    Prescription opiates are effective in the treatment of pain, but they have the potential to be addictive and, in fact, many people are struggling with an opiate painkiller addiction. In fact, according to the National Institutes of Health, opioids ...

    ... pain, but they have the potential to be addictive and, in fact, many people are struggling with an opiate ... during the withdrawal period and plenty of support for your addiction. Statistics on Alcohol and Opiate Use ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Lortab Abuse

    Substance abuse experts indicate that it is never safe to mix alcohol and Lortab . Although Lortab is a relatively harmless pain reliever when used appropriately, and alcohol is safe in moderation, the combined effects of mixing Lortab and alcohol ...

    ... someone with alcohol dependence, because the withdrawal syndrome from this substance can induce ... that as many as 4.3 million people used prescription pain medications such as Lortab for non-medical purposes in the ... 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, ... doses to achieve the same effects. Experiencing withdrawal side effects when you stop taking codeine, such ... 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 ...

    ... use or abruptly decreases their intake 9,10 . Symptoms created by hydrocodone withdrawal include 9,11 : Restlessness and agitation. Pain in muscles and bones. Inability to sleep. Diarrhea. Cold flashes. Teary eyes. Runny ... 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 ...

    ... and can trigger a relapse in the most well-intentioned user. Fentanyl withdrawal symptoms include 6,7 : Insomnia. Anxiety. Pain. Diarrhea. Vomiting. Fever. Chills. Diaphoresis or increased sweating. Muscle cramps ... continue reading
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