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  • 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 ...

    ... a first time user can experience respiratory arrest, for example. Opiate abuse treatment can put a stop to the ... associated with a heightened risk of developing major depression: Patients using painkillers in excess of six ... 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), ...

    ... not to prescribe tramadol to anyone suffering from depression or at risk for addiction. But this wasn't enough. In ... and abuse of this drug. Public awareness of this opiate must increase if we are to decrease the numbers ... 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 ...

    ... to heart problems , just like other opiates. It's uncommon for tablets to be crushed and injected, but ... If you've got a co-occurring disorder such as depression or bipolar disorder, you'll likely be given psychotherapy ... continue reading
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  • Opiate Addiction Withdrawal

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

    ... uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms 1 . During withdrawal, indirect dangers of opiate withdrawal can emerge, including strong cravings for more drugs and severe depression 1 . If someone restarts opioid use due to cravings ... 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 ...

    ... . Where Does Fentanyl Come From? What Are Opiates/Opioids? Opiates are derived from the opium poppy plant, nicknamed ... center of the brainstem. This can result in a depression of a person's ability to breathe properly. In ... 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 ...

    ... abusing opioid drugs like Demerol is the risk for respiratory depression and overdose. Respiratory depression is a characteristic, dose-dependent response to the use of opiates like heroin and, in a similar manner, the ... 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 ...

    ... abuse. First, try to remind yourself that the relapse rate for opiate addiction is as high as 91%, so you are in the ... . This can lead to low impulse control, depression, anxiety, and cravings that, if not addressed ... 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 ...

    ... Nausea. Constipation. Slowed breathing/respiratory depression. Hypoxia can lead to both short ... opioid treatment struggles with opioid addiction. 4 Opiates and Dopamine Opiates initiate the release of a cascade of dopamine ... 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, ...

    ... Depression. Similar hydrocodone medications are marketed as Norco and Zohydro . From Prescription Opiates to Heroin Addiction to opiates ... It's important to know what to look for when you suspect you or someone you care ... 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 ...

    ... rates can result from central nervous system depression . The resulting decrease in oxygenated blood to ... is the tolerance to opiates like codeine can increase quickly, which increases the user's demand for the drug. Often ... 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” ...

    ... . Long-term Effects Sexual dysfunction. Depression. Insomnia. Painful withdrawal syndrome. Opioid ... rate of relapse. How to Get Help for Prescription Opiate Addiction Detox and Medication-Assisted Treatment Medications ... 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 ...

    ... increase your risk for both dependency and a whole host of dangerous side effects. Opiate abuse ravages the body ... . Drowsiness. Confusion. Anxiety. Respiratory depression. Itchy skin. Constipation. Light-headedness ... 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 ...

    ... are quite severe, causing symptoms ranging from respiratory depression and nausea to coma and even death. The good ... of fentanyl abuse are similar to that of other opiates in that they can range from mild to life- ... 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 ...

    ... US over the age of 12 have used hydrocodone for non-medical reasons. Even though hydrocodone addiction has traditionally ... Depression. Treatment Withdrawal from long-term hydrocodone use can be very unpleasant. The opiate ... 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 ...

    ... eyes). Rhinorrhea (runny nose). Anxiety. Depression. Restlessness. Insomnia. Despite the similarities ... suffer from classic symptoms of opiate withdrawal. Oxycodone has been recognized for its abuse potential since 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 ...

    ... by stealing). Physical and mental health . From depression and irritability to lethargy and decreased self-care, ... For more information, see the following articles: The Effects of Opiates on the Body How to Help an Opiates ... 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 ...

    ... other stronger opiates. Ultram, the trade name for tramadol, is a synthetic opiate pain reliever prescribed for moderate to ... such as doctor shopping. Suicidal thoughts. Depression Anxiety when the drug is not available. ... 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 ...

    ... may be red flags for abuse and addiction to this prescription opiate. A major sign of opiate abuse is taking ... self-medicate an undiagnosed mental health disorder like depression or anxiety. Other times people take the ... 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 ...

    ... as overdose. Opioid overdose can result in respiratory depression, coma, and death . According to the CDC ... in more information regarding potential treatment for opiate painkiller addiction, consider calling 1-888 ... 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 ...

    ... potential for abuse due to the oxycodone in it. Oxycodone is a semisynthetic opioid derived from an opiate alkaloid ... effect and subject the user to serious respiratory depression, coma, and death 1 . Find help 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 ...

    ... for anyone trying to end their use of Percocet or other opiates. Withdrawal symptoms vary, but can include: Nausea and vomiting. Upset stomach. Cold sweats. Cravings. Diarrhea. Fatigue. Tremors. Agitation. Depression ... 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 ...

    ... can be difficult to do alone. Treatment for addiction to Ultram and other opiates can help the user recover and may include ... Panic attacks. Confusion. Aggressiveness. Agitation. Depression. Am I addicted to Ultram? You ... 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, ...

    ... use of morphine is the development of addiction. Opiate addiction can ravage your life and that of your ... monitored through the process and checked for the appearance of depression and other mental illnesses that may show ... 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 ...

    ... cold sweats, depression, and other symptoms that make you want to turn back to opioids for relief. This ... , V., Pai, L., & Cho, L. M. (2008). Opiates and elderly: Use and side effects. Clinical Interventions in Aging , 3 ... 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 ...

    ... taken with Actiq. It may cause deadly respiratory depression and other adverse effects. It should be used ... in individuals tolerant to opioid and should not be used for postoperative or acute pain. It should be kept where ... 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 ...

    ... is also a concern for Demerol abusers. At high doses, it can lead to respiratory depression, a condition where the ... are safer than illegal “hard” drugs, like the opiate heroin , or cocaine. An article in the Journal of ... continue reading
  • Prescription Painkiller FAQ

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

    ... are produced can mimic those of the potent street opiate heroin. Many who strive to achieve these feelings time ... life-threatening consequences ranging from respiratory depression to widespread vascular inflammation. What ... 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 ...

    ... abused for its sedating, relaxing, and euphoric effects. The euphoric high is similar to that of heroin and other opiates. ... Severe mood swings. Paranoia. Confusion. Depression. Secretive behavior. Poor hygiene and grooming ... continue reading
  • Effects of Hydromorphone Abuse

    Hydromorphone (brand names: Dilaudid, Exalgo) is a powerful semi-synthetic opioid painkiller used in both hospital settings and as part of a long-term treatment regimen for significant pain in opioid-tolerant individuals. Depending on the needs of ...

    ... more than 18,000 people were treated in emergency departments for problems associated with its abuse in 2011 2 . There ... 1,5 : Increased anxiety. Feelings of depression. Anger and agitation. Confusion. Auditory or ... 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 ...

    ... abuse include the following: Confusion. Depression. Difficulty walking. Muscle stiffness. Slowed ... treating severe cases, which opiate addiction tends to be. 12-step programs offer lifetime support for addicts, both those ... 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 with other drug s such as stimulants, opiates and/or alcohol . For example, mixing DXM with amphetamines or cocaine can ... Agitation. Delusions. Mood changes such as depression and mania. Problems with attention and ... 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 ...

    ... similar to heroin—a notoriously addictive opiate. While morphine effectively reduces feelings of ... for opioids without producing a marked high and with less risk of dangerous effects such as profound respiratory depression ... 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 ...

    ... periodic euphoria and apathy. Vomiting. Depression. Problems with concentration or memory. Sleep ... , 2,500 adolescents in the United States abuse prescription opioids for the first time. An estimated 1 out of 30 seniors ... 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 ...

    ... effects of injection may include sepsis and gangrene. Depression . [quizBuddy quiz=”Painkiller Abuse” question=”3″] ... to illicit drugs. Teens are among the most vulnerable for opioid misuse. In 2015, an estimated 276,000 ... 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 ...

    ... the following: 2 Drowsiness. Mental fog. [ Nausea. Constipation. Dizziness. Respiratory depression. Opioids affect the part of the brain responsible for breathing, and one of the big threats opioid painkillers pose 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 ...

    ... seen in those who have quit using Dilaudid long enough for tolerance to subside, and then relapse with a dose of ... legs. Frequent mood swings. Anxiety. Depression. Social isolation. Impaired relationships. Increased ... 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 ... body and cause many unwanted consequences like respiratory depression . The dangers rise if the person has ... 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 ...

    ... in this class of substances, some people may be at risk for addiction if they: My pain typically would occur over two or ... opiate and anti-depressant withdrawal syndromes and include: Gastrointestinal pain. Depression ... 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 ...

    ... Watch the 3-min clip from the video below for the story of one man who was prescribed Percocet in ... health symptoms including flu-like symptoms, agitation, and depression. Call Our Hotline Today Just because a substance ... 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. ...

    Help for Norco Addicts Hear from others who have loved ones facing addiction. Norco is an opiate prescription ... include: Changes in mood, including irritability, depression, or other unpredictable mood shifts. Erratic ... continue reading
  • Snorting Oxycodone

    Oxycodone is a prescription opioid pain reliever often sold under the brand names OxyContin, Percodan, and Percocet 1 . Oxycodone—often called “oxy”—causes users to experience a pleasurable euphoria. In seeking Oxycodone's pleasurable ...

    ... oxycodone even once can result in severe respiratory depression, where breathing slows down or stops completely 3 ... of care that allows people in recovery to stay for a designated period of time in a sober facility during ... 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 ...

    ... see an increase in severity and frequency of appearance of many side effects. For example, the mental health symptoms that begin as depression, anxiety, and agitation can increase in intensity, or additional symptoms may ... 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 ...

    ... risk for abuse and addiction development. Because methadone is a longer-acting, relatively less potent opiate, ... Diarrhea. Pain. Jitteriness. They can also include depression and possibly mania . This will happen around 24 ... 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, ...

    ... for already opioid-tolerant patients (those already having grown tolerant to a therapeutic dose of some other opiate ... pre-existing mental health conditions, including depression and/or labile (frequently changing) moods ... 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 ...

    ... these side effects may leave a lasting mark on the user's body if not treated immediately. For example, respiratory depression can lead to hypoxia, which can cause permanent brain damage in the suffering individual 5, 6 ... 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 ...

    ... that person does not have a doctor's recommendation or guideline for use. When a person abuses Vicodin, they may begin ... benzodiazepines can result in compounding CNS depression and worsen breathing and heart rate ... 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 for more tramadol ... tramadol discontinuation include 8 : Anxiety. Depression. Poor sleep. Fatigue. Emotional blunting ... 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 ...

    ... , the suffering individual will be carefully monitored for heart rate, temperature, breathing, and blood pressure issues and treated accordingly. When severe respiratory depression is an issue, some hydrocodone overdoses ... continue reading
  • Snorting Methadone

    Individuals caught in a downward spiral of substance abuse and addiction constantly look for ways to enhance or maintain the high produced by their substance of choice. They may take more of their drug, take it more often, or find some other way to ...

    ... a powerful, rewarding rush. It can remain in the body for as long as 59 hours after consumption 1 . It is ... many adverse consequences as severe as death from respiratory depression 3,7 . Side Effects Methadone is a powerful ... 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 ...

    ... accepted medical use, but also has a high potential for abuse, and may lead to severe psychological or physical ... : 1,2,4 Irritability, anxiety, and depression. Difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep. Restlessness ... 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 ...

    ... flu you could possibly imagine. You might have nausea and vomiting, cold sweats, depression, and other symptoms that make you want to turn back to opioids for relief. This is why it is a great idea to get support through ... 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 ...

    ... . Serious side effects may include respiratory depression, low blood pressure, impaired blood circulation ... is addicted to opioids, but it can lead to addiction for some. 2 Am I Addicted to Actiq? Recognizing the signs ... 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) ...

    ... cause of the pain; it only makes the pain more bearable for the user. When the substance is injected or consumed orally, ... . Hyperalgesia, or worsening pain. Anxiety. Depression. The following symptoms may be more serious ... 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 ...

    ... drugs manufactured from opiate alkaloid precursors found ... for, referred to as the “opioid overdose triad” 2 : Pinpoint pupils. Slowed or stopped breathing. Unconsciousness/non-responsiveness. Respiratory depression ... 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, ...

    ... nervous depressants, as well as some types of illicit drugs can dangerously increase the potential for oversedation, respiratory depression, coma, and even death. 5 Symptoms of a tramadol overdose include: 1,7 Slow or ... continue reading
  • Opana Abuse

    With chronic use of Opana, users may develop a tolerance to the drug - spurring a pattern of continuously taking more and more of the drug to experience the same effects. Opana is the trade name for the prescription medication, oxymorphone, a ...

    ... Names Due to its potency, Opana is a highly sought-after opiate of abuse and sold under various street names , including: Blue ... . Warning Signs of Opana Overdose Respiratory depression or arrest. Cold and clammy skin. ... 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, ...

    ... 4, 5, 7 Constipation. Nausea. Respiratory depression. Itchiness or skin irritation. Sleepiness. Suppressing the ... 12 months, it may be time to seek help for opioid misuse: 14 Prescription opioids are taken in larger ... continue reading
  • Painkiller Detox and Withdrawal

    Prescription painkillers are opioid medications that manage pain and, furthermore, exhibit activity throughout the brain's pleasure centers. Their interaction with opioid receptors in the brain results in a down-modification of the sensations of ...

    ... opioid detox and recovery. If you are seeking help for yourself or a loved, then consider treatment at an AAC ... to a number of physical health dangers like respiratory depression , which, in cases of overdose, can become ... continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    ... 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 non-existent ... continue reading
  • How Similar are Heroin and Prescription Opioids?

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

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

    Permanent brain damage due to an opiate overdose is a very real, life-altering consequence of opiate abuse . The dramatic increase of opiate-related deaths is now demanding public attention, but the consequence of permanent brain damage remains ...

    ... Breathing If you find someone who has overdosed on opiates , and is not breathing, it is critical to ... breathing to begin circulating oxygen to the brain. While waiting for help to arrive, tilt the victim's head back, ... 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 ...

    ... I just have to get more pills.” The Facts About Withdrawal If you take opiates (like oxycodone , tramadol , fentanyl or morphine ) every day for more than four weeks, there's a good possibility you'll develop some degree ... continue reading
  • Yay or Nay: Is the Opioid Epidemic a Conspiracy?

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

    ... or injection of painkillers. These efforts seem to demonstrate the drug companies' concern for public welfare, but creating new versions of old opiates also results in new profits from patents. It also attempts to reduce ... continue reading
  • Dying to Get High: Half of 2014 U.S. Drug Deaths Caused By Opiates

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

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

    ... to mount over the years, indicating the growing opiate 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 ... 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 ...

    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 ... continue reading
  • Opioid Hotlines

    Call Now 1-888-744-0069 Who Answers? Heroin and prescription painkiller medications are addictive narcotic drugs that are classified as opioids because they either directly derive from or are synthesized to resemble opiate alkaloid substances ...

    ... abuse hotlines from people who are seeking help: How do I know if I am addicted to opiates? What kinds of treatments are available for opioid use disorder? Will I have go through detox? Can I do this on an outpatient ... 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 ...

    ... has been driven by an increased use of drugs like morphine . Prescription opiate abuse has affected a huge portion of our population: For every unintentional overdose death related to an opioid analgesic; 9 people are ... 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 ...

    ... 5 times and it is estimated that every 25 minutes a baby is born suffering from opiate withdrawal in the U.S. 7 The onset of withdrawal symptoms for the newborn depends on the half-life of the drug, how long the mother ... 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 ...

    ... in managing the relationship and encouraging treatment. NOTE : If your loved one has been in rehab for opiate addiction and relapsed, continue to assure them that you will support them through additional recovery efforts ... 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 ...

    ... important to talk to your teen about the dangers of prescription opiate abuse before it's too late. Resources, Articles and More Information For more information, please see the following articles: How Concerned Should ... 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 ...

    ... turned to heroin as a “more affordable” alternative once buying pills on the street becomes too costly. For those who think the opiate epidemic is much ado about nothing, let's have a look at the latest numbers, shall we ... 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, ...

    ... an increase in the number of people who reported using opioids for more than 200 days. The slight decrease in nonmedical opioid ... opioid misuse and disorders related to opiate abuse suggests more patients are progressing ... 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 ...

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

    ... about one-tenth of the pain-reducing qualities of morphine. Tramadol stands apart from other opiates for 2 reasons: Click the image above for the full infographic. 1. Tramadol is a fully synthetic drug , which means that ... 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 ...

    ... , you can get help. Call 1-888-744-0069 Who Answers? to speak to someone about finding treatment for opiate addiction. The Hydrocodone Market More than 99% of hydrocodone abused is abused in the US. Many other countries ... 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 ...

    ... trap of addiction. Fortunately, there is help out there for anyone who is addicted to the substance, and it's ... the right direction. Related Articles: Why are Prescription Opiates So Addictive? To share your story or talk ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Morphine Addict

    With approximately 52 million people in the U.S. having used prescription drugs nonmedically in their lifetime, widespread addiction to drugs like morphine is increasingly becoming a problem. When someone begins to engage in abuse morphine , it's ...

    ... that most current heroin users in the U.S. progressed to the drug from prescription opioid use. Help for opiate addiction typically comes in the form of one of two types of treatment : Inpatient rehab centers. Outpatient ... continue reading
  • 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 ...

    ... they stop taking the hydrocodone. Inpatient rehab programs are the preferred method of treatment for many people struggling with stubborn opiate addictions, as they allow you to focus completely on your sobriety—freed of ... 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 ...

    ... half of heroin users begin their drug abuse with another opiate like Vicodin before moving to heroin. If you're worried ... your use, please call 1-888-744-0069 Who Answers? for help today. It's never too late to start a new ... 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 ...

    ... the scene, but it was too late. The Horror that is Opiate Addiction Opioid overdose deaths have become an epidemic across the U.S. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported that heroin-related deaths have ... continue reading
  • New Experimental Opioid Makes Some Awfully Big Promises

    For many, getting hooked on opioids starts innocently enough. Typically, it's a way to find relief from chronic pain. But the feeling of euphoria - or “high” - that accompanies each dose is ultimately what keeps users coming back for more, ...

    ... a key late-stage study. A Breakthrough or Just Another Opiate? The drug - tentatively known as NKTR-181 - is ... with the agency in the near future. They're also looking for a partner to sell the drug, if and when it's ... 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 ...

    ... Drowsiness. Confusion. Nausea and vomiting. The intensity of an opiate or opioid high is influenced not only by the drug dosage ... of prescription opioid abuse. Getting Help for Opiate Addiction If you or someone you know ... 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 ...

    ... used in medicine before and during World War I. Unfortunately, oxycodone also has significant potential for abuse and addiction. Like all opiates, it works by binding to opioid receptors in the brain and spinal cord, and ... 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 ...

    ... According to a recent Penn State study , squeezing in enough shut-eye can actually lower drug cravings for people hooked on opioids . Researching the Connection Between Sleep and Recovery It all started when Bo Cleveland ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Methylphenidate Use

    Methylphenidate (brand names: Ritalin, Concerta) is a stimulant prescribed for Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and narcolepsy. Stimulants, like Ritalin, are one of the three most commonly abused ...

    ... recovery attempts by seeking the drug to alleviate your depression or other symptoms. If you or someone you know ... the path to recovery. Don't be afraid to call in for a friend, family member, or anyone else close to you. ... 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 ...

    ... ballooned to $3.1 billion and the incredibly powerful drug accounted for a whopping 30 percent of the entire painkiller market. Rise of the Opiate Industry Looking back, this astronomical rise in OxyContin use indicated ... 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 ...

    ... other options left, she decided to turn to Ibogaine in hopes for a cure. Since it's classified as a Schedule I drug ... effective alternative for opiate addiction treatment . Additional Reading: Outlook on Opiate Abuse: ... 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 ...

    ... ,000 of these being the result of products containing the narcotic in combination with another drug. Opiates accounted for 75 percent of pharmaceutical overdoses in 2008. 15,000 recreational users die annually under the ... 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 ...

    ... . Constipation. Increased pain. Slowed breathing. While methadone is indicated for the medical management of opiate addiction, it holds it own potential for abuse and addiction. Signs of addiction to methadone include ... 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, ...

    ... positive feelings associated with the phenomenon set the stage for an individual to develop an addiction to tramadol, ... desire to snort tramadol may become as strong as the urge for food, water, sex, and love 5,6,7 . Sinus ... 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 ...

    ... observed, 100 of whom were addicted to opioids for at least a year and 50 healthy participants with ... behavior and overall psychological state including: Depression Anxiety Mood swings Social isolation Decreased ... continue reading
  • How to Help an Opana Addict

    How to Approach an Opana Addict Opana is the brand name for oxymorphone, a semi-synthetic opioid painkiller . Over the past decade, increased availability of painkillers has fueled an epidemic of opioid abuse around the world. In the US, an ...

    ... snort or inject the pills, releasing the effects immediately for a more intense high with a rapid onset. ... are dealing with psychological disturbances like anxiety and depression. If you are noticing negative effects on ... continue reading
  • Dextromethorphan Abuse

    Overview of Dextromethorphan Abuse When taken in excess doses and via alternative methods, DXM can actually act as a dissociative anesthetic, mimicking the effects of drugs like PCP and Ketamine. What Is DXM? Street Names Street names for ...

    ... than 100 over-the-counter medicines. Dextromethorphan is safe for ingestion and not habit-forming when taken as directed ... rate). Seizures. Hyperthermia. Respiratory depression. Coma. Withdrawal Symptoms Typically, someone ... 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
  • Tussionex Abuse

    Tussionex is a prescription medication that includes a combination of chlorpheniramine, an antihistamine 1 , and the opioid painkiller hydrocodone . It is prescribed to treat respiratory symptoms, such as coughs, related to allergies or colds 1 . ...

    ... include 4 : Taking more Tussionex than prescribed, taking it for longer than prescribed, or running out early. Failing to ... frequently than prescribed, can cause respiratory depression, meaning that the area of the brain ... continue reading
  • Effects of Roxicodone Addiction

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

    ... and so the dose must increase continually as well, setting the stage for a possible overdose (as tolerance to effects such a respiratory depression lag behind those of the more subjective, analgesic and euphoric effects ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Opana Use

    Is Opana Harmful? Opana is a prescription opioid pain-reliever containing the active ingredient oxymorphone. Oxymorphone is a semi-synthetic opioid agonist, meaning it binds to the opioid receptors in your brain to elicit its effects. You may have ...

    ... extended-release form (Opana ER). Opana ER is meant for individuals dealing with chronic and severe pain who are in ... most significant danger of Opana abuse is respiratory depression , or a slowing of your breathing that ... 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 ...

    ... 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 having ... 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 ...

    ... having to remember take medication on a daily basis. Here's Another Option The second option for fighting opiate addiction comes in the form of a vaccine. Scientists at The Scripps Research Institute recently developed ... continue reading
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