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  • 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 ...

    ... 18,000 people died of an opioid medication overdose 1 , so recognizing the symptoms of an overdose could help save your life or that of someone you know. Signs and Symptoms of Opioid Overdose When a person takes a higher ... continue reading
  • Can You Overdose on Painkillers?

    Some of the most predominantly prescribed pain management medications are opioid analgesics (painkillers). These prescription drugs interact with opioid receptors throughout the brain, initiating a chain of events that ultimately brings pain relief ...

    ... at severe risk for opioid overdose, which can be fatal. Signs and Symptoms The World Health Organization describes an “opioid overdose triad” of 3 major symptoms that indicate overdose on opioids. These are: Constricted ... 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, ...

    ... on how they can recognize symptoms of opioid misuse and reduce the risk of death by identifying the signs of an overdose and reversing it with lifesaving opioid overdose drug, Naloxone. Many medical professionals ... continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    ... Lead to Heroin Use? Evidence suggests that any kind of opioid abuse raises the risk of eventual heroin use 6 . ... lack of oxygen 1 . Other signs and symptoms of a hydrocodone overdose include 1 : Extreme sleepiness that ... continue reading
  • Percocet Overdose

    What is Percocet? Percocet is an opioid painkiller medication containing oxycodone and acetaminophen 1 . When abused, it has a high potential for deadly overdose . In fact, in 2015 nearly 18,000 people died due to overdose on opioid painkillers like ...

    ... died due to overdose on opioid painkillers like Percocet 2 . It is important to know the indicators of a Percocet overdose so that emergency medical help can be sought as soon as possible. Signs and Symptoms of Percocet ... 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 ...

    ... and mouth. Can Snorting It Cause an Overdose? Yes. Snorting methadone can cause an overdose. In fact, the CDC reports that methadone is one of the top 3 drugs involved in prescription opioid overdose deaths 12 . Signs ... 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 . ...

    ... physical and mental health effects, overdose, and death . Signs and Symptoms of Abuse There are some signs and symptoms you ... Tussionex abuse can be classified as an opioid use disorder , and can range from mild to severe. ... 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 ...

    ... 2002). The abuse of opioid drugs like Demerol is ... Overdose. Death. Recognizing the signs and symptoms of Demerol abuse can prevent severe negative consequences from occurring. Signs and Symptoms The signs and symptoms ... 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, ...

    ... you understand: What tramadol is. Signs of tramadol abuse. Symptoms of tramadol withdrawal and overdose. Treatment for tramadol addiction. What is Tramadol? Tramadol is an opioid analgesic prescribed to help manage pain ... 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 ...

    ... reps and policy-makers. Today, the U.S. is still embroiled in a rampant epidemic of opioid addiction ... and injecting the pills, significantly increasing the risk of overdose. Some signs and symptoms of an Opana overdose ... 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 ...

    ... symptoms (i.e., intermittent withdrawal symptoms). The behavioral and psychological signs of opioid ... ,000 overdose-related deaths in 2019 involved opioids. 17 People may face an increased risk of opioid overdose when ... 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 ...

    ... morphine use and the signs and symptoms of overdose. Abuse of most substances produce noticeable signs and symptoms. Learn how to identify the physical or behavioral symptoms. Signs and Symptoms of Morphine Overdose Even ... continue reading
  • Oxycodone Overdose

    Oxycodone is a semi-synthetic opioid painkiller that is available in a range of doses and formulations (brand names include OxyContin, Percocet, Percodan, and Roxicet). Individuals who abuse oxycodone are at high risk of experiencing an overdose, ...

    ... people died due to an overdose on opioid medications like oxycodone 1 . If signs of an overdose are caught and treated quickly, however, there is a much better chance of recovery. Signs and Symptoms When a person ingests ... continue reading
  • Methadone Overdose

    Some see it as merely replacing one addiction with another, however others see it as the lesser of two evils since, unlike street drugs, methadone may be legally prescribed and requires ongoing medical supervision. In a perfect world, both addiction ...

    ... is possible. Get help now. Signs and Symptoms of Methadone Overdose People use methadone for 3 reasons: to help manage opioid dependence; to treat severe pain in opioid-tolerant patients as prescribed by a doctor ... 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 ...

    ... pharmaceutical drug use, 1/3 were there because of opioids 2 . Used for pain management, controlling diarrhea, ... abuse. Signs and Symptoms Codeine induces a sense of euphoria and relaxation, while a codeine overdose occurs ... 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 ...

    ... people died due to overdose on opioids like fentanyl 2 . Learning how to recognize the indications of a fentanyl overdose and getting professional substance abuse treatment may save a life. Signs and Symptoms of Fentanyl ... continue reading
  • Tramadol Overdose

    Tramadolis the generic name for the drug Ultram, which is an opioid painkiller medication prescribed to treat moderate to moderately severe pain in adults 1 . Opioid medications have a high addiction potential, and overdose can be deadly—in fact, ...

    ... died in 2015 due to opioid painkiller overdose 2 . Learning how to recognize the symptoms of a tramadol overdose may one day mean the difference between life and death. Signs and Symptoms People who abuse tramadol in ... 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 ...

    ... in excess 3,4 . In 2015 alone, nearly 18,000 people died of overdose on opioid painkillers like Vicodin 5 . Knowing the signs and symptoms may help save a life. Prescription painkillers are all-too-often abused for their ... 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 ...

    ... and overwhelm the brain. Symptoms of a Percocet overdose may include 1 : Muscle weakness. Cold and clammy ... your loved one in their journey to recovery. Continued opioid use causes changes in the brain that makes quitting ... 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, ...

    ... died in 2014 from opioid pain reliever overdose 2 . The signs of fentanyl overdose may include 2,4 : Cyanosis (blue tint to lips and nails). Extreme drowsiness. Profound disorientation and confusion. Small pupils. Cold ... 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 ...

    ... or addicted to prescription opioids 5 . Signs and Symptoms Of Roxicodone Abuse When ... overdoses from a prescription opioid like Roxicodone. From 1999 to 2014, 165,000 people died from prescription opioid overdose ... 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 ...

    ... , you might notice discarded syringes and other injection-related paraphernalia (syringe caps, tourniquet materials, spoons, lighters, etc.). In some cases, the symptoms of opioid painkiller abuse can be very subtle ... 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, ...

    ... . 3, 4, 7, 11 Long-term use of opioids may also increase the risk for developing an addiction and/or lead to an overdose. 3 Signs and Symptoms of Prescription Opioid Addiction It can be difficult to identify when someone ... 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, ...

    ... opioids, or benzodiazepines like Valium , also contributes significantly to increased risk of overdose 5 . According to the Substance Abuse and ... marked by 2 : Flu-like symptoms. Restlessness. Strong cravings that encourage ... 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 ...

    ... ). Any misuse of prescription opioids increases the risk of overdose, and opioid overdose is a major concern in ... drug-free life are the unwanted and uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms that present when someone who is ... 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) ...

    ... attempt to recreate these feelings. Not all signs and symptoms of abuse are pleasurable, however. Side ... overdose. Visit our Effects of Hydromorphone Use page to learn the signs. How Dangerous is Hydromorphone? Opioids ... 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 ...

    ... opioids that you know the signs of an overdose: 7 Looking very pale and feeling clammy. Blue or purple fingernails and lips. Body going limp. Vomiting and ... a predictable set of symptoms and requires treatment to overcome. ... 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 ...

    ... opioids that you know the signs of an overdose: 7 Looking very pale and feeling clammy. Blue or purple fingernails and lips. Body going limp. Vomiting and ... a predictable set of symptoms and requires treatment to overcome. ... 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 ...

    ... they have a raised tolerance to opioids and want a more potent drug, and overdoses due to fentanyl are on the ... situations Develop a tolerance to the drug Have withdrawal symptoms if the drug is stopped How to Approach a ... 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 ...

    ... opioid medication overdose in 2015 alone 4 . Knowing how to identify the symptoms of a hydrocodone overdose may save your life or that of someone you love. Signs and Symptoms of Hydrocodone Overdose Hydrocodone overdose ... 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 ...

    ... users, and overdoses from heroin. In fact, as opioid prescriptions rose, numbers of people trying and getting hooked ... effects. Suffering from withdrawal symptoms in the absence of oxy. Other signs you may have noticed in ... 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 ...

    ... numerous names including: Hillbilly heroin. Perks. Percs. Signs and Symptoms of Percocet Abuse One way to spot Percocet abuse ... the survey. Related Resources on Percocet Percocet Overdose How To Help A Percocet Addict 5 ... 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 ...

    ... contribute to high rates of relapse and overdose . Fact: The length of ... symptoms. Opioid withdrawal can include: 32 Nausea. [li}Vomiting. Sweating. Joint aches. Insomnia. Agitation. Tremors. Goosebumps and fever are signs ... 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 ...

    ... antagonizing compound that may result in immediate heroin withdrawal symptoms, naloxone is used to discourage opioid abuse and reverse symptoms of overdose. It is included with buprenorphine in the combination treatment ... 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” ...

    ... of the body's natural opioid neuropeptides, including endorphins, which ... and over the course of time. Short-term Effects Overdose Risk Abusing opiates can increase the individual's risk of overdose. Signs of overdose ... 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 ...

    ... or in combination with other opioids, benzodiazepines or alcohol . Signs and Symptoms At 30 minutes, the ... to methadone use. From 1999 to 2005, methadone overdose deaths increased by about 460%. Teen Methadone Abuse ... 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 ...

    ... opioids—between 50 and 100 stronger than morphine—so ACTIQ must be administered carefully. When people abuse it and/or try to increase doses on their own, they results may be lethal 2 . Signs and symptoms of overdose ... 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 ...

    ... , and sleep aids 1 . People experiencing an overdose of hydromorphone need to seek immediate emergency care. Naloxone, an opioid antagonist , may be used in an overdose situation to reverse life-threatening symptoms 2 ... 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 ...

    ... use after a period of abstinence, during which opioid tolerance has decreased. A person experiencing a morphine overdose may display one or more of the following symptoms 1 : Significantly slowed, shallow, or irregular ... 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 ...

    ... drugs in the opioid category. Overdose also is sometimes seen in those who have quit using Dilaudid long enough for tolerance to subside, and then relapse with a dose of drug that is too high or even lethal. Symptoms of ... continue reading
  • Side Effects of Demerol Use

    Is Demerol Harmful? The use of Demerol and other prescription opioids is widespread. In 2012, 259 million prescriptions were written for painkillers, per the Centers for the Disease Control (CDC). The CDC estimates that enough prescriptions were ...

    ... overdose, according to the CDC. The signs of a Demerol overdose include: Cold and clammy skin. Bluish tinge to lips, tongue and ... withdrawal symptoms and ease discomfort in some cases: Methadon e is an opioid agonist ... 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 ...

    ... As with other opioid drugs, methadone abuse can lead to addiction, overdose, and even death. ... and the risk of unpleasant withdrawal symptoms are minimized. What Are the Signs of Addiction? One of the key signs of abuse and ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Percocet Addict

    Help for Percocet Addicts If you're battling an addiction to Percocet (the combination of acetaminophen and oxycodone - an opiate-derived pain reliever ), you're not alone. According to the 2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health, approximately ...

    ... and can reverse opioid overdose). Due to the inclusion of naloxone, injecting this drug can result in near-instant opioid receptor blockade, causing the immediate onset of withdrawal symptoms. Addiction treatment ... continue reading
  • Oxycodone Abuse

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

    ... to develop a heroin abuse problem . Signs and Symptoms When someone uses oxycodone they will experience a range of signs and symptoms related to its activity at opioid receptors throughout the body—essentially depressing ... continue reading
  • Opana Abuse

    Opana is the trade name for the prescription medication, oxymorphone, a semi-synthetic opioid painkiller. In various formulations, oxymorphone has been available on the US pharmaceutical market since 1959. In 2006, the FDA approved two new ...

    ... . Pink lady. Signs and Symptoms The most noticeable signs and symptoms of Opana abuse are ... opioid overdose than their female counterparts (Calcaterra, Glanz, & Binswanger, 2013). Overdosing on Opana can lead to death, and ... 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, ...

    ... frequently reserved for already opioid-tolerant patients (those already ... overdose. Long-term Effects of Fentanyl Some long-term psychosocial effects of Fentanyl abuse may be showing signs of poor judgment in both work and ... 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 ...

    ... Signs and Symptoms If you are worried about yourself or a loved one, you need to watch for certain signs of dependency. Symptoms ... accounted for 75 percent of pharmaceutical overdoses in 2008. 15,000 recreational users ... 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 ...

    ... opioid tolerance has decreased significantly over the abstinent period. Also, the severe depression related to the later stages of withdrawal can place the individual at risk of self-injury or suicide. Signs and Symptoms ... 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 ...

    ... it can lead to several adverse effects, including overdose and death in high doses 1 . Tussionex should not ... addiction can be classified as an opioid use disorder. The signs and symptoms of this condition include 9 : ... continue reading
  • Dealing with Roxicodone Addiction

    The risk of addiction is not limited to the use of illicit substances like heroin or cocaine. Legal drugs have the potential to cause devastating addiction, as well, even if they were initially legitimately prescribed. The Substance Abuse and Mental ...

    ... can be given without the risk of the same highs and lows that the abused opioid drug can cause. In this manner, it can reduce withdrawal symptoms and lower cravings and, in most cases, will be slowly tapered until full ... 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 ...

    ... heroin and other opiates. Abuse of the drug can be dangerous and potentially fatal. Overdose and death can ... for Dilaudid addiction , however, is possible. Signs and Symptoms It can sometimes be difficult for an individual ... 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 ...

    ... get treatment. Call to speak to someone today. Signs and Symptoms Morphine is sold under several brand names, including: ... population: For every unintentional overdose death related to an opioid analgesic; 9 people are ... 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 ...

    ... , which is a much more potent activator of opioid receptors than tramadol itself. As a result, users ... than recommended and are at increased risk for overdose. Symptoms of tramadol overdose include: Decreased ... 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 ...

    ... if used over longer periods of time. Opiate overdose accounted for more deaths in 2014 than car ... Diarrhea. Cravings. What Are the Signs of Addiction? The main symptom of opiate abuse and addiction is that you keep taking ... 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 ...

    ... symptoms. Withdrawing from opioids can be very difficult, often times leading to relapse and sometimes overdose ... use will most likely exhibit at least some outward signs of deterioration in their lives. They may have ... 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 ...

    ... and leads to the significant risk of tramadol overdose and even death. There are several considerations patients and ... physical signs and psychological signs. Physical Signs and Symptoms Numbness. Tingling. Shakes and ... 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 ...

    ... morphine and oxycodone; like many other opioid substances, it has a high potential to lead to dependency and addiction ... directed, you are abusing hydrocodone. Signs and Symptoms When taken as directed, hydrocodone ... continue reading
  • Codeine Abuse

    Overview of Codeine Abuse Codeine is an opiate drug often found in prescription-strength cough syrups, or in a combination formulation with various other analgesics (for example, with acetaminophen - under the brand name Tylenol 3). It is used ...

    ... 200 per bottle to obtain cough syrup for illegal use. Signs and Symptoms of Abuse If you think someone you are close to ... Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), almost 17,000 deaths due to overdose from ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Painkillers Addict

    Help for Painkiller Addicts Painkillers are routinely prescribed in the United States for the management of pain , but not all of them are addictive. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are often prescribed for the treatment of mild to ...

    ... involved prescription drug overdoses in 2013. More than 16,000 of these involved opioid painkillers. With this ... physical signs and symptoms of abuse of various prescription medications, visit our Signs and Symptoms of ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Vicodin Addict

    Help for Vicodin Addiction Vicodin is one of the many brand names for the combination of acetaminophen and hydrocodone . Hydrocodone is an opioid used to treat moderate and severe pain , as well as a treatment for cough. The acetaminophen is a less ...

    ... pain relievers is related to hundreds of accidents, overdoses, and deaths each year. If someone you love is ... the user off the substance while managing the symptoms and making the patient as comfortable as possible. ... 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 ...

    ... large dose and, in doing so, increase their risk of overdose. NOTE : ... Symptoms” below for more information. Signs and Symptoms In general, 90% of tramadol users will have signs and symptoms that are common to other opioids ... 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 ...

    ... so do the risks of harmful side effects and overdose. Unbeknownst to many prescription drug abusers, ... Lortab as prescribed. It could be a strong warning sign of impending dependency if, while taking Lortab as prescribed, ... continue reading
  • Lortab Abuse

    What Is Lortab? Lortab is a brand name for the drug hydrocodone. Lortab is a semi-synthetic opiate that, in large does, produces similar effects to that of OxyContin . Taken repeatedly, it can result in dependence and addiction. Initially, ...

    ... as: Dangerously decreased breathing rate. Liver problems. Depression. Similar hydrocodone medications are marketed as Norco and Zohydro . Signs and Symptoms It's important to know what to look for when you suspect you or ... 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 ...

    ... . Watching the Brain Channel The high number of deaths resulting from opioid overdose has spurred researchers to find ways to make these drugs safer. And a recent study conducted by the University of Toronto has provided ... continue reading
  • New Programs Aimed at Appalachian Opioid Crisis

    A crushing avalanche is crippling Appalachian communities, but it's not the mountainous disaster you might think. This avalanche is a deadly onslaught of opioids . In 2014, the seven Appalachian states accounted for more than a fifth of nationwide ...

    ... . These meager resources add to the challenge of fighting the opioid epidemic. All of this adds up to increased drug use and staggering rates of overdose. In addition to the main initiative, four other awards were ... continue reading
  • Who Will Win the Ohio Opioid Technology Challenge?

    $6.5 million is up for grabs. The state of Ohio recently launched its Opioid Technology Challenge, calling on healthcare providers, scientists, and entrepreneurs. The goal is to generate ideas that can be developed into solutions to curb the ...

    ... bring their innovations to life. The Birth of Innovation The Opioid Technology Challenge initiative is in response to the staggering addiction and overdose statistics we're currently experiencing across the nation. An ... 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 ...

    ... and Midwest. Meanwhile, prescription opioids were responsible for roughly 16,000 of the 23,000 overdose deaths ... from family and friends, it's a health hazard that shows no sign of slowing down. In addition, opioids were ... continue reading
  • Public Restrooms Have Become Ground Zero in Opioid Epidemic

    The opioid epidemic has impacted countless families, but according to a recent article on NPR.org , people aren't the only ones affected. Public restrooms have become the newest casualty in the midst of the drug epidemic sweeping across our country. ...

    ... . One even trained his baristas to use naloxone, the drug that reverses an opioid overdoses . Still, there's very little guidance on this issue. And with it being against the law to knowingly provide a space where people ... 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, ...

    ... secure a Schedule III classification for NKTR-181 under the Controlled Substances Act, one category lower - and safer - than most opioids, which are classified as Schedule II drugs. Could altering the chemical makeup of ... 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 ...

    ... the production of sex hormones, and also cause testosterone deficiencies in both men and women. However, sexual dysfunction is far from the only symptom associated with an opioid addiction. Opioid users can suffer from a ... continue reading
  • Naloxone Kits: Are Pharmacies Set to Combat Opiate Overdoses?

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

    ... to the ground and became unresponsive. Tragically, he was pronounced dead upon arrival at a local hospital. An opioid overdose reversal drug such as naloxone could have immediately reversed the symptoms, but he hadn ... continue reading
  • Here’s What Happened While Everyone Else Was Focused on Opiate Abuse

    With the opioid epidemic sweeping the nation, heroin and painkiller abuse have been in the spotlight for treatment providers and law enforcement. While all eyes have been focused on this front, we may have ignored another battle that needs greater ...

    ... binge on the drug for days without eating or sleeping, causing paranoid and aggressive behavior. Unlike opioids, which affect the user's breathing and can cause instant overdose and death , meth has a lower potential for ... continue reading
  • 7 Things to Know About Quitting Opioids

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

    ... of the list when it comes to drugs that cause the most harm and drug-related deaths. Worldwide, roughly 69,000 people die each year from an opioid overdose. Taking the steps to quit can prevent further harm to yourself ... continue reading
  • Opioid Hotlines

    Call Now 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 originally sourced from the opium ...

    ... every year —research by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows that opioids were involved in 47,600 deaths in 2017 alone (67.8% of all drug overdose deaths). 3 What is an Opiate Addiction Hotline? Opiate ... 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 ...

    ... the CNS. 1 Opioid overdose symptoms might include: 4 Breathing that is shallow and slow. Going to sleep. Becoming unconscious. Small pupils. Skin that is cold, pale, and/or blue. Fentanyl overdose can be treated with ... 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 ...

    ... has been added to it. This can result in immediate overdose, especially if someone uses their normal amount and expects the same effects. Opioids like fentanyl work directly on the respiratory center of the brainstem ... 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 ...

    ... . Dependence on opioids is revealed when the user experiences withdrawal symptoms when not using ... and Prevention, as many as 1 in 4 patients receiving long-term opioid treatment struggles with opioid addiction. 4 Overdose ... 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, ...

    ... s been a huge increase in the amount of opioid use and opioid abuse and dependence. In addition, there's been a really stark increase in overdose deaths related to opioid abuse,” says Dr. Chinazo Cunningham, professor of ... 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 ...

    ... .8% of the total deaths caused by unintentional overdose. Chances of addiction relapse are higher than those for ... 4 . That being said, opioid drugs may have additional profound and long-lasting changes on the functioning ... 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 ...

    ... to counteract tolerance is a significant factor in the development of addiction as well as overdose. Opioid overdose can result in respiratory depression, coma, and death . According to the CDC , 165,000 people died from ... 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 other bloodborne diseases. Can I Overdose on Prescription Opioids? Yes, it is possible to overdose on prescription opioids ... the drug for baseline functioning. Opioid withdrawal symptoms include: 4, 9 Dysphoric mood ... 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 ...

    ... opioid epidemic in the United States. Regarding prescription opioids like Roxicodone, recent research suggests not only a direct link to abuse and overdose ... emotional and medical support to better endure your symptoms. You ... 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 ...

    ... or restricted breathing. 2,5 When opioids are taken in high doses, a possible overdose can lead to the slowing or stopping of breathing—and even death. 5 Opioid Dependence, Addiction, and Abuse With continued use, people ... 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 ...

    ... life-threatening, especially in overdose situations. 1 Rapid ... opioid receptors to decreases the likelihood of continued opioid misuse. Methadone: A long-acting synthetic opioid that helps with withdrawal symptoms and ... 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 ...

    ... Overdose Symptoms of Opana overdose include: Profound respiratory depression. Cold and clammy skin. Blue tint to lips and ... health issues , such as opioid-induced depressive disorder and anxiety disorder. Today can be ... continue reading
  • Methadone Clinics

    Methadone, a prescription opioid used in the treatment of opioid dependence, is primarily used for detoxification and maintenance treatment for people struggling to overcome opioid dependence . 1,2 It helps to stabilize individuals by reducing ...

    ... individuals by reducing withdrawal symptoms and blocking the high from other opioids, thereby also often helping ... when used appropriately, misusing it may lead to an overdose. Even if the person is no longer feeling the ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Tramadol Addict

    Help for Tramadol Addiction If you have been struggling with an addiction to tramadol , or you know someone who has, finding the proper treatment program is essential. Treatment for addiction can restore your quality of life. Regardless of how long ...

    ... opioid drug oxycodone , a widely abused medication. What Are the Signs of Addiction? Tramadol users show signs ... medication. It's common for abusers to experience withdrawal symptoms when they don't take tramadol. This is ... 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 ...

    ... 2014, approximately 20,000 people died from prescription opioid overdose. An estimated 2.1 million people are ... the best care possible may be necessary. And taking a prescription opioid may not be the best option. Through ... continue reading
  • Are Prescription Painkillers as Addictive as Heroin?

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

    ... witnessed an alarming surge in teenage heroin use and overdose, per the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). ... the highly addictive nature of opioids and the intensity of their withdrawal symptoms (which sap the resolve 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 ...

    ... pain-relieving effects and also cause side effects and withdrawal symptoms not normally seen with other narcotics. Tramadol's unique effects also render the usual antidote for opioid overdose, naloxone, less effective ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Opiates on the Body

    Share on Twitter Share on Facebook They're potent, they're dangerous - and they could be in your medicine cabinet. In 2012, 259 million prescriptions for painkillers, such as Vicodin , OxyContin , and Opana, were written in the U.S. When used ...

    ... to learn how the human body reacts to abuse of opiates and heroin. A multitude of health consequences can accompany long-term ... of Opiates on the Respiratory System Overdosing on opioid painkillers or heroin can lead to ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Loved One with a Dilaudid Addiction

    How to Approach an Addict Helping a loved one with a Dilaudid addiction can be incredibly challenging. It is important to be supportive and helpful without enabling your loved one to continue using. Some tips from the National Council on Alcoholism ...

    ... National Library of Medicine. (2017). Opioid Abusers at Higher Death Risk When ... and experience wide-ranging withdrawal symptoms when suddenly lowering or stopping use. What Are the Signs of Addiction? Some common signs ... continue reading
  • Using Painkillers When Pregnant

    Prescription painkillers, or opioids, are commonly used to treat pain. Opioid painkillers include drugs such as hydrocodone (Vicodin), oxycodone (OxyContin), codeine, and morphine. In addition to their inclusion in the many opioid analgesic ...

    ... or taking opioids too frequently can result in respiratory depression, coma, and overdose. 11 ... may need medicines such as morphine and methadone to help treat their withdrawal symptoms. In some cases, a second ... 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 ...

    ... easily turn to heroin addiction. Learn about treatment and start your new life today. Signs and Symptoms An opioid use disorder is characterized by the Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders, Fifth Edition ... 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 ...

    ... drug's ability to act on the opioid receptors in the body (and for extended periods, with some formulations) ... a way to help prevent full withdrawal symptoms, reduce cravings and reduce the risks of continued substance use ... 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 ...

    ... A long-acting synthetic opioid agonist medication. It is used to prevent withdrawal symptoms and help curb cravings. The ... , lack of motivation and withdrawal symptoms upon cessation of use are also signs of addiction . In ... 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 ...

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

    ... findings demonstrate how sleep disturbance is a risk factor in drug addiction recovery. And with the number of opioid-related overdoses having quadrupled since 1999, this is a pretty significant discovery - one that ... continue reading
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