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  • Cocaine Overdose : Signs and Symptoms

    Signs and Symptoms of Cocaine Overdose When a person abuses cocaine, their body experiences a number of sensations and physiologic changes, all relating back to its strong stimulant effects. These effects can spiral out of control when a person uses ...

    ... you or someone close to you needs treatment. What to Do in Case of Cocaine Overdose If you notice the signs and symptoms of cocaine overdose in yourself or someone else, call 911 right away to get emergency medical help ... continue reading
  • Drug Overdose Signs and Symptoms

    Drug abuse always carries the risk of serious side effects, including overdose. Whether you abuse alcohol, an illegal drug such as cocaine, or medications prescribed by a doctor—such as opioid painkillers—addiction development will always be a ...

    ... of recognizing the signs and symptoms of a drug overdose so you can get the help you or a loved one needs—and possibly save a life. Signs and Symptoms of Drug Overdose The physical and psychological signs of a drug ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Oxycodone Abuse

    If you are concerned about yourself or someone else who has been combining alcohol and oxycodone, it is no surprise. These two substances should never be combined, as doing so heightens the dangers inherent to each individual substance. Alcohol and ...

    ... consequences of concurrent alcohol and oxycodone use, including potential overdose or death. Using both ... is important that you become familiar with the common signs and symptoms of not just oxycodone abuse , but when ... continue reading
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  • Gabapentin Abuse: Symptoms, Effects, Overdose & Treatment

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

    ... thoughts and behaviors . If you or a loved one is taking gabapentin, be aware of warning signs of ... or increase these symptoms. 2 Can You Overdose on Gabapentin? Like opiates, you can fatally overdose on gabapentin. 4 ... continue reading
  • Symptoms and Signs of Substance Abuse

    How to tell if Someone is Using Drugs Drug use affects people from all walks of life and all socioeconomic statuses. Whatever the reason a person starts taking drugs, whether recreationally or as prescribed, tolerance, patterns of increased use, ...

    ... potentially fatal overdose. 3 Changes in appearance can be additional clues to possible drug use and may include ... below to find out some characteristic signs and symptoms of abuse and addiction for that substance. You can ... 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 ...

    ... emergency medical help can be sought as soon as possible. Signs and Symptoms of Percocet Overdose Overdosing on Percocet can be life-threatening. If recognized and treated quickly, however, a person may reduce the extent ... continue reading
  • Flexeril Overdose

    Flexeril, a branded form of cyclobenzaprine, is a muscle relaxant that can treat musculoskeletal pain and stiffness such as that associated with muscle spasms. This drug works by decreasing somatic motor activity 1 , thereby relieving the discomfort ...

    ... medical attention immediately if you or someone you know has taken too much, since an overdose can be fatal. Overdose signs and symptoms should not be treated at home or anywhere other than a medical facility. Going to ... 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 ...

    ... 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 dose ... continue reading
  • Crack Overdose

    Crack cocaine is the term for cocaine that has been processed with weak bases such as baking soda or ammonium salts, resulting in a hard “rock” form 1 . While very similar in nature and effects, it is a much more potent form of cocaine—in ...

    ... in 2014 from crack/cocaine overdose. Knowing the signs and symptoms of crack overdose may help save a life 3 . Signs and Symptoms of Crack Overdose When a person experiences an overdose, their body becomes pathologically ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Norco Abuse

    Norco, which is the brand name for hydrocodone is a narcotic pain reliever. If you are misusing Norco, your body may be dependent on the drug, ultimately resulting in addiction. Concurrent alcohol and Norco abuse occurs when someone is using both ...

    ... such as dangerous side effects, symptoms of addiction and how to get support for recovery, are discussed below. Signs and Symptoms There are many signs associated with alcohol use and addiction , as well as abusing ... continue reading
  • Kratom Overdose

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

    ... matter how long you have used drugs, recovery is always possible. Learn about recovery options now. Signs and Symptoms of Kratom Overdose Kratom has been on the DEA's list of drugs of concern for several years because of ... 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 ...

    ... painkillers like codeine are a risk factor for heroin abuse. Signs and Symptoms Codeine induces a sense of euphoria and relaxation, while a codeine overdose occurs when you ingest enough of the drug to cause dangerous ... continue reading
  • Ambien Overdose

    Ambien, also known by the generic name zolpidem, is a non-benzodiazepine sedative-hypnotic medication frequently prescribed to people who suffer from insomnia. Ambien works by slowing certain brain activity, encouraging sleep in those who take it 1 ...

    ... -hypnotic medications 2 . If you or someone you care about has been prescribed Ambien, be aware of the signs and symptoms of an Ambien overdose. Learn how to handle such an emergency, as well as how to prevent future ... 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 ...

    ... how to recognize the indications of a fentanyl overdose and getting professional substance abuse treatment may save a life. Signs and Symptoms of Fentanyl Overdose Fentanyl overdoses can be deadly, so it is vital that ... continue reading
  • Marijuana (Weed, Cannabis) Overdose Symptoms, Signs & Treatment

    Marijuana is a very popular drug—and a legal one in several states—yet many people don't realize it still carries risks and the possibility of harm in excessive quantities. Signs and Symptoms of Marijuana Overdose While rare, a marijuana ...

    ... in some cases. Some of these are could have an impact mentally, heart related and lead to pale skin. Signs and symptoms of marijuana overdose might include 1,2 : Extreme anxiety or panic attacks. Psychotic reactions in ... 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 any ... 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
  • Barbiturate Overdose

    Barbiturates - sedative medications that include phenobarbital , pentobarbital, secobarbital, and butalbital - have historically been used as hypnotic (sleep inducing) agents and sedating anesthetics. Though less commonly prescribed today, they ...

    ... the signs and symptoms of a barbiturate overdose and taking preventative measures can help to improve the outcome and avoid fatality. Signs and Symptoms of a Barbiturate Overdose Signs of a barbiturate overdose in ... 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
  • Ecstasy and MDMA Overdose

    Commonly used at bars and parties, club drugs are especially popular among teenagers and young adults. MDMA , a synthetic amphetamine drug also known as ecstasy or Molly, is a popular club drug 1 . With both stimulant and hallucinogenic effects , ...

    ... two often go hand-in-hand, more than a third of these visits included alcohol use. Signs and Symptoms of Ecstasy and MDMA Overdose Ecstasy produces serious side effects when taken in excess. Users may take 1-2 (sometimes ... continue reading
  • Bath Salts Overdose

    Synthetic cathinones , commonly referred to as “bath salts”, belong to a group of drugs health officials call “new psychoactive substances”. These are psychoactive drugs that mimic the effects of existing illegal drugs and have only made ...

    ... be much more intense, as MDVP is reportedly 10 times more powerful than cocaine 1 . Signs and Symptoms of Bath Salts Overdose An article from the New England Journal of Medicine noted how easy it is for individuals to ... continue reading
  • Heroin Overdose

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

    ... 5 , up from 8,200 the previous year 3 . Signs and Symptoms of Heroin Overdose Overdosing on heroin is potentially lethal and requires immediate medical attention . Signs and symptoms may vary depending on 5 : The amount ... continue reading
  • Meth Overdose

    Methamphetamine, most commonly known as “meth,” “crystal,” “speed,” and “ice,” is an addictive stimulant that causes users to experience an intense euphoric rush 1 . Meth can be smoked, snorted, injected, or consumed orally by users. ...

    ... aware of the signs and symptoms of a meth overdose is essential, as the sooner that a person experiencing an overdose receives help, the higher the chances of survival. Signs and Symptoms A meth overdose may be acute ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Ketamine Abuse

    About Alcohol and Ketamine Ketamine (also called Special K, Kit-kat, Vitamin K, Super Acid and, simply, K) is a dissociative anesthetic that - as a legitimate pharmaceutical agent - continues to be manufactured for both veterinary and human medical ...

    ... and alcohol is dangerous and can lead to an overdose brought ... Signs and Symptoms of Alcohol with Ketamine While the signs of alcohol abuse are fairly consistent, there is a relatively wider range of signs and symptoms ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Opiate Abuse

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

    ... , you increase their effects and the risk of harm and overdose. Alcohol should not be consumed when taking opiates, but combining these drugs is all too common among users. Signs and Symptoms of Alcohol with Opiates When ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Marijuana Abuse

    Marijuana is the most popular illicit drug to use simultaneously with alcohol . It is a dried, leafy plant that has small, glistening hairs. Most often smoked, marijuana can also be consumed orally when baked into foods such as brownies or cookies. ...

    ... easier to experience adverse side effects of the drug. Signs and Symptoms Alcohol and Marijuana Facts Alcohol and marijuana amplify one another's effects. Alcohol and marijuana is the most common mixture of illicit drugs ... 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 ...

    ... 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 occurs when someone takes a dose that ... continue reading
  • Inhalant Overdose

    Inhalants are a group of chemicals that users inhale to create a mind-altering experience. Many of these substances are household items—easily obtained from the local hardware store, if not already in your garage or kitchen cabinets. Often, homes ...

    ... will inhale the substance repeatedly, putting themselves at risk of overdose, oxygen deprivation, and sudden death. Signs and Symptoms of Inhalant Overdose Someone overdosing on inhalants may experience any or all of the ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Klonopin Abuse

    Each day, millions of people in the US use alcohol . Additional multitudes of people in the U.S. use Klonopin— the brand name for the benzodiazepine , clonazepam . Both substances are relatively safe when used in moderation (or as prescribed, in ...

    ... other. Simultaneous use of these substances can lead to: Overdose. Coma. Death. Signs and Symptoms of Abuse Alcohol Use Slurred speech. Mood and behavior changes. Impaired decision-making abilities. Reduced inhibitions ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol And Heroin Abuse

    Dangers of Abusing Alcohol and Heroin The dangerous combination of alcohol and heroin gets widespread publicity every year from tragedies that remind the public how alcohol amplifies the already powerful effects of heroin on the central nervous ...

    ... drink to the point of blood alcohol poisoning. Signs And Symptoms Of Alcohol With Heroin If you suspect someone in ... reported a tripling of deaths by heroin overdoses between 2008 and 2012, echoes of a larger national ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol And Cocaine Abuse

    Concurrent Alcohol And Cocaine Abuse Cocaine is a profoundly addictive stimulant drug that produces euphoria, increased energy, and talkativeness. It is most often snorted or dissolved in water and injected into a vein. Due to the short duration of ...

    ... cocaine use with alcohol can cause death from overdose at cocaine levels which are only one tenth ... and alcohol poisoning. Concurrent alcohol and cocaine use can lead to an increase in violence. Signs And Symptoms ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Ativan Abuse

    Ativan is a sedative anxiolytic, or anti-anxiety medication , with effects similar to those of other drugs in its class, such as Valium and Xanax. Ativan is the trade name for lorazepam, which is part of a class of drug called “benzodiazepines” ...

    ... increases the risk of fatal outcomes. Signs and Symptoms of Alcohol with Ativan Ativan works by ... and other benzodiazepines affect the memory and ability to think clearly. The physical effects of overdosing on alcohol and ... continue reading
  • A Closer Look at the History and Use of Cocaine

    Cocaine is a popular CNS (central nervous system) stimulant that is naturally derived from the cocoa plant, which is most commonly grown in South America's Andean region. Though its proper, chemical name is benzoylmethyl ecgonine (C17H21NO4), users ...

    ... the threat of significant legal ramifications. Learn more about the signs and symptoms of cocaine abuse . How to Get Help for Cocaine ... Relapse Cocaine Overdose Cocaine Withdrawal Drug and Alcohol Detoxification Rehab ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Tramadol Abuse

    Tramadol is scientifically known as tramadol hydrochloride, and it works as an acting analgesic (painkiller) affecting the central nervous system. Tramadol is also known by the brand names: Ultram. Ultracet. Alcohol also acts as a central nervous ...

    ... and result in intensified consequences for the user. Signs and Symptoms of Alcohol and Tramadol Use Signs of concurrent alcohol and ... Taking both alcohol and tramadol increases the potential for a drug overdose , as the ... continue reading
  • LSD Overdose

    LSD is a hallucinogen drug capable of altering thoughts and perceptions in those who use it, including pseudo-hallucinations and synesthesias—a condition where they see and hear things that are not real, while others report being able to hear ...

    ... or from a piece of LSD-impregnated gelatin or paper placed on the tongue 2,3 . Signs and Symptoms of LSD Overdose When someone takes too much LSD, they may experience terrifying hallucinations , but technically a person ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Steroid Abuse

    Anabolic steroids are synthetic drugs that mimic some of the hormonal effects that testosterone has on the body. They are sometimes used to prevent the loss of healthy body mass seen in chronic, 'wasting' conditions such as AIDS and some forms of ...

    ... risk of accidents, violence, and suicide. Signs and Symptoms Anabolic steroids differ from other ... more in one sitting—increasing their risk of alcohol poisoning and overdose. It also found that 90% of the alcohol that ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Ritalin Abuse

    Over the years, there has been an increase in the misuse of alcohol and certain prescription drugs such as Ritalin. Ritalin—which is the trade name for methylphenidate—is a stimulant often used as a treatment for attention-deficit/hyperactivity ...

    ... increased, along with the risk of overdose. How Combining Alcohol and Ritalin Confuses the Body A major ... and deterioration of health, relationships and work/school performance. Signs of Ritalin Abuse Signs and symptoms ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and DXM Abuse

    Alcohol and DXM are both potentially addictive substances. Problematic use of each can lead to a range of negative health effects. When taken together, their effects are heightened, and the dangers of each are potentiated, and so is the danger. The ...

    ... . Signs and Symptoms Gaining awareness of the signs and symptoms of alcohol use, DXM abuse and the ... ; constricted pupils in overdose situations. Nystagmus or other involuntary eye movement. Signs of alcohol abuse include ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Suboxone and Alcohol and Abuse

    About Alcohol and Suboxone Alcohol Alcohol is the most commonly abused substance by both teenagers and adults in the United States, according to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC). In fact, the CDC found that in any given month, 25% of high ...

    ... difficult to discern the signs and symptoms of Suboxone abuse . However, some signs may include: Changing ... and death (Dart et al., 2015). If an individual is suspected to have overdosed on Suboxone or are showing symptoms ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Codeine Abuse

    Codeine phosphate is an opioid analgesic drug — otherwise known as a painkiller or narcotic. It is a relatively mild narcotic, but when used in large amounts, it can still be quite dangerous. Typically, codeine is prescribed to treat mild to ...

    ... increase the potential for a drug overdose . Alcohol inhibits the metabolism of codeine or other opioids, thereby increasing codeine's effects (Swift, 2008; Hall 1996). Signs and Symptoms of Alcohol with Codeine There ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Vicodin Abuse

    Alcohol and Vicodin can both be harmful to your health, but when used together, the negative effects can build upon each other. Vicodin, which contains hydrocodone and acetaminophen, is a prescription opioid used to manage a number of acute pain ...

    ... can potentially be fatal. Signs and Symptoms Alcohol and Vicodin each have depressant effects on a user's breathing. When taken together, these effects amplify and increase the risk of overdose. It's extremely dangerous ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Percocet Abuse

    Percocet is the brand name for a mixture of oxycodone , one of the strongest opioids, and acetaminophen , the main component in over-the-counter fever reducers like Tylenol. An opioid is a synthetic derivative of opium, and it is commonly used in ...

    ... al., 2015). Signs and Symptoms of Alcohol with Percocet The visible effects of alcohol and Percocet abuse are ... in accidental overdose (FDA, 2013). Roughly 400 deaths a year are related to acetaminophen overdose (FDA, ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and PCP Abuse

    The National Institute on Drug Abuse describes PCP as a serious and illegal hallucinogen that started as a clinical sedative and anesthetic, but was discontinued and made illegal upon discovery of its extremely negative and unpredictable effects. In ...

    ... alcohol can lead to overdose and coma. It has a strong effect on the user's perception of pain and can convince them ... Rocket fuel Peace pill and many others Signs and Symptoms of Abuse Alcohol and PCP are very different ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Methadone Abuse

    It's important to know the facts about drinking and methadone. Alcohol and methadone can both cause a range of profound effects and both substances have the potential to cause addiction. Combining these two substances can be even more devastating ...

    ... the potential for overdose. Signs and Symptoms Alcohol and methadone abuse each come with specific signs and symptoms. However, when used together, some of these symptoms can overlap and become worse and more obvious ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Lortab Abuse

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

    ... Signs and Symptoms of Concurrent Abuse Alcohol and Lortab abuse each present with their own their own individual effects and symptoms . However, some of these symptoms ... from accidentally overdosing or becoming dependent ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol And Crack Abuse

    Concurrent Alcohol And Crack Abuse In the mid-1980s, crack cocaine use exploded across the United States. In 1974, 5 million people had tried cocaine. By 1985, more than 22 million people had tried cocaine, with more than half of them reporting ...

    ... in some cases, can result in sudden death. Signs And Symptoms Crack speeds up the body's metabolism, which means ... crack and alcohol speeds up the heart rate to an incredible and dangerous level. The chances of overdosing ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Bath Salts Abuse

    Bath Salts: A Dangerous Synthetic Drug Even though few people mention “bath salts” when they discuss addictive drugs, this new misnamed category has grown astronomically in popularity over the past several years. “Bath salts” are actually ...

    ... known to produce overdoses due to its highly addictive properties and MDPV causes changes ... features paranoia, depression and agitation — along with a craving for the euphoria again. Signs And Symptoms If you are watching ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Lorazepam Abuse

    Although lorazepam and alcohol can both be safe when consumed appropriately, concurrent abuse can quickly lead to the need for immediate medical treatment. Facts about drinking and lorazepam clearly indicate that it is never safe to mix these two ...

    ... if that use is closely monitored by a doctor. Signs and Symptoms of Alcohol with Lorazepam Lorazepam and alcohol abuse can present very similar signs and symptoms . This similarity can be dangerous, as it becomes more ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Morphine Abuse

    It is never safe to mix alcohol with other medications. Morphine, an opiate, can be particularly dangerous when mixed with alcohol, given its ability to intensify the effects of alcohol intoxication . Alcohol and morphine facts and information ...

    ... abuse each present with their own signs and symptoms. However, some of these symptoms appear to be very similar to each other and can manifest similarly in an individual who has overdosed. Alcohol abuse alone may cause ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Meth Abuse

    Methamphetamine is a potent stimulant that produces both an addictive high and a slew of negative effects. When combined with alcohol, the effects may be even more harmful. Meth is a fine, odorless, white powder that is typically smoked, snorted, or ...

    ... National Council on Alcoholism and Drug Dependence (NCADD). Signs and Symptoms Recognizing a meth and alcohol habit early on ... be dangerous and life-threatening when abused independently, the risk of overdose increases ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Amphetamine Abuse

    The Problem of Alcohol and Amphetamine Abuse Just because two substances can each be obtained legally does not mean that they are safe together. The risk associated with alcohol and amphetamine use increases when these addictive substances are used ...

    ... those reports, the majority were unintentional overdoses. 3 deaths were confirmed from amphetamine ... prescription in a safe, locked location. Signs and Symptoms Effects of Amphetamine Abuse Cardiovascular issues including ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Phenobarbital Abuse

    The Problem of Alcohol and Phenobarbital Abuse Phenobarbital (trade name: Luminal) is a prescription barbiturate that is used primarily as an anticonvulsant to treat patients with seizures. Phenobarbital has been used to treat many different types ...

    ... these risks. Signs and Symptoms The combination of phenobarbital and alcohol intensifies each ... The National Institutes of Health (NIH) reports that overdosing on barbiturates like phenobarbital, either alone or combined ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Fentanyl Abuse

    Alcohol and Fentanyl Abuse Alcohol and fentanyl are drugs of dependence that are dangerous and highly addictive. Frequent or long-term use can result in many negative consequences, including death. Concurrent substance use disorders involving ...

    ... consequences of the drugs and can lead to death. Signs and Symptoms Fentanyl Use Nausea. Constipation ... overdoses that resulted in fatalities involved simultaneous use of other drugs , including alcohol. Fentanyl and ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Valium Abuse

    There are several alcohol and Valium facts that everyone should know. Like alcohol, Valium is a central nervous system depressant. Valium is typically used to treat anxiety, panic attacks, insomnia and seizures. Although Valium can be used to get ...

    ... taken in conjunction with alcohol, and mixing the two drugs together can lead to overdose and even death. If an individual ... facility or at a rehab facility. Signs and Symptoms of Alcohol with Valium Individuals abusing ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Painkiller Abuse

    Opioids are some of the most commonly abused prescription drugs. They include oxycodone , hydrocodone , meperidine (Demerol) , and many others. The demographics of those who abuse painkillers transcend the stereotypes of typical drug addicts. Opioid ...

    ... interplay. Concurrent use can hasten an overdose due to a synergy in respiratory depression. There are many different signs and symptoms that someone is abusing alcohol and opioid painkillers that include: Periods of ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Ultram Abuse

    The Problem of Alcohol and Ultram Abuse Abusing Ultram and alcohol together can have harmful effects on one another, leading to increased risk of serious side effects. The prescription drug Ultram (generic name: tramadol) is a pain reliever with ...

    ... Ultram overdose. Both drugs depress the central nervous system and can synergize additional negative effects. Most people cannot tolerate their usual alcohol intake when also taking Ultram. Signs and Symptoms of ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Methylphenidate Abuse

    Many people use methylphenidate to improve their lives and help manage certain mental health symptoms. However, many abuse this drug in an attempt to achieve a high or even to alleviate their symptoms more than the prescribed dose will. Further, ...

    ... are combined, dangers involving overdosing and alcohol poisoning exist, since methylphenidate can decrease the user's perception of drunkenness. Signs and Symptoms Methylphenidate Increased blood pressure. Irregular ... continue reading
  • Pay Attention: 7 Red Flags of a Xanax Overdose

    Shannon was feeling even more anxious than usual, so she picked up her Xanax bottle and popped an extra pill. The doctor said to take it only as prescribed, but she figured an extra one wouldn't hurt. Feeling calmer, she decided to drive over to her ...

    ... signs of overdose and called 911. Unlike Shannon's friend, a lot of us wouldn't recognize the signs of a Xanax overdose ... exhibits any of the above symptoms, you've got a potential overdose situation on your hands. Whether ... continue reading
  • A Look at the Physical Anatomy of an Overdose

    A drug overdose occurs when the body has been overloaded with either prescription medication or an illicit substance. Under normal circumstances, our body's metabolism would be able to detoxify the substance in order to avoid its potentially harmful ...

    ... . Along with respiratory depression, two additional signs of an opiate overdose include small, contracted pupils and unconsciousness. Respiratory depression, being the most alarming symptom, is the last to occur in the ... continue reading
  • Taking Action: How to Intervene During an Overdose

    Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of accident death in the United States. According to the Centers of Disease Control (CDC), 43,982 drug overdose deaths occurred in 2013 across the nation. That's two times the amount of overdose deaths a ...

    ... feel something is wrong, it probably is. Signs and Symptoms by Drug Let's take a look at the steps you should take when someone has overdosed. Depressant Overdose Opiates and benzodiazepines ( heroin , Oxycontin, Valium ... continue reading
  • Legalizing Marijuana Decreases Fatal Opiate Overdoses, Study Shows

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

    ... key. Over the past two decades, deaths from drug overdoses have become the leading cause of injury death in the ... Tetrahydrocannabivarin (THCV) Learn more about the signs and symptoms of prescription drug abuse . How to ... continue reading
  • Outlook on Opiate Abuse: There’s Good News and Bad News

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

    ... 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
  • 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, ...

    ... 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 a dose of oxycodone that ... continue reading
  • Xanax Overdose, Risks and How Much it Costs

    What is Xanax? Xanax (generic name alprazolam) is a fast-acting benzodiazepine drug and central nervous system depressant—a grouping that includes several other sedative, hypnotic, and anxiolytic drugs. 1,2 When taken as prescribed, Xanax can be ...

    ... and can even lead to overdose if mixed with other substances. Can You Overdose on Xanax? Yes, it is possible to overdose ... Use? Signs and symptoms of Xanax misuse can impact many facets of your life and may include ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Xanax Abuse

    Facts on Alcohol and Xanax Alprazolam (brand name Xanax) is an anxiolytic prescription medication. Xanax is used to treat anxiety and panic disorders. It belongs to the benzodiazepine class of drugs and is a central nervous system (CNS) depressant. ...

    ... and coma. Signs & Symptoms of Mixing Xanax and Alcohol There are several signs and symptoms of concurrent Xanax and ... blood pressure. Faint heart beat. Signs/symptoms of overdose: Extreme drowsiness. Confusion. Problems ... continue reading
  • Understanding Naloxone and Narcan

    Naloxone, also known by brand names such as Narcan and Kloxxado, can be a lifesaving medication when used promptly in cases of opioid overdose. 1 If you or someone you care about takes prescription opioid medication or uses illicit opioids such as ...

    ... illicit opioids, as well as their friends and family members, should be aware of the signs of opioid overdose so they can take action in the event of an overdose. 8 The three key symptoms to look for, referred to as the ... continue reading
  • Concurrent Alcohol and Ambien Abuse

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  • Effects of Crystal Meth Use and Abuse

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    ... and complexity. Signs of long-term crystal meth abuse include: More persistent psychotic symptoms-including delusions, paranoia, and ... high and will take ever-increasing amounts, placing themselves at risk for overdose and ... continue reading
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    ... does not replace a clinical diagnosis from a professional, the results can be helpful in recognizing the signs and symptoms of alcohol misuse. MAST: Michigan Alcohol Screen Test The MAST is a widely used assessment tool ... continue reading
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  • Concurrent Alcohol and Inhalant Abuse

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  • Concurrent Alcohol and Adderall Abuse

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  • Marijuana Use and Abuse

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  • The Scary Facts About Designer Drugs and Legal Highs

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  • Concurrent Alcohol and Concerta Abuse

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  • Post-traumatic Stress Disorder and Substance Abuse

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  • Record-Breaking Number of Overdoses Traced Back to Bad Heroin

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  • Sedative Detox and Withdrawal

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  • Can You Stay Calm…and Trash the Benzos?

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  • Overdosed

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  • Overdoses Visualized

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  • Mental Health and Drug Abuse

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  • Anxiety and Substance Abuse

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  • Methadone and Suboxone: What’s the Difference Anyway?

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  • Decade of Drug Overdose

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