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  • 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, ...

    ... the substance for reasons other than prescribed. Using tramadol in ways other than prescribed, such as crushing and snorting it, to increase the effects/to get high. Is tramadol the new OxyContin? Read more about the ... 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, ...

    ... can quickly block and reverse the dangerous effects of opioid overdose , which may save the person's life. Preventing Tramadol Overdose Getting help for a tramadol abuse problem is the first step toward preventing ... 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 ...

    ... studies have shown that high doses of tramadol have similar effects to oxycodone, an opioid painkiller with a ... hours. However, abusers quickly discovered that by snorting or injecting crushed OxyContin tablets, they could ... continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    ... safe due to its low potential for abuse, addiction to tramadol has been a growing problem in the US and around the ... When the drug is abused, it has desired effects similar to other opiates including: Feelings of euphoria. ... 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 ...

    ... for a long period of time. Tramadol can have numerous detrimental and addictive effects when misused. In fact, when taken in high doses, tramadol can produce effects similar to the stronger opioid drug oxycodone ... 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), ...

    ... , nausea, anxiety, sweating and insomnia. Due to its interactions with brain receptors, tramadol can be habit-forming. Its euphoric effects are often sought by those abusing the drug. Increased tolerance combined with ... 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 ...

    ... sleep. Runny nose. Watery eyes. Increased sweating. Frequent yawning. After some time, these effects will give way to later symptoms of tramadol withdrawal like 5,6,8 : Cramping in the abdomen. Dilated pupils. Diarrhea ... 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, ...

    ... can still occur, particularly if used for longer periods of time. 3 With long-term tramadol use, a person's brain can get used to its effects; this is known as tolerance. As a person develops tolerance, they may begin to ... 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 ...

    ... . People who have a seizure disorder should consult with their doctor prior to taking tramadol. Tramadol's effects on various neurotransmitter systems are thought to mediate a potential pro-epileptic response—in other ... continue reading
  • Ultram Abuse

    What Is Ultram? Ultram, the trade name for tramadol, is a synthetic opiate pain reliever prescribed for moderate to severe pain. It can be habit-forming and can produce unpleasant withdrawal symptoms. Ultram's potential for abuse has been ...

    ... articles for more information on Ultram abuse and recovery: Overview on the Effects of Tramadol Abuse How to Help Someone with a Tramadol Addiction You can also check out our Forum to join a supportive community ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Ultram Use

    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 a very low potential for addiction; however, its instance of abuse and dependency ...

    ... scale that, in August 2014, the FDA placed tramadol on the controlled substances list as a Schedule ... happens, users take more and more to get the same effects and often become addicted as a result. Quotes from Recovering ... 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 ...

    ... to do; 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 ... 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 ...

    ... . Help for Ultram Addicts Ultram (generic name: tramadol) is a pain medication with relatively low potential ... stop. If you or someone you know is suffering the effects of Ultram abuse, don't let another day pass without ... 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 ...

    ... side effects (shown below), snorting it brings about an all-new set of health risks. Someone snorting this ... other opioids, it can create an additive depressant effect and subject the user to serious respiratory depression ... 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 ...

    ... overdose as the user increases the amount of drug used to counteract this phenomenon of diminishing effects. Repeatedly snorting a highly addictive drug like morphine can easily give rise to physical dependence 2 . Once ... 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, ...

    ... be consuming heroin ( or other drugs) 1,6 . The speed of onset. Intensity. Duration of effects. Speed of onset. Snorting fentanyl allows the opioid to be absorbed into the bloodstream through the mucus membranes in the ... 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 ...

    ... high 2 . While any recreational use of oxycodone is dangerous due to the myriad of possible side effects, snorting may be even more dangerous as it can lead to additional serious medical complications as well as an ... 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 ...

    ... that make their pills harder to crush or dissolve. The goal here is to prevent abuse through the snorting or injection of painkillers. These efforts seem to demonstrate the drug companies' concern for public welfare, but ... continue reading
  • Snorting Vicodin

    Vicodin is the brand name for a prescription medication that is frequently used for the treatment of moderate to moderately severe pain. Vicodin is comprised of two active pain relievers 1 : Hydrocodone - an opioid pain reliever. Hydrocodone it is a ...

    ... bloodstream in the stomach and then the intestine. This effect is slow and less intense as the body proceeds ... route to the brain, wherein effects may be elicited more rapidly 5 . Does Snorting Vicodin Lead to Heroin Use? ... 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 ...

    ... that are slower to develop will last longer but provide a less euphoric influence. Effects with a faster onset (such as those achieved by snorting and injecting) come on strong, but in many cases, they will last for a ... 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 ...

    ... routes of methadone administration showed that the maximum effects of nasal intake were achieved in just 30 ... times longer (2 hours) to reach its maximum effect. When snorted, maximum levels of methadone in the user's ... 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 ...

    ... s manufacturer reformulated the drug in an effort to combat its widespread abuse. The “new” OxyContin was harder to snort and inject, as “cooking” up the crushed pill mixture simply turned it into a gooey mess. While the ... 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 ...

    ... How it is consumed (e.g., oral ingestion, snorting, injecting). Behavior while using the substance vs. behavior while ... Naltrexone —This substance works by blocking the effects of Roxicodone, reducing the temptation to use ... 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 ...

    ... various ways, including via nasal insufflation (crushing and snorting) and needle injection. In December 2011, the FDA ... and more of the drug to experience the same effects. Like other Schedule II drugs, Opana carries a ... 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 ...

    ... ingesting) generally results in slower-onset of effects, with weaker peak intensity. An average ... cheap as $10. Because most painkiller addicts ingest or snort their product, those making the initial transition to heroin ... 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 ...

    ... the risk of overdose by a significant degree. Snorting or injecting Roxicodone can also increase the risk for overdose and other severe medical complications 7 . Effects of Roxicodone Abuse Over time, Roxicodone abuse ... 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 ...

    ... important not to solely look for Percocet's side effects. There are a number of other behavioral signals ... Effects Of Percocet Snorting Percocet Additional Resources For more information, see the following articles: Effects ... 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 ...

    ... powder form for unintended routes of administration, including snorting the pills or dissolving the powder in solution ... always the case. At high enough doses, the effects of many of the prescription opioids are virtually ... 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 . ...

    ... requiring more of the drug to achieve the desired effect or high. Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when Tussionex use ... effects, which can result from crushing and snorting or injecting TussiCaps. These long-term 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 ...

    ... pills. If you abuse Opana ER by crushing, snorting, or injecting the pill, the delivery of the ... effects of depriving your brain of oxygen such as difficulties with attention and memory. The common side effect of ... 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 ...

    ... will continue to increase their doses to achieve these effects as their tolerance develops. Continually increasing the dose ... may compound the risk of overdose: Snorting or injecting the medication. Continually increasing ... continue reading
  • Dextromethorphan Abuse

    Overview of Dextromethorphan Abuse What Is DXM? Dextromethorphan (DXM or DM) is a cough suppressant and opioid derivative used in more than 100 over-the-counter medicines. Dextromethorphan is safe for ingestion and not habit-forming when taken as ...

    ... such as Coricidin HBP Cough and Cold tablets, and snort or inject it. When taken in excess doses ... with whom they are spending it. Discussing the negative effects of dextromethorphan abuse (and drug abuse in general) is ... 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 ...

    ... such drugs as Vicodin. Method of use : Methods of ingestion that have a rapid onset of effects, such as injecting or snorting , may have a higher risk of overdose than slower, metabolic methods, such as swallowing a pill ... 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 ...

    ... the drug. Users may swallow the drug in pill or liquid form or choose to snort or inject it to enhance its effects. Demerol has a history of being abused by healthcare professionals, including doctors and nurses, because ... 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 ...

    ... at once and crushing pills to inject or snort—increase the chances of developing a dependence or a experiencing an adverse reaction or overdose. Effects of Oxycodone Use Oxycodone Withdrawal Individuals who develop ... 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 ...

    ... handle and is associated with a number of dangerous health effects. It is vital to identify overdose symptoms as early as ... than intended. This can include crushing and snorting them, dissolving and injecting them, or ... 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 ...

    ... , they put themselves at risk of experiencing the dangerous effects of abuse. As abuse escalates, a Percocet user begins ... in a way other than intended, such as snorting or injecting. Combining Percocet with other drugs, ... continue reading
  • Methylphenidate Abuse

    Methylphenidate is a psycho-stimulant drug that works on the central nervous system. It is frequently prescribed as a treatment for ADHD and ADD under the brand names of Ritalin and Concerta. Methylphenidate Abuse: An Introduction Methylphenidate ...

    ... /or via methods (e.g. injection or snorting) other than those prescribed . Statistics show that ... and learn about the path to recovery . Effects of Methylphenidate Abuse Methylphenidate increases the activity of dopamine ... 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 ...

    ... action, and has a short duration of effects (so continued effect requires repeated doses). 2,4 Like morphine, ... methods other than the prescribed method (such as snorting crushed pills). Using it more often than prescribed ... 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, ...

    ... taking oxycodone in a way other than intended (snorting or injecting), taking it without a prescription, or ... . Naloxone blocks opioid receptors to instantly stop opioid effects, which may save the person's life. Getting ... 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: ...

    ... of administration of oxycodone include crushing the tablets and either snorting them, or dissolving them in aqueous solution to be injected. ? ? Desirable Effects Perceptions of less physical pain. Feelings of joy and ... 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 ...

    ... Even if a user survives a fentanyl overdose, these side effects may leave a lasting mark on the user's body if ... fentanyl in a way other than intended, such as snorting or injecting it. Combining fentanyl with other drugs, ... 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 ...

    ... and more of the drug in order to get the same effects. This is known as developing a tolerance to a substance , ... Vicodin. Faster methods of ingestion, such as snorting/insufflation or injection , may be associated with a ... 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 ...

    ... medical use of Dilaudid increased to 18,224 from 12,142. Short-Term Effects Addicts abuse hydromorphone tablets by ingesting, crushing and snorting, or dissolving them into a solution that may then may be injected. Those ... 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” ...

    ... will need a higher dose to achieve the desired effect. Tolerance fuels addiction because the addict will need ... advance to snorting or injecting them at some point in order to amplify the “high” or desired effects. These ... 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) ...

    ... greater than morphine 2 . While the opioid effects will be similar, substances containing hydromorphone are more ... other methods of administration like crushing and snorting it). Using medication that was not prescribed ... 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 ...

    ... .” However, taking excess amounts and/or snorting or shooting the drug can produce feelings similar ... to take more and more of the drug to achieve the same effects as you did before. Remember, the more you ingest of any ... 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 ...

    ... ways other than intended—they may crush the drug to snort or inject it, or they may knowingly take larger ... to achieve the desired results. It is an expected effect of regularly over-consuming certain types of drugs and ... 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 ...

    ... National Institute on Drug Abuse offer a snapshot of the epidemic that helps to emphasize just how significant its effect is 1 . The United States is one of the largest global consumers of opiates , representing almost ... 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, ...

    ... in the U.S. The drug can be injected, snorted or smoked. Abuse is associated with serious health conditions ... methadone is able to produce many of the same effects. The effects of methadone are long-lasting, working up to ... 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 ...

    ... drug in question. With a relatively metered onset of effect, and a longer half-life than many of the ... the patient will experience some of the positive opioid effects but will avoid the intense highs and crashing ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Codeine Addict

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

    ... those with long-standing abuse of codeine to experience hallucinations and delusions . This can be a scary side effect for many, and it is important to keep a close eye on someone experiencing these symptoms , as they ... 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 ...

    ... pills (for example, taking too many pills at once, or crushing them up to be snorted or injected) elicits more intense effects and increases the risk of complications. An estimated 1.9 million people in the United States ... 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, ...

    ... Doberstein, especially since science suggests the euphoric effect of opioids is influenced by their rate of ... pain. In all tests, NKTR-181's effects were the same, whether it was snorted or injected. What's the Bottom Line ... 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 ...

    ... death. Short-Term Effects As a broad class of drugs, opiates have an analgesic, or painkilling, effect on the body that ... the drug, snort or inject it, and/or mix it with other drugs in order to amplify its effects. Those ... 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 ...

    ... reward centers of the brain. The combined effect of activation on opioid receptors and heightened dopamine ... , crush or dissolve and next snort or inject the pills, releasing the effects immediately for a more intense high ... continue reading
  • Vicodin Addiction

    Vicodin addiction creates a variety of negative consequences for every person. The consequences of Vicodin use can be costly, both physically and emotionally. Like many other drugs of its kind, it is caused by the desire to enhance ones mood or at ...

    ... Vicodin Addiction Treatment starts with a thorough understanding of how the drug affects the addict and effects those around them. The misuse of Vicodin is particularly disturbing because many people, including friends ... 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 ...

    ... Vomiting Seizures Muscle spasms Exhaustion Heavy opioid users can also experience a number of side effects related to their mood, behavior and overall psychological state including: Depression Anxiety Mood swings Social ... 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 ...

    ... in the U.S. These powerful opioids, which were originally designed to alleviate or at least lessen the effects of chronic pain, are now officially responsible for an astounding 44 overdose deaths each day. Although those ... 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 ...

    ... use. (Which is why it is still illegal in the U.S.) Ibogaine can cause severe side effects , including: Ataxia (loss of control of body movements) Hallucinations Tremors Heart impairment Solution or Unsafe Substance ... 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 ...

    ... , crystal meth, crank, speed, ice, and crystal - is a potent stimulant. It causes destructive long-term effects including skin lesions, rotting teeth, and heart and kidney failure. Its use causes a sense of elation 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 ...

    ... discovery - one that could help millions in their fight to permanently kick drugs like heroin and OxyContin. Additional Reading: Addiction is an Emotional Disease With Far-Reaching Effects… Image Source: iStock 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 ...

    ... % chance of developing neonatal abstinence syndrome (NAS). NAS is a short-term syndrome that can have long lasting effects. Due to the prevalence of opioids, the incidence rate of NAS is rising. The number of babies born ... 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 ...

    ... these could signal that the user is already in the grips of an addiction to morphine. Side effects that may indicate a problem include: Nausea. Vomiting. Gastrointestinal distress Lethargy / sleepiness Alternating short ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Methylphenidate Addict

    Methylphenidate abuse is increasingly prevalent and can be an extremely hard habit to kick. Helping someone with an addiction can take time and several attempts. However, with the help and support of loved ones along with the right treatment, ...

    ... and consumed. Drugs like Ritalin and Concerta are often produced for the cocaine-like effects they can produce, which include: Increased focus. Wakefulness. Talkativeness and increased activity. Appetite suppression ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Tussionex Addict

    Tussionex is a combination of hydrocodone, an opioid painkiller and cough suppressant, and chlorpheniramine, an antihistamine which eases allergy symptoms 1 . As a cough medicine, Tussionex is frequently prescribed to both children and adults. It is ...

    ... time getting Tussionex, using it, or recovering from its effects. Frequently failing to cut back or stop using the ... take increasing doses to elicit the desired effect. Experiencing withdrawal symptoms when Tussionex use ... 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 ...

    ... need more of the drug to achieve the initial effect. Over time, the user may develop a physical ... include: Needing more of the drug to achieve the same effects. Using the drugs in a way other than prescribed. Taking ... 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 ...

    ... sometimes crush the pill into a powder and either snort or inject it to create an intense and addictive ... to connect with others and find support. Short-Term Effects of OxyContin OxyContin is an opiate painkiller. Drugs of ... continue reading
  • Take My Breath Away: A Deadly Warning About Opiates

    You've just taken an opioid painkiller . The medication travels to your brain, making the pain sensations stop. The same opiates also make you feel much calmer, offering up a bonus anti-depressing effect. And that's the good news. The bad news is ...

    ... you feel much calmer, offering up a bonus anti-depressing effect. And that's the good news. The bad news is ... prescribed with painkillers, preventing negative breathing effects. The results? Pain relief without respiratory ... 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 ...

    ... for the drug to impart its toxicity. If this effect holds true in humans, the researchers believe the vaccine ... Additional Reading: The Vicious Attack Against Suboxone Continues , Opioid side effects Image Source: iStock 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, ...

    ... as prescribed, your brain can develop a tolerance to the effects of opioids , which means a person feels they need to ... keep taking the substance to produce the same effect. 1, 2, 4, 9, 10 Tolerance commonly leads ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Dextromethorphan Use

    Dextromethorphan (DXM or DM) is commonly used to suppress coughing. You'll find it in a number of cough syrups and in cold medications (both over-the-counter and prescription). It is also sold on the street under several different names, including: ...

    ... amounts to get high, can produce short-term effect such as: Euphoria/drunk feeling. Sedation. ... DXM is snorted or injected, it can act on the body in an immediate and strong manner and can produce effects such as ... continue reading
  • Alternatives to Painkillers

    The 2012 National Health Interview Survey estimated that 126.1 million adults reported some pain in the previous 3 months, 25.3 million adults reported suffering from daily (chronic) pain, and 23.4 million reported experiencing a lot of it overall ...

    ... part of treatment, they often carry a slew of side effects as well as the danger for abuse and addiction. In ... Bachhuber, Saloner, & Cunningham). Could the analgesic effects of marijuana help ease the opioid epidemic? More ... 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 ...

    ... . Additionally, those who crush and insufflate (snort) the pills can experience painful irritation of the ... at risk of addiction to these drugs. Lasting Health Effects Chronic use or abuse of opioids such as Percocet can ... 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, ...

    ... back seat, and their personal, professional and financial situation may begin to unravel. Effects of Vicodin Abuse It doesn't take much to feel the effects of Vicodin use . Even casual users or those closely following a ... 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 ...

    ... it's hard to quantify the extent of damage in relation to oxygen deprivation and time, the common effects of overdose-related brain damage include: Memory loss and the inability to concentrate Impairment of hearing and ... 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 ...

    ... is a long-acting opioid antagonist that is used to prevent relapse . It produces no opioid effects and blocks the effects of opioids for 24-48 hours. Some people argue that using medication is substituting “ one drug for ... 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. ...

    ... is an anti-pyretic (fever reducing) analgesic, and often acts as a supplemental agent to enhance the pain-relieving effects of other drugs. Norco is classified as a Schedule II controlled substance , which means that: It ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Dextromethorphan Addict

    DXM is often abused for the euphoric effects that it can elicit when taken in larger-than-recommended doses. Because dextromethorphan is found in cough syrup and other cold and cough medicine formulations, it can frequently be found on the shelves ...

    ... : Produce drunk feelings/euphoria. Cause the user to hallucinate. Result in an out-of-body feeling. The effects of dextromethorphan above can range from mild to extreme, with the dissociative, out-of-body feeling similar ... 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 ...

    ... Being first crushed into a powder that is then snorted. Mixed with water for intravenous use. These latter ... euphoric state. Sedation. In an attempt to feel the effects above, a user may take increasing amounts of Lortab ... 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 ...

    ... drugs known as opioids, which act upon particular receptors in the brain and body to produce their effects. Heroin and prescription opioids may seem like very different drugs, but they are actually remarkably similar in ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Demerol Addict

    If you suspect that a loved one is abusing Demerol or you know someone who is trying to quit using, there are ways that you can help. How to Approach an Addict It is important to understand how to address the situation in a supportive manner. Here ...

    ... and abuse. It subdues pain and creates a euphoric feeling in the brain. With continued use, however, these effects are dulled by the development of tolerance and many users may find themselves taking more and more to get ... 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 ...

    ... is made in clandestine labs. NPF is sold illegally, and it is highly sought after because it produces heroin-like effects 1 and can be cheap for manufacturers to make. On the street, it is sold under various names, such ... 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 ...

    ... drugs. What Are the Signs of Addiction? There are numerous signs of addiction, but as with all drugs, the effects of painkiller use narrow down to a central definition: You are unable to control your drug use, even when ... 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 ...

    ... so always approach with care. If possible, try and talk to them when they are not experiencing the drug's effects. Because Percocet is legal for use with a prescription, many people don't realize how risky abusing it can ... 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 ...

    ... . Fentanyl is often mixed with heroin or cocaine and sold on the street, amplifying its already significant effects and potential dangers. If you or someone you know is abusing fentanyl, it's essential to find treatment ... 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 ...

    ... means the body has gotten used to the drug and requires increasing amounts to feel the same effects. 3 Developing tolerance paired with ever-increasing doses may contribute to the development of addiction. Addiction is ... 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 ...

    ... bring about a significant high. This drug discourages abuse by providing a ceiling to the euphoric effects, meaning once the effects reach a certain point, taking more won't do any good. Naltrexone — A synthetic opioid ... 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 ...

    ... just as effective, if not more effective, than medications. Plus, they are safe and free of side effects. Exercise Doctors recommend exercise to all patients, but research has shown that it is especially important for ... 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 ...

    ... Specialists Not Part of Care . Medline Plus. Are Opiates Addictive? Because opiates cause sedative and euphoric effects, they can be addictive to users, even when taken as prescribed. Many users end up taking higher ... 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 ...

    ... Them REALITY: Use and abuse of prescription opioids can lead to a slew of negative physical and mental health effects and can be fatal when misused. Opioids have a profound impact on your body. While this impact can be ... 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 ...

    ... to become physically dependent on opioids and to develop a tolerance, needing to up their doses to get the effects they're looking for. 3 Because risks like these increase over time, opioids are generally safer and more ... 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 ...

    ... wrong dose, or forget if they took it already—all of which can lead to misuse, significant negative side effects, or even overdose. [i] Differences in how older bodies handle opioids also adds to the risks. Older people ... 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 ...

    ... to codeine , the company hoped to create a product that was as effective as codeine without the unwanted side effects: high risk of toxicity and stomach discomfort. In the late 1920s, officials in the United States were ... 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 ...

    ... is commonly abused for its sedating, relaxing, and euphoric effects. The euphoric high is similar to that of heroin and ... more of the drug to achieve the same effect). Withdrawal symptoms that appear when use is stopped ... 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 ...

    ... you are taking prescription painkillers when pregnant, it's important to speak with your doctor about potential health effects to you and your baby. If you feel that you have a problem with prescription opioid use, talk ... 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 ...

    ... continues, it requires more and more to achieve the desired effect. Certain reinforcing brain patterns may develop as a person obsesses over the drug and its effects and, in turn, compel the user to compulsively seek it ... 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 ...

    ... it's unable to elicit quite as intense an effect profile as that of heroin and other shorter-acting, ... ? If you keep taking the drug regardless of its negative effects on your life, you need immediate help as you may be ... 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 ...

    ... Oxycodone so that you can talk with them from a place of improved understanding about the drug and its effects. When you finally decide to bring up the topic, make sure to use compassionate language that does not throw ... 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 ...

    ... you going through your Vicodin more quickly than prescribed? Do you need to take more and more to feel the effects of the drug (a sign of tolerance)? Have you ever referred to Vicodin as your favorite drug? Do you feel ... continue reading
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