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  • The Effects of Ultram Use

    Ultram has been found to be far more addictive and dangerous than previously thought. Ultram (trade name: tramadol ) is an opiate analgesic typically prescribed for pain that is moderate to moderately severe. When introduced, it was regarded as ...

    ... and addiction to Ultram also follow the path of any addiction when it comes to social changes ... the same effects and often become addicted as a result. Quotes from Recovering Addicts My identity shifted when I got into ... 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 ...

    ... have the potential for abuse and, in turn, dependency and addiction. Street Names Kiddie coke. Vitamin R. Skittles. Smarties. Diet ... Nausea and vomiting. OCD-like syndrome. Social withdrawal. Thoughts of suicide. If you ... continue reading
  • Hydrocodone Abuse

    About Hydrocodone Hydrocodone is an opioid analgesic (painkiller) drug - included in the formulation of many narcotic prescription painkillers that are most often prescribed to control moderate to severe pain. As an opiate drug, it is in the same ...

    ... it has a high potential to lead to dependency and addiction if it is abused. It's indicated for the management ... drugs. Take note of changes in your teen's social circle or behavior. Sudden alterations in habits, friends, ... continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    ... Tussionex despite having legal, physical, mental, or social consequences from using. Choosing drug use over important ... someone about an addiction is never comfortable or easy. Media portrayals sometimes feature ... continue reading
  • What Is Lean? (Purple Drank) – Codeine

    What Is Lean? (Purple Drank) Lean — also known as purple drank, purple lean, sizzurp, dirty sprite, and lean drink—is a made of combination of prescription-strength cough medicine, soft drinks, and hard, fruit-flavored candy. 1,2 The ...

    ... at the center of news stories about the drug. Their media coverage and tacit endorsement of lean use has made sizzurp ... . 8 Wondering if you or a loved one has an addiction problem? Find out in less than 5 minutes with our ... continue reading
  • Public Restrooms Have Become Ground Zero in Opioid Epidemic

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

    ... chosen to take a different route. One business quoted in the NPR article installed a blue light to ... about, said Dr. Alex Walley, director of the Addiction Medicine Fellowship Program at Boston Medical Center. Should We ... 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 ...

    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 ... 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, ...

    ... those with relatively more severe abuse or addiction problems. Outpatient treatment is another great option ... treatment program. They can provide much-needed social support and community reinforcement to maintain sobriety, ... 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 ...

    ... has corrosive effects on unprotected mucosal tissue. Quote from an Addicted Person “I craved the ... purposes in their lifetime, putting them at risk of addiction to these drugs. Lasting Health Effects Chronic use or ... 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 ...

    ... this class of substances, some people may be at risk for addiction if they: My pain typically would occur over two or three ... mood may cause some patients, like the women quoted above, to take tramadol in larger doses and ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Percocet Addict

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

    ... it at all. Behavioral therapy is a key component of addiction recovery. In therapy, you will examine your Percocet abuse ... the medication exactly as the doctor prescribes. Quote from a Percocet Addict I craved the feeling ... 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 ...

    ... some people need a more structured atmosphere to beat addiction. It's important that you choose the type of ... with an uncontrollable urge to consume the medication. Quote from a Former Tramadol Abuser My pain typically ... continue reading
  • Actiq (Fentanyl) Lollipop Abuse

    Actiq is a brand name for the opioid drug fentanyl. 3 Actiq comes as a lozenge on a handle (like a lollipop) and the fentanyl is quickly absorbed through the oral mucosa (along with fentanyl that is swallowed being slowly absorbed through the ...

    ... Actiq use may lead to tolerance, dependence, and addiction . 1,2 Actiq Tolerance Like many other drugs ... stopping or decreasing significant work-related, fun, or social activities. Getting, using, or recovering from opioids ... 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 ...

    ... death for people with an abuse problem. Professional addiction treatment can prevent an overdose by helping a ... supplements that can help recovering users build a social network of sober support. Hydrocodone overdose is a ... 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 ...

    ... to alleviate withdrawal and control cravings, whereas social detox programs will simply provide a safe and ... as ways to avoid relapse in the future. Addiction treatment therapy is available on an inpatient or outpatient ... 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 ...

    ... However, when misused, the risks of both physical dangers and addiction increase. The DEA reports that 2 : In 2012, 3 ... . In this stage, medical, psychological, and social factors are evaluated to determine the best course ... continue reading
  • Dextromethorphan Abuse

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

    ... of psychosis. Racing heart. Vomiting. Lifestyle and Social Signs Changes in appearance. Changes in eating patterns. ... following: Don't suffer the risks of DXM addiction. Learn about treatment programs today. Liver failure ... 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 ...

    ... pressure changes Slowed breathing. Seizures. Dilaudid abuse and addiction can cause numerous troubling effects on a user's life, including: Social isolation. Problems with interpersonal relationships. Missed work, school ... continue reading
  • Methadone Clinics

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

    ... activities that contribute to their mental, physical, and social health. Is It Right for Me? Methadone is ... the medications most frequently used in MAT for opioid addiction. 1,13 Methadone makes the brain think it's ... 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, ...

    ... result, they are commonly overprescribed, regardless of the potential risks of addiction. 1, 3, 4, 5 Due to their ability to relax ... result of prescription opioid misuse. Social, professional, and/or recreational activities ... continue reading
  • Snorting Tramadol

    Tramadol is a medication prescribed to treat moderate to moderately severe pain in adults and, in its extended release forms, to manage certain chronic pain conditions. Similar to other pain medications like oxycodone, morphine, and hydrocodone, ...

    ... priorities like work or school. Shift their social networks towards different friends or have more conflict ... will help recovering users to develop skills to understand addiction and engage in a drug-free lifestyle 13 . ... 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 . ...

    ... to poor performance at work, school, or home , including lateness or excessive absence. Addictions affect social relationships, and can contribute to the loss of close friends, strained relationships with family members ... 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 ...

    ... serious physical and psychological health problems, as well as social and legal problems in one's life. Some ... a long-term maintenance plan against opiate addiction. Buprenorphine also treats withdrawal symptoms and opiate ... continue reading
  • Effects of Roxicodone Addiction

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

    ... use. Attempting unsuccessfully to stop using. Neglecting social or occupational responsibilities in favor of using. ... on your personal preferences and the severity of your addiction, you may move from detox to either an ... 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 ...

    ... treating opioid addiction: CM treatment provides people in recovery with tangible, desirable rewards to encourage drug-free actions and activities 9 . CRA plus vouchers is a 24-week program that reinforces social skill ... 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 ...

    ... , it also has a high potential for abuse and addiction 2 . Roxicodone Abuse Roxicodone's potency and rapid onset ... to Roxicodone may experience problems with: Social relationships . People addicted to Roxicodone will ... 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 ...

    ... Opana you may encounter legal, financial, and social consequences . These effects can linger for a ... distressing events and emotions. This can clearly lead to addiction and severely hampers your ability to learn how to do ... continue reading
  • Fentanyl Abuse

    What Is Fentanyl? Fentanyl is a synthetic opiate pain reliever. It's typically prescribed to patients for severe pain or injury , or after a patient has undergone surgery. It works quickly to eliminate any pain in the body. However, it can also be ...

    ... help. Call 1-888-744-0069 Who Answers? to learn how about addiction treatment and the road to recovery. Is Fentanyl More Deadly Than Heroin? ... Seizures. Mental Effects Paranoia. Social withdrawal. Lack of motivation. ... continue reading
  • Side Effects of Tussionex Abuse

    Tussionex, a prescription cough medicine, contains a mixture of hydrocodone (an opioid pain reliever) and chlorpheniramine (an antihistamine). In 2008, the FDA issued an alert regarding the dangers of misusing Tussionex, stating that abusing it can ...

    ... with periods of slowed or stopped breathing). Some of the personal, social, and legal consequences of long-term Tussionex abuse and addiction may include: Impaired work or school performance. Excessive tardiness or ... 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 ...

    ... has been used for many years in the treatment of opioid addiction 1,2,3,4 . Methadone is helpful for this purpose ... Treats many aspects of the individual, including their social and vocational lives, through a set of ... 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 ...

    ... may want to take some time to learn about what addiction is and how it impacts normal brain function. This ... mounting negative effects like worsening health, impaired social relationships, and trauma, the compulsion to seek ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Painkillers Addict

    Help for Painkiller Addicts Addiction is characterized by compulsive use despite the knowledge that it's affecting your life in a myriad of negative ways. Painkillers are routinely prescribed in the United States for the management of pain , but not ...

    ... all of your needs (medical, psychological, social, etc.). Counseling and therapy are critical stages ... care in those same settings but did not suffer from addiction. Opioid addicts were 10 times more likely to die in ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Painkiller Use

    A painkiller can be any one of a number of drugs, from over-the-counter (OTC) medications like Tylenol, ibuprofen, and aspirin, to prescribed drugs like oxycodone , codeine , morphine , Vicodin , and hydrocodone . All painkillers carry risks—even ...

    ... to prescription opioid painkillers. 4 Misuse of and addiction to opioids has become a national crisis that effects the country in terms of health as well as social and economic welfare. 4 Because of their reinforcing ... 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 ...

    ... abuse of hydrocodone can lead to serious health and social consequences, making the support of family and friends ... in other areas of your life, you may need addiction treatment . You may be addicted if: Your body depends ... 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 ...

    ... overall health, but it also plays a crucial role in addiction recovery, too. According to a recent Penn State study ... when Bo Cleveland, associate professor and Social Science Research Institute co-funded faculty member ... 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 ...

    ... leads to physical dependence . However, the side of opiate addiction that we don't hear about is the intense withdrawal ... , and due to various factors including social stigma and limited availability, these medications are ... continue reading
  • Painkiller Detox and Withdrawal

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

    ... opioid painkillers at home or in a nonmedical (“social”) detox program where you will simply be monitored ... away. You don't have to continue living with an addiction to painkillers. Call 1-888-744-0069 Who Answers? and ... 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. ...

    ... signs of addiction include: Changes in mood, including irritability, depression, or other unpredictable mood shifts. Erratic behavior. Loss of interest in usual or previously pleasurable activities. Social withdrawal or ... continue reading
  • Lortab Abuse

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

    ... the life of a user. Someone suffering from a Lortab addiction may exhibit: Deceitfulness. Mood changes/volatility. Anxiety. Financial problems. Withdrawal from social activities. If you are worried about the effects that ... 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 ...

    ... , even after numerous negative health and social effects. Addiction Treatment Due to the serious symptoms that come with morphine addiction and withdrawal, and the fact that opiate addiction is very hard for many people ... 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 ...

    ... In addition to the potentially damaging health effects of both hydrocodone and acetaminophen, a Lortab addiction can bring about a number of social and behavioral changes in the user.. Those struggling with Lortab ... 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 ...

    ... complete treatment program that includes counseling and psycho-social support. Until this development, buprenorphine was only ... Another Option The second option for fighting opiate addiction comes in the form of a vaccine. ... 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 ...

    ... , education, and support from friends and family. In some cases, addiction professionals such as counselors, psychologists, social workers, psychiatrists, or interventionists may be involved. While it can helpful ... 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 ...

    ... behavioral signals that may be red flags for abuse and addiction to this prescription opiate. A major sign of opiate ... in all age groups, races, economic classes, and social circles . In fact, abuse of oxycodone (Percocet ... 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 ...

    ... a single misuse can be fatal, if you or someone you care for is struggling with a codeine addiction, be especially alert for the signs of an overdose. If overdose is suspected, promptly seek emergency medical assistance ... 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 ...

    ... life or the life of someone close to you, it's not too late to prevent overdose. Getting professional addiction treatment can have a major impact on an abuser's life, and may keep them from escalating into an overdose ... 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) ...

    ... the most significant effects to be aware of regarding hydromorphone abuse manifest as tolerance, physiological dependence, withdrawal, and addiction 3 . Tolerance is the need to take more of a drug over time as the body ... 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 ...

    ... whether you or someone you know has a morphine addiction, it is important to know the signs and symptoms ... intravenous users). Reduced sex drive. Mental and Social Effects Faking injuries or harming oneself in an attempt ... 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, ...

    ... decision you will have to make is whether you should enter an inpatient or outpatient rehab program. If your addiction is severe, entering a rehab center on an inpatient basis might be the most effective route to take ... 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 ...

    ... psychologically - a vicious cycle of misuse and abuse develops. We've got millions struggling with painkiller addiction and millions more have turned to heroin as a “more affordable” alternative once buying pills on the ... 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, ...

    ... , hospital, office, emergency room, jail or self-help center treatment options. Treatment of opioid addiction frequently requires medication, like the opioid substitutes Methadone or Suboxone. Due to problems related to ... continue reading
  • Naloxone Kits: Are Pharmacies Set to Combat Opiate Overdoses?

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

    ... called 911 and paramedics rushed to the scene, but it was too late. The Horror that is Opiate Addiction Opioid overdose deaths have become an epidemic across the U.S. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ... 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, ...

    ... abuse,” says Dr. Chinazo Cunningham, professor of family and social medicine at Albert Einstein College of Medicine and Montefiore Medical Center in New York. 3 Addiction milestones have continued to mount over the years ... 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 ...

    ... the medication again. The spiral continues; the physical and psychological dependence gets worse. The Withdrawal-Addiction Cycle While opiate withdrawal certainly isn't pleasant, it is temporary and its symptoms can be ... continue reading
  • Who Will Win the Ohio Opioid Technology Challenge?

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

    ... . The Birth of Innovation The Opioid Technology Challenge initiative is in response to the staggering addiction and overdose statistics we're currently experiencing across the nation. An estimated 91 Americans die each ... continue reading
  • Oxycodone History and Statistics

    Oxycodone is an opioid analgesic, or 'painkiller' drug that is most often prescribed to control moderate to severe pain that cannot be treated with other medications. It is a semi-synthetic opiate that was first created in 1916 from thebaine, a ...

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

    Norco is a prescription medication that combines hydrocodone and acetaminophen . It is prescribed for the relief of moderate to severe pain . Taking Norco in amounts exceeding prescribed doses, for lengths of time longer than recommended, or ...

    ... damage. To learn about how to find recovery from a Norco addiction, call 1-888-744-0069 Who Answers? . Signs and ... doctors to seek a prescription. Withdrawal from social activities. Tolerance (needing higher and higher ... 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 ...

    ... therapy sessions several hours each week. Before considering going through withdrawal, detox, and/or rehab for opioid addiction, it is best to first talk to your doctor about your current opioid use. Your doctor can ... 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 ...

    ... various long-term effects of OxyContin use. According to the DSM-5, the following social effects are sometimes caused by OxyContin addiction or dependence: Physical Risks Associated with Method of Use Needle users (e.g ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Vicodin Use

    Vicodin is an prescription painkiller medication that is comprised of two substances: Hydrocodone. Acetaminophen . Hydrocodone is an opiate drug that works as a pain reliever , useful in managing multiple levels of pain with similar efficacy to ...

    ... than directed, Vicodin is a drug associated with many unwanted physical, mental, and social consequences including addiction, tolerance, and dependence . Short Term Effects of Vicodin Since Vicodin contains hydrocodone ... 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 ...

    ... year and 50 healthy participants with no addiction history. After surveying all of the ... Social isolation Decreased performance at work or school Hallucinations If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction ... continue reading
  • Prescription Painkiller FAQ

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

    ... counseling sessions will consist of building sober social skills and healthy coping strategies. 12-step ... to recovery. For help finding a program to end your addiction to opioid painkillers, call us at 1-888-744-0069 Who ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Norco Use

    Norco is a combination of acetaminophen and hydrocodone - an opiate pain medication. It is intended to relieve moderate to severe pain. Because Norco contains the narcotic hydrocodone, it can be addictive and should be used with caution. Is Norco ...

    ... pills through multiple doctors, on the street, or via the Internet. Social withdrawal. Crime. Mood swings. Norco Dependency Norco addiction has become a growing problem. Norco dependence results when a user begins ... 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 ...

    ... medication that is 50 to 100 times more potent than morphine 1 . Individuals who abuse or struggle with addiction to fentanyl put themselves at high risk of overdose. In fact, in 2015 alone, 33,091 people died due ... 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, ...

    ... 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, a startling 17,536 people died in 2015 due 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 ...

    ... The best way to prevent opioid overdose is to get help for an opioid abuse problem right away. Addiction treatment programs can make a huge difference by promoting recovery and minimizing the potential for future opioid ... continue reading
  • Methadone Withdrawal

    Methadone is a prescription opioid medication primarily used for the treatment of opioid addiction and dependence. When used in this manner, it is highly controlled and only dispensed from locations that meet high standards to monitor use 1,2,3 . ...

    ... as 1 : Fizzies. Amidone. Chocolate chip cookies. While it is a vital tool in the treatment of opioid addiction, when it is abused, the consequences can be deadly. According to the Drug Enforcement Administration 1 : In ... 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” ...

    ... dose to achieve the desired effect. Tolerance fuels addiction because the addict will need to continue to increase ... on physical and mental health, and social interpersonal problems. Physiologically , dependence develops ... 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 ...

    ... Slowed breathing. Signs of an Opioid Use Disorder Demerol abuse can lead to serious problems, including opioid addiction. When Demerol abuse persists, a person may develop what is diagnosed as an opioid use disorder. The ... 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 ...

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  • 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 ...

    ... require a lot of self-motivation, so in the case of a more severe Percocet abuse problem or addiction, inpatient treatment may be a more appropriate option. To supplement formal treatment, free self-help groups , such ... continue reading
  • Effects of Hydromorphone Abuse

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

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  • 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 ...

    ... linked to the injection of Opana. This incident, like so many others, should be a reminder of opioid addiction's devastating consequences. Although Opana may not be a household name yet, the drug's popularity is steadily ... continue reading
  • New Programs Aimed at Appalachian Opioid Crisis

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

    ... - and they have twice as many people living below the poverty line. Dr. Carl R. Sullivan III, addiction services director at West Virginia University School of Medicine, points out that many employees in this region are ... 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), ...

    ... advisory in 2010. Doctors were directed not to prescribe tramadol to anyone suffering from depression or at risk for addiction. But this wasn't enough. In fact, 2011 saw over 20,000 ER visits that were linked to tramadol ... 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 ...

    ... for meth treatment in 2016. In 2005, that number was around 6,700. Ken Roy, medical director for Addiction Recovery Resource in New Orleans, noted, “What we're seeing is that the use of methamphetamines has recently ... 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, ...

    ... each dose is ultimately what keeps users coming back for more, eventually leading to abuse and addiction. But what if those euphoric effects were taken away from the whole painkiller experience - would Americans ... 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 ...

    ... months and offer both medical and behavioral therapies to help their clients permanently break the cycle of addiction. The cycle of addiction can be difficult, if not impossible, to stop alone. If you or a loved one is ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Dextromethorphan Use

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    ... not using DXM. “Megadosing” (taking large doses) of DMX on a regular basis can quickly lead to addiction and put the user's mental and physical health in danger. Dextromethorphan Withdrawal Treatment Further, a survey of ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Opiates on the Body

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

    ... / http://www.drugabuse.gov/about-nida/legislative-activities/testimony-to-congress/2014/americas-addiction-to-opioids-heroin-prescription-drug-abuse http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pubmed/15352644 http://www.slu.edu/rel ... 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 ...

    ... . 1 If you're worried about your own opioid use or that of someone you love, talk to a doctor or addiction professional without delay. It can only get worse the longer you wait. We know that as an older person who never ... 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 ...

    ... pain killers 4 . Morphine can be habit-forming for some people. Due to the risk of dependence and addiction , it is of the utmost importance that individuals taking morphine monitor their doses closely, time their doses ... 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. There were 3,400 deaths related to ...

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  • Snorting Morphine

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    ... 3 . The rapid and intense high associated with snorting may increase a user's risk for abuse and addiction 3 . People who continually abuse morphine will likely develop a tolerance to the drug, where they will require ... 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, ...

    ... . Can I Become Addicted to Fentanyl? Another danger that comes with snorting fentanyl is the risk of addiction . Addiction is a major concern for all opioid users, even when the drug is taken as prescribed. However, the ... continue reading
  • Side Effects of ACTIQ Abuse

    ACTIQ is a brand name for fentanyl, an extremely powerful opioid painkiller that is used only for severe pain such as breakthrough cancer pain 1 . Fentanyl is available in a number of formulations and delivery methods, including 2,3,4 : Tablets and ...

    ... to use even when ill effects are likely to occur. Strong cravings for more of the substance. Addiction and addictive behaviors will be more apparent than dependence, since dependence has few outward indicators. Perhaps ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Opioid Use

    Are Opioids Harmful? Opioids are a class of drugs that include prescription painkillers such as oxycodone (Oxycontin), hydrocodone (Vicodin), codeine , and morphine ; synthetic opioids including fentanyl ; and the illegal drug heroin . 1,2 ...

    ... 3,5 In addition to these side effects, the misuse of prescription opioids may also lead to physical dependence and addiction. 4,6 Opiate abuse takes its toll on almost every major body system. View our infographic to see ... 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, ...

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  • 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 ...

    ... much better to wait until they are sober to discuss treatment. Those who are caught up in addiction to Oxycodone may be experiencing psychological and physical dependence, so educate yourself on the effects of Oxycodone ... 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 ...

    ... effects on your health and your life due to Opana use but find yourself unable to stop, you may need addiction treatment. Call Our Hotline Today If you believe you need help, don't wait another day to reach out. Call ... 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 ...

    ... withdrawal symptoms when they attempt to cut off use, so quitting can be difficult to do alone. Treatment for addiction to Ultram and other opiates can help the user recover and may include one or more of the following ... continue reading
  • Tramadol History and Statistics

    Tramadol (brand name: Ultram) is an oral, opioid pain-relieving drug that is marketed under a variety of of trade names - with Ultram and Ultracet being the most widely prescribed and recognized. Tramadol is most often prescribed to treat moderate ...

    ... recovering today. Even though the drug is thought to be relatively safe due to its low potential for abuse, addiction to tramadol has been a growing problem in the US and around the world. When the drug is abused, it ... 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, ...

    ... 1-888-744-0069 Who Answers? to speak to someone who can help you find the care you need. Addiction Treatment There are a variety of inpatient and outpatient options for methylphenidate addicts to choose from to get on ... 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 ...

    ... you are not responsible for your loved one's substance use. Instead, it recognizes the role you play in their addiction and ways that you can worsen use or improve the situation. Through CRAFT, you'll work to find the ... 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 ...

    ... . 1 If you're worried about your own opioid use or that of someone you love, talk to a doctor or addiction professional without delay. It can only get worse the longer you wait. We know that as an older person who never ... 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 ...

    ... that of your loved one. Can You Get Addicted to Actiq? Yes. Actiq is very addictive. Fentanyl has a strong addiction potential because it is 50-100 times more potent than morphine, has a quick onset of action, and has a ... 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 ...

    ... is not helpful and can spiral into old patterns of abuse. First, try to remind yourself that the relapse rate for opiate addiction is as high as 91%, so you are in the majority. Then stop and think about what led to this ... continue reading
  • Opioid Hotlines

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

    ... fear paralyzes us, a good question is: “What is the worst thing that can happen if I do this?” With opioid addiction, perhaps a more important question is: “What is the worst thing that will happen if I don't do this ... 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 ...

    ... short period of time in the brain 5,7 . This can increase the risk of breathing difficulties, coma, and addiction 7 . From Oxy to Heroin Some oxy users may transition from prescription drugs to heroin 7 . This can occur ... 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 ...

    ... helpful and productive way. If you need help or resources on how to start the conversation read more here. Methadone Addiction Treatment Because methadone is so addictive, it can be hard to quit on your own. As a result ... continue reading
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