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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, ...

    ... intense—and dangerous—high 7 . Side Effects of Snorting Tramadol Even when used as prescribed, tramadol has many side effects. These include 1 : Insomnia. Muscle tension. Headache. Shakiness. Feeling nervous or worried ... 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 ...

    ... may lead to feelings of euphoria and well-being. For some individuals, these pleasant symptoms serve to reinforce a pattern of continued tramadol use. Anxiety reduction. Tramadol helps some users feel relaxed and calm ... 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, ...

    ... tramadol. Giving up hobbies that you used to like to keep using tramadol. Using tramadol in high-risk ... feel its effects. Experiencing physical withdrawal when you stop taking tramadol. It is important to note that tramadol ... continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    ... ; however, the risk of relapse may be higher because your environment is not necessarily changing so you ... have access to tramadol. Am I Addicted to Tramadol? If you're addicted to tramadol, you probably feel like your body ... 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 ...

    ... current pain. Suppression of cough reflex. Feelings of euphoria. Feeling of calm and relaxation. These influences ... In the case of Vicodin, higher or more frequent doses will be needed to feel the same pain relief. The ... 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 ...

    ... The effects include 2,6 : Euphoric high. Decreased feelings of pain. Increased physical relaxation. Decreased ... on the substance, meaning they must have it to feel and function normally 3 . While this can happen to ... 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 ...

    ... rush of dopamine, they may attempt to replicate the feeling by any means possible—laying the groundwork for a developing ... Drugs/Legal Highs MXE/Methoxetamine PCP Steroids Kratom Benzodiazepines Tramadol Ambien Codeine ... 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 ...

    ... its desirable short-term effects. The Dilaudid high can produce: Euphoric feelings. A relaxing sensation. Sedation Reduced anxiety. ... Drugs/Legal Highs MXE/Methoxetamine PCP Steroids Kratom Benzodiazepines Tramadol Ambien ... 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 ...

    ... as insomnia, anxiety, dysphoria, and anhedonia (the inability to feel pleasure), may last for weeks or even months 9 . Because ... Drugs/Legal Highs MXE/Methoxetamine PCP Steroids Benzodiazepines Tramadol Ambien Codeine ... continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    ... Enforcement Administration (DEA) 2 . In the U.S., tramadol is marketed under a number of brand names, including: ... dopamine neurotransmission such as this can lead to feelings of reward that encourage continued use 2,3,4 ... 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), ...

    ... , they realized this drug is addictive and has a high risk of abuse . Potential Dangers Structurally similar to other opiates like codeine and morphine , tramadol is dangerous. People have experienced severe side effects ... 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 ...

    ... with a well-known risk of abuse and dependence. Opioid abusers that were given high-dose tramadol reported that it gave them an enjoyable “high” that was similar to codeine and somewhat less intense than oxycodone 1 . ... 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 ...

    ... not? They gave her a boost of energy and mentally made her feel like a champ, so why let them go to waste? A ... About Withdrawal If you take opiates (like oxycodone , tramadol , fentanyl or morphine ) every day for more than ... 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 ...

    ... Crystal Methamphetamine Ecstasy LSD DMT Bath Salts Designer Drugs/Legal Highs MXE/Methoxetamine PCP Steroids Kratom Benzodiazepines Tramadol Ambien Codeine Vicodin Oxycontin Klonopin Alprazolam/Xanax Valium Clonazepam ... 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 reducing pain, opioids also activate the body's reward system by increasing dopamine activity, which may make users feel relaxed, happy, or high. 3 Opioids can also impact the user's ability to breathe when taken at a ... 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 ...

    ... is a neurotransmitter that provides a strong, rewarding feeling that promotes continued use. What Are the Signs of ... prescribed? Do you need to take more and more to feel the effects of the drug (a sign of tolerance)? ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Hydrocodone Use

    About Hydrocodone Hydrocodone is a prescription medication sold under multiple brand names, such as: Vicodin. Norco. Lortab. The aforementioned trade names are combinations of hydrocodone and acetaminophen. Other trade formulations also exist that ...

    ... but rather to change the user's perception of the pain . This feeling is very sought-after, especially from those dealing with pain that is high in intensity or long in duration. Other short-term, desirable effects of ... 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 ...

    ... . In an intervention, family and/or friends confront the individual in a non-adversarial way, expressing their feelings about how the addiction is negatively impacting their loved one's life and the lives of those around ... 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, ...

    ... . Signs and Symptoms People who take Vicodin tend to feel a rush of euphoria and relaxation, in addition to a ... leg movements. Nausea and vomiting. Diarrhea. Feeling cold. Vicodin Abuse Treatment There are several options ... 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 ...

    ... Reduced anxiety. Increased feelings of relaxation. Feeling of euphoria (or feeling “high”). Individuals who abuse ... or simply because you liked the way it felt. However, continued misuse (taking more than prescribed ... 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 ...

    ... a phenomenon that is brought on by the resultant surge of the neurotransmitter dopamine, which creates a feeling of euphoria and well-being. These effects, which are similar to those of heroin (another opioid), reinforce ... 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 ...

    ... a doctor. The Vicodin use turns into abuse. However, when the supply is gone, they find themselves craving the feeling they have grown to know. This causes addicts to go to great lengths to get their hands on the drugs ... 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 ...

    ... at controlling pain, and they're relatively cheap. Prescription opioids can relieve pain and lead to a feeling of relaxation, but they may also have negative effects, including the following: 3,5 Drowsiness. Confusion ... 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, ...

    ... “human abuse liability” study, Doberstein reported that subjects - those who were familiar with the “high” feeling opioids produce - found the experimental opioid was “virtually indistinguishable” from a placebo, as far ... 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 ...

    ... way other than prescribed. Taking the drug to feel high rather than to relieve pain. Some common withdrawal ... or personal appearance. Feeling consumed by thoughts and cravings for the drug. Feeling unable to control ... 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 ...

    ... who reported lower quality of sleep also experienced higher than usual drug cravings. On the flip side ... When you're sleep deprived and cranky, you're not feeling good or very good about yourself. Negative thoughts breed ... continue reading
  • The 5 Most Dangerous Painkiller Myths

    While painkiller use is widespread, there is a vast amount of false information surrounding them. Unfortunately, many people begin using opioid painkillers knowing little about them. Given few details about these drugs - how they work, when to take ...

    ... as well. Use of painkillers (especially at high doses) triggers an abnormally high release of dopamine - a “feel good” chemical in the brain essential to feeling pleasure. As painkiller abuse continues over time, the ... continue reading
  • Opioids

    Opioids are substances that are known for their pain-relieving effects. They include both legal, and some illegal substances that may have the potential for misuse, which can potentially lead to dependence and/or addiction. 1 If you or someone you ...

    ... ways other than originally intended, or by taking it to get high. 4 Some of the potential health risks of opioid misuse include ... include: 4 Over-sedation or sleepiness. Feeling confused or disoriented. Nausea and vomiting. ... 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 ...

    ... end of the line. Her whole life revolved around getting high. In the past, she had tried 12-step programs, ... was intrigued by the amazing claims made about it. Feeling like she had no other options left, she decided ... 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 ...

    ... the vaccine stops the drug before it even gets to the brain, preventing that person from feeling the “reward” or euphoric high of consuming the drug. In further tests, the rodents also appeared less susceptible to fatal ... 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 ...

    ... 9 Fentanyl's effects may include: 2,3 A euphoric “high.” Pain relief. Sleepiness. The effects of fentanyl start quickly and ... include: 1 Weakness. Nausea/vomiting. Headache. Feeling dizzy. Tiredness. Sleep problems. Rash. ... 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 ...

    ... use of the drug. You'll also likely notice that you feel anxious at the thought of stopping the drug, and you ... yourself hoarding the drug to use in high doses in an attempt to get high. Am I Addicted to Methadone? If you ... 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 ...

    ... with an addicted loved one. They may be feeling especially withdrawn or moody, so always approach with ... of your lives; for example, “I feel isolated from you when you are high on Percocet.” If you're unsure about ... 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 ...

    ... of the drug in order to achieve the desired high. Percocet overdose will include symptoms of both oxycodone ... large amounts of time trying to acquire drugs. Feeling like drugs are necessary to perform everyday activities. ... 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 ...

    ... have powerful effects on the user. A person abusing oxycodone may be feeling dizziness, weakness, and uncomfortable digestion problems. When they are high they are not in a receptive or particularly coherent state, so it ... 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 ...

    ... heightened dopamine activity gives the user a feeling of intense happiness and relaxation (euphoria). ... pills, releasing the effects immediately for a more intense high with a rapid onset. Using Opana in alternate ways ... 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” ...

    ... , including endorphins, which are the body's “feel good” chemicals. “Endorphin” is a word adapted ... provide some of the feelings associated with prescription opiates but without the dangerous highs and lows, when taken ... continue reading
  • Methadone Abuse

    What Is Methadone? Methadone is one of a handful of drugs approved for used in the pharmaceutical treatment of opioid addiction and dependence . If someone has an addiction to heroin, morphine, or prescription painkillers, they may be prescribed ...

    ... At 30 minutes, the relatively short half-life of heroin can result in a rapid cycling between intense highs, and devastating lows. Methadone, with a 22-hour half life, is longer acting and, furthermore, less potent than ... 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 ...

    ... levels of dopamine in the brain provide very strong feelings of pleasure and reward. There is a normal release ... of an opioid like ACTIQ, an individual will begin to feel as if they require the drug to function normally—a ... 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) ...

    ... out hydromorphone in an attempt to recreate these feelings. Not all signs and symptoms of abuse are ... relief or high as they initially did, so they will require higher doses or increased frequencies to feel the effects ... continue reading
  • How to Help an Oxycontin Addict

    OxyContin is a dangerous drug when not used properly, and it's easy to fall into the trap of addiction. Fortunately, there is help out there for anyone who is addicted to the substance, and it's never been easier to get help. How to Approach an ...

    ... of pleasure and reward sensations that compel the user to continue taking the drug to recreate those feelings. OxyContin is a form of oxycodone, but it was originally prescribed because it was supposedly resistant to ... 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 ...

    ... at some point in their lives. Over 5% of high school seniors admitted to abusing Vicodin in the previous year. ... of treatments aimed at modifying the thoughts, feelings, and/or behaviors of the person in recovery ... 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 ...

    ... possible tolerance, which 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 ... 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 ...

    ... up the batch from someone different. After shooting up, Mike immediately noticed a difference in the way he felt. Something was wrong; a panic quickly washed over his body. Within an hour, Mike collapsed to the ground ... 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 ...

    ... prescriptions and reducing profits for the med-makers. The full-force of the pharmaceutical industry has been felt in multiple states on multiple opioid-related issues. A few examples: A proposed bill in Tennessee was ... 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 . ...

    ... a variety of reasons, such as: For the pleasurable feelings or “high.” For relief of chronic pain. To help them relax ... to the drug requires increasing doses to feel the desired effects. Developed dependence : Tussionex ... 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 ...

    ... begin with. When taken in large doses, Percocet can cause a “high” similar to heroin that is characterized by : Euphoria. Feelings of claim and relaxation. Heightened pleasure. Percocet and other prescription drugs are ... 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 ...

    ... to get high. Hydrocodone is an opioid capable of eliciting feelings of euphoria and has a high potential for ... them. This may perpetuate the guilt and shame they may feel. Do not approach them in public or while under ... 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 ...

    ... , it can be given without the risk of the same highs and lows that the abused opioid drug can cause. In ... a style of therapy that focuses on the thoughts, feelings, and behaviors related to substance use. This treatment ... 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 ...

    ... severe pain, and it is regarded as the gold standard of pain relievers. Use can create a high that includes feelings of euphoria and reduced tension. As an opiate, it can addictive. This means that: The body develops ... 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 ...

    ... painkiller . Unfortunately, these have drugs a high potential for abuse and addiction. Prescription drugs ... Listen to their fears and concerns . Validate their feelings and offer to write down any questions they have ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Methadone Use

    Is Methadone Harmful? The treatment of opiate abuse often requires another opiate as a supportive measure when the patient stops taking the original drug. Ideally, it's a long-acting drug with a long half-life, and it should be easy to take. Often ...

    ... effects of methadone can include the following: Feelings of euphoria. Sedation. Drowsiness. Relaxation. ... usually a three-stage process. You generally start with a high dose and gradually drop it down in 5 mg increments. ... 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: ...

    ... Desirable Effects Perceptions of less physical pain. Feelings of joy and happiness referred to as ... drug, many teens may view oxycodone as a harmless high. As mentioned above, however, many abusers - including teens ... 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 ...

    ... Drugs (NSAIDs) These are more potent than acetaminophen, but also available in over-the-counter dosage. Higher doses can be taken with a prescription. NSAIDs include anti-inflammatory drugs, such as Aleve. The downside ... 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 ...

    ... than a fifth of nationwide opioid-related deaths . West Virginia, with a population of 1.85 million, has the highest overdose rate in the nation. Why the Appalachian Region? What's going on in this misty-mountain region ... 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 ...

    ... , in a dose-dependent manner, ultimately produces feelings of euphoria . While prescription painkillers are used ... opioid receptors in the brain, without giving the user the highs and lows of drug use. As part of a long- ... 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 ...

    ... the pain sensations stop. The same opiates also make you feel much calmer, offering up a bonus anti-depressing effect. ... can kill you. Watching the Brain Channel The high number of deaths resulting from opioid overdose has ... 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 ...

    ... , Wisconsin, Minnesota and all across the south. The drug's street price is fairly low and its purity is high, making it much more appealing than the risk of cooking it up stateside. Some areas are being hit particularly ... 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 ...

    ... by those seeking a powerful high. People who use Opana report feelings of euphoria and relaxation, in ... and physical dependence. Those dependent on Opana will feel as if they require the drug to function normally ... 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, ...

    ... leads to taking higher doses of prescription opioids to obtain relief or achieve the high they felt when they initially took ... interviewing/enhancement works to explore mixed feelings about treatment and sobriety, allows ... 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 ...

    ... toxic influence of cocaine. Some buyers may hear of certain brands of heroin as being potent or a strong high and use it without realizing fentanyl has been added to it. This can result in immediate overdose, especially ... 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 ...

    ... has proven invaluable for many with pain management issues. However, many people abuse OxyContin in order to get high-a practice that can prove dangerous and even fatal. Misuse of the pills (for example, taking too many ... 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 ...

    ... success rates and may result in making your loved one feel betrayed. If you plan to utilize an intervention, make ... longer effectively reduce the pain and/or provide a “high”. When this happens, tolerance has built up. ... 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 ...

    ... a treatment center, also published in the Journal of Sexual Medicine , noted that erectile dysfunction rates were as high as 52 percent in opioid addicts. Meanwhile, a 2002 survey published in the Journal of Pain found ... continue reading
  • Dying to Get High: Half of 2014 U.S. Drug Deaths Caused By Opiates

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    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. ... continue reading
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    ... Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) in Rockville, Maryland. She said there was a rise in high-intensity opioid use during the 2000s when more doctors began prescribing these drugs. For this study, researchers ... continue reading
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    ... of the drug epidemic sweeping across our country. “I know all the bathrooms that I can and can't get high in,” said Eddie, 39, a self-proclaimed drug user in the Cambridge, Massachusetts area. And Eddie isn't alone. More ... continue reading
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  • 6 Facts You Need to Know About Opiate Withdrawal

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    ... withdrawal period. It is important to start a conversation about what it feels like to come off of opiates as withdrawal has been shown to contribute to high rates of relapse and overdose . Fact: The length of withdrawal ... continue reading
  • How to Help an Opiate Addict

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    ... a ceiling, meaning effects only reach a certain point. This discourages abuse of the drug for a “high.” Naltrexone: Naltrexone is a synthetic opioid antagonist, meaning it blocks opioid receptors in the brain. This drug ... 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 ...

    ... As a schedule II prescription drug, Demerol has a high potential for physical and psychological dependence . Abusers may ... : Tolerance (needing increasing amounts to feel the same effects). Physical dependence. Withdrawal ... 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 ...

    ... Partnership for a Drug Free America revealed that 1 in 10 American teenagers abused prescription pain medications to get high in the last year, and that roughly 6% of those teenagers had abused them within 30 days prior ... continue reading
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    ... potential health effects to you and your baby. If you feel that you have a problem with prescription opioid use, talk ... to opioid painkillers they will need higher doses to feel the same effects. Physical dependence is ... continue reading
  • Roxy Drug Abuse

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    ... a popular drug of abuse for those seeking a recreational high. Others, however, may begin taking the drug out ... Involuntary muscle jerks. The withdrawal symptoms will feel very uncomfortable (many describe it as the worst ... continue reading
  • What Are the Side Effects of Oxycodone?

    Is Oxycodone Dangerous? Oxycodone is a prescription opioid analgesic that is used to manage moderate to severe pain by changing the way that the brain responds to pain. 1 It is the primary active component in the commonly prescribed pharmaceutical ...

    ... by the Controlled Substances Act, meaning that it has a currently accepted medical use, but also has a high potential for abuse, and may lead to severe psychological or physical dependence. 3 In its various formulations ... 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 ...

    ... doses of the drug, or take it more often, to experience the same positive effects. In seeking a greater “high,” or in an effort to overcome the effects of tolerance, abusers may take such large doses of hydrocodone that ... 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, ...

    ... release mechanism is bypassed, producing a quick and powerful euphoric high that is similar to heroin. [12] In 2015, ... the country needs is a new, dangerous, high-dose opioid. Too many people have already become addicted ... continue reading
  • Prescription Painkiller FAQ

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    ... is relatively low. Over time, you may naturally develop some level of tolerance to the medication and require a higher dose in order to alleviate pain. 4 This is a normal response to ongoing opioid therapy; however, you ... continue reading
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    ... Prescription painkillers and heroin have similar physical and psychological effects. Someone high on either drug will mostly likely feel: Euphoria. Decreased awareness of pain. Drowsiness. Confusion. Nausea and vomiting ... continue reading
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