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  • Prescription Opiates: As Addictive as Heroin?

    According to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health, more than 21.5 million Americans aged 12 and older met the criteria for substance use ...

    ... the same way heroin does , only the dosage is considered lower and the means of use typically safer. Prescription opiates are often given in oral form and are designed to be distributed to the body slowly. However, when ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... Once cultivated, the opium resin is refined to make morphine, then transformed into different forms of heroin. Synthetic opiates, on the other hand, are man-made in a laboratory and are most often used to treat chronic ... Learn more

  • Heroin Use Increasing Across New Demographics, Study Finds

    The face of heroin in the US is changing. As the drug becomes more commonly abused among new racial, geographic and socioeconomic groups, the ...

    ... research, Monnat and Rigg examined three groups of people who had reported using heroin and/or prescription opiates (via the 2010-2013 National Survey on Drug Use and Health). These participants were broken down into ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... of the argument. Studies have shown that up to 40 percent of non-cancer patients on opiates show signs of addiction and that opiates aren't an effective method of treating chronic pain . Another major push from drug ... Learn more

  • Opiates, Overdose and Permanent Brain Damage

    Permanent brain damage due to an opiate overdose is a very real, life-altering consequence of opiate abuse . The dramatic increase of ...

    ... the consequence of permanent brain damage remains largely unreported. If you or someone you love is abusing opiates , it is essential to understand the risks involved with an overdose. How An Overdose Causes Brain ... Learn more

  • Side Effects of Demerol Use

    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 ...

    ... body and may lead to multi-organ failure and death. Short-Term Effects As a broad class of drugs, opiates have an analgesic, or painkilling, effect on the body that can bring about a sense of relief, especially ... Learn more

  • Methadone Maintenance Clinics: Everything You Need to Know

    If you're addicted to opiates, a methadone clinic can provide ongoing medication maintenance to help you quit them. Committing to a methadone ...

    ... will be able to do for you . For example, some clinics may only be able to help those who have been addicted to opiates for more than a year, or they may not be able to treat you if you don't have a consenting adult and ... Learn more

  • 3 Devastatingly Dangerous Alcohol-Drug Combos

    According to statistics compiled by the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), roughly 25 percent of substance-related ...

    ... of coordination, coma and significantly increase the risk of overdose and death. Alcohol and Opiates Alcohol and opiates also make for a particularly lethal combination, since each one enhances the sedative effects ... Learn more

  • Let's Talk Dirty: Opiates, Addiction and Constipation

    Although opioids are effective pain relievers, they can do a number on your health and overall body systems. One of the most negatively affected ...

    ... most negatively affected body systems is your gastric system. What's more, long-term use or addiction to opiates can paralyze your gut and force stomach contents to sit undigested. What you're eventually left with is ... Learn more

  • Suboxone Debate: What Is the Big Problem with Buprenorphine?

    When it comes to this nation's chemical dependence, few drugs have achieved the notoriety and reputation of opioid drugs. In fact, things have ...

    ... initially promoted as a non-threat. 6 However, time seems to have proven otherwise. In fact, many recovering opiate addicts say that Suboxone was harder to kick than methadone - and methadone is no joke. At higher doses ... Learn more

  • Closing Candy Land: Our Vets are Stuck in the VA’s Revolving Door

    Across our nation, the brave men and women who defended its freedoms are suffering. The burden they bear isn't regret, loss, emotional trauma or ...

    ... , then we denied them. Let's take a look at what happened and continues to happen. VA Turns to Opiates As masses of vets sought treatment for their pain, the VA started doling out prescriptions. Opioids became the go ... Learn more

  • Chicken vs. Egg: Which Came First, Heroin or OxyContin Addiction?

    For centuries, people have debated one age old question: which came first, the chicken or the egg? While both sides of this argument have their ...

    ... to jump from painkillers to heroin and from heroin to painkillers. And that's why we are seeing opiate-related death and addiction rise to epidemic proportions that far surpass those of other illicit drugs. In the end ... Learn more

  • The Effects of Lortab Use

    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 ...

    ... and your life in a number of ways. If you or a loved one is struggling to get free from an opiate addiction, call 1-888-744-0069 Who Answers? to learn about recovery programs and how to find the best treatment ... Learn more

  • Trading Dependencies: There’s Nothing “Mild” About a Kratom Addiction

    Mitragyna Speciosa, also known as Kratom, is a large tree in the Rubiaceae family native to Southeast Asia. It is said that Kratom affects the ...

    ... . Some end up in the ER as a result of overuse. Others, unaware of the addictive nature of the opiate drug , are seen for symptoms they do not even recognize as withdrawal. Symptoms of withdrawal are similar to those ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... 's only one thing to do; I just have to get more pills.” The Facts About Withdrawal If you take opiates (like oxycodone , tramadol , fentanyl or morphine ) every day for more than four weeks, there's a good ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... are still unaware of the dangers involved with the use and abuse of this drug. Public awareness of this opiate must increase if we are to decrease the numbers at risk. Additional Reading: Don't Be Fooled: Tramadol ... Learn more

  • Codeine Abuse

    Codeine Abuse

    Overview of Codeine Abuse Codeine addiction is a widespread, far-reaching problem that spans across ages, ethnicities and ...

    ... and might need help with a codeine addiction, call 1-888-744-0069 Who Answers? to learn about opiate recovery options. Effects of Codeine Abuse There are many unpleasant side of codeine abuse, some of which ... Learn more

  • 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 opiate drugs also slow your breathing…and in case of an overdose, your breathing is slowed to a virtually non ... Learn more

  • The Effects of Kratom Use

    Kratom ( Mitragyna speciosa ) is a tree-like plant from Southeast Asia that belongs to the same family of plants as coffee and gardenias. Kratom ...

    ... number of ailments. It has dose-dependent stimulant and opiate-like effects. In addition to being used for an ... in the management of withdrawal symptoms associated with opiate addiction. Since 2000, there has been a ... Learn more

  • Welcome to a New Tramadol Nightmare

    People seeking safe opiate detox in Alaska were recently left out in the cold - in more ways than one. Only two state facilities currently offer ...

    ... Now? The Ernie Turner Center in Anchorage and the Gateway to Recovery Center in Fairbanks offered the only opiate detox beds in the state of Alaska. Staff at both facilities are currently working on plans that will ... Learn more

  • Ultram Abuse

    Ultram Abuse

    What Is Ultram? Abuse of Ultram is rising, with many users taking excessive doses in order to simulate the euphoric effects of ...

    ... many users taking excessive doses in order to simulate the euphoric effects of other stronger opiates . The Risk of Ultram Addiction The risk of addiction is especially high when someone: Takes ... Learn more

  • 5 Naloxone Myths Debunked

    Naloxone History Lesson Naloxone is not a new medication. In fact, emergency responders have used the medication since the 1960s. Today, ...

    ... , and physician assistants are generally allowed to prescribe naloxone to patients who are at risk of an opiate overdose. What's more, a variety of community outreach programs now provide access to naloxone. If ... Learn more

  • 20 Genius Minds and the Drugs they Were Addicted To

    Intelligence doesn't preclude people from taking drugs any more than fame does. When those who are under stress need to relax, some turn to drugs ...

    ... . However, numerous crashes in experimental aircraft took their toll on his health, and he started injecting opiates into the muscle. There is no doubt he was a genius, however; he helped design numerous aircraft ... Learn more

  • Dying to Get High: Half of 2014 U.S. Drug Deaths Caused By Opiates

    It's well-documented that heroin and prescription painkiller abuse are two of the biggest drug problems in the U.S., but a new report from the ...

    ... prescription drugs in 2013. Benzos were responsible for the other 7,000 deaths. The Hold of Opiates Findings released earlier this month by the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention also highlighted why ... Learn more

  • The Effects of Norco Use

    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. ...

    ... a specific condition (in this case: pain). Half of 2014 U.S. drug deaths were caused by opiates. Read our blog, Dying to Get High, to learn more. Side Effects Side effects of Norco are varied ... Learn more

  • Lethal Drug Combinations

    Lethal Drug Combinations

    What are the Deadliest Drug Combos? Combining drugs (“polysubstance abuse”) is both common and potentially dangerous. There are ...

    ... created equal — a select number of them are especially lethal. They include the following: Alcohol + opiates (e.g., OxyContin, Percocet, Vicodin, etc.). Alcohol + benzodiazepines (e.g., Ativan, Valium, Xanax, etc ... Learn more

  • It’s Official: Heroin is Deadlier Than Bullets

    It looks like our nation has found a “bullet” deadlier than the traditional calibers. As of 2015, heroin is killing more people than guns. ...

    ... 2015, there were 12,979 gun homicides and 12,989 heroin deaths. Heroin has also surpassed its cousin opiates - traditional opioid painkillers . For the first time in decades, there were more deaths due to heroin than ... Learn more

  • Roxy Drug Abuse

    Roxy Drug Abuse

    Roxicodone (often called “roxies”, “roxys” or “blues”) is one of the brand names for oxycodone, a powerful opioid prescription ...

    ... prescribed to alleviate pain that cannot be managed by non-opioid pain relievers. As a potent semi-synthetic opiate derived from morphine 2 , Roxicodone produces effects similar to those of heroin (e.g., euphoria and ... Learn more

  • Which Side of the Naloxone Debate Are You On?

    With the opioid epidemic claiming nearly 78 lives each and every day, President-elect Trump has his work cut out for him in the drug arena. One of ...

    ... significantly higher without it. Advocates also point out there's no evidence indicating naloxone increases the use of opiates, so what's the harm in using it? Naloxone users have also weighed in. They believe few ... Learn more

  • 5 Things About Kratom You Need to Know

    Recently, a drug called kratom, has come into the center of national controversy.Also referred to as 'ketum' or 'kakuam', taking kratom produces ...

    ... , has come into the center of national controversy.Also referred to as 'ketum' or 'kakuam', taking kratom produces opiate-like effects. Kratom is legal in the U.S. and many people begin taking the drug to help with ... Learn more

  • History of Drug Abuse

    History of Drug Abuse

    History of Substance Abuse Rehabilitation As drugs have been abused for hundreds of years all over the world, their effects have ...

    ... Cocaine was isolated in 1884 and quickly became yet another widespread drug of abuse. Heroin and other opiates were synthesized and marketed as nonaddictive alternatives to morphine . Of course, heroin did turn out to ... Learn more

  • Getting Sober: 17 Ways You Probably Didn’t Know About (#8 is Controversial)

    The 12 steps of Alcoholics Anonymous are so dominant in addiction recovery culture that it can be easy to forget there are other ways to get sober. ...

    ... a psychedelic substance that's illegal in the U.S., though in other countries it's used to treat addiction to opiates, alcohol, and other drugs. It's thought to work by dampening the brain's “reward pathway,” and can be ... Learn more

  • The Effects of OxyContin Use

    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 ...

    ... drug is comprised of oxycodone— a substance that derives from opiate alkaloids found in the opium poppy . As an opioid, ... functionally the same as most other forms of opiate addiction care. You'll be given an assessment ... Learn more

  • The 5 Most Dangerous Painkiller Myths

    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 ...

    ... negative consequences. According to the CDC , in 2014, more than 2 million people in the US abused opiates . Many of these individuals exhibit behaviors or have mental health issues that are risk factors for opioid ... Learn more

  • The Effects of Suboxone Use

    The Effects of Suboxone Use

    Overview of Suboxone The Suboxone Debate: Learn why use of Suboxone is a hotly contested issue. Suboxone is a combination ...

    ... of opioid withdrawal. 1 Can I Become Addicted to Suboxone? Suboxone is used in the long-term management of opiate abuse to end the pattern of abuse, but it actually can be abused itself. In fact, currently, aside ... Learn more

  • Methadone Programs: A Bad Treatment Plan for Addicted Parents?

    When it comes to the negative effects of substance abuse , addiction casts a wide net. Addicted parents, in particular, are faced with a unique ...

    ... Parents Receiving Methadone Treatment For opiate-addicted parents receiving treatment via methadone ... . The Snowball Effect of Methadone While opiate addiction clearly has far-reaching negative effects ... Learn more

  • 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. ...

    ... the United States. But a recently published study highlights a strange trend: Non-medical use of opiates has decreased, while prescription opioid use disorders, frequency of use and related deaths has actually increased ... Learn more

  • Suboxone Abuse

    Suboxone Abuse

    Suboxone is a mixture of naloxone and buprenorphine . It's typically used in the management of opioid abuse and withdrawa l. It can be ...

    ... on heroin or painkiller medications may seek out Suboxone illicitly to manage the unwanted results that occur when an opiate is not available. However, if Suboxone is taken while an opioid drug is still in the system, it ... Learn more

  • The Effects of Subutex Use

    The Effects of Subutex Use

    What Is Subutex? NOTE: Subutex has been discontinued; however, buprenorphine is still prescribed in combination with naloxone in ...

    ... respiratory depression or cardiovascular collapse. Additionally, if you take Subutex within 6 hours of taking an opiate drug like heroin, you can go into precipitated withdrawal. This means that you end up suffering ... Learn more

  • 5 Psychological Side Effects of Percocet

    Percocet is a combination of acetaminophen and oxycodone, landing this medication in a family of drugs known as opioids . They're commonly ...

    ... is a very powerful opioid . Abused or overused, it fogs your mind as it floods your brain's opiate receptors. As a result, thoughts are unclear and confusion sets in, making it hard to put coherent thoughts together ... Learn more

  • True or False: Ready to Put Your Fentanyl Knowledge to the Test?

    Fentanyl. This potent opiate has added a whole new level of danger to the opioid crisis, causing a staggering number of overdoses and deaths. Part ...

    ... it has been responsible for a rising number of deaths. From 2014 to 2015, deaths involving synthetic opiates such as fentanyl increased by almost 75 percent. True or False: Fentanyl can't be absorbed through ... Learn more

  • Gabapentin: New Drug of Abuse for People in Treatment? Risk vs Reward

    According to the latest Census in 2015, the United States has a total population of 321 million people. In the same year, 57 million prescriptions ...

    ... . However, drug abusers say it has the power to increase euphoric effects when used in combination with drugs like opiates or benzos. In 2013 alone, gabapentin played a role in 41 deaths, mostly caused by dangerous drug ... Learn more

  • Am I Addicted to Oxycodone? How Can I Quit Safely?

    Opiates are one of the best inventions of mankind for so many reasons. They formed the basis of modern medicine and inspired a huge range for ...

    Opiates are one of the best inventions of mankind for so many reasons. They formed the basis of modern medicine and inspired a huge range for pharmaceuticals. Plenty of drug companies started off by manufacturing ... Learn more

  • 25 Harmful Effects of Morphine

    Morphine is an effective pain reliever. It's administered frequently by healthcare professionals. It's prescribed to manage moderate to severe pain ...

    ... delivers the following side effects. Effects on Behavior Abuse/Misuse/Addiction - As with other opiates, morphine use comes with the risk of dependence. Patients receiving morphine, even in healthy prescribed ... Learn more

  • DEA: Heroin ‘Probably’ More Dangerous Than Marijuana

    With 23 states and Washington D.C. legalizing medical marijuana and four states legalizing it for recreational use, it's quite possible we'll see ...

    ... , it's crucial that the DEA makes it a priority to learn more about a drug that we're yet to truly understand. Additional Reading: Opiates, Overdose and Permanent Brain Damage Image Source: iStock Learn more

  • Shackled to a Methadone Clinic

    She's been going to the same clinic for five years. Every day, she takes a bus, walks the last two blocks from the bus stop and gets in line for ...

    ... willing to give Methadone a chance, after all she wanted to get clean. While Kathy didn't go through opiate withdrawal, she still gets sick if she doesn't make it to the clinic for her daily methadone dose. Knowing ... Learn more

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

    An estimated 1.9 million people in the U.S. are addicted to prescription opioid drugs. Although there is no magical drug to treat opiate addiction, ...

    ... the U.S. are addicted to prescription opioid drugs. Although there is no magical drug to treat opiate addiction, as part of a medication-assisted treatment (MAT) approach, there are a handful of treatment pharmaceuticals ... Learn more

  • Dilaudid Abuse

    Dilaudid Abuse

    Dilaudid (hydromorphone) is a prescription opioid prescribed for the relief of pain. It may be prescribed as a liquid, tablet, rectal ...

    ... its sedating, relaxing, and euphoric effects. The euphoric high is similar to that of heroin and other opiates. Abuse of the drug can be dangerous and potentially fatal. Overdose and death can occur when Dilaudid is ... Learn more

  • The Effects of Carisoprodol Use

    The Effects of Carisoprodol Use

    Carisoprodol, sold under the trade names Soma and Vanadom, is a muscle relaxant that acts as a strong sedative. The drug is often ...

    ... long-term effects of those drugs when looking at the long-term effects of carisoprodol use. Long-term opiate use raises the risk of overdose and can permanently impair the brain's ability to create an appropriate level ... Learn more

  • Commonly Abused Drugs

    Commonly Abused Drugs

    Marijuana Abuse Though illegal to use or have possession of, marijuana is a commonly abused drug and many people are unaware of its ...

    ... drugs to manage debilitating or chronic pain problems. Though they play a critical role in pain management, opiates aren't appropriate for all pain. Treatment needs to be tailored depending on a patient's specific ... Learn more

  • Why Painkillers Are So Hard to Detox From

    Pain is a curious product of the human body. Why do we suffer from it? How does it help us? And why do some enjoy it? First, pain helps us avoid ...

    ... symptoms, everything from nausea to pain. The body has become used to having opiates in it, so it struggles to readjust to the new opiate-free diet. Unfortunately, this means it reacts badly. Naturally, you'll be a ... Learn more

  • Is This New Drug the Holy Grail of All Pain Relievers?

    Millions of Americans suffer daily from chronic pain. Factor in all the people managing temporary pain after accidents or surgeries and you have a ...

    ... of morphine, an extremely powerful and addictive opioid results in thousands of overdose deaths each year. Like other opiates, morphine has its drawbacks. In fact, the drug has over 25 official side effects that impact ... Learn more

  • Study: Medical Marijuana Cuts Use of Prescription Drugs

    Study: Medical Marijuana Cuts Use of Prescription Drugs

    A recent study published in the Journal of Alternative and Complementary Medicine, revealed medical marijuana users take fewer other medicines - ...

    ... prescriptions medications used to treat her medical conditions. She stated, “Medical cannabis is the reason I'm opiate free now…it really gave me my life back and makes my pain manageable, without inebriating me or ... Learn more

  • 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 - ...

    ... the euphoria - a feat reportedly achieved in a key late-stage study. A Breakthrough or Just Another Opiate? The drug - tentatively known as NKTR-181 - is as effective as existing long-acting opioids, according ... Learn more

  • Oxycodone History and Statistics

    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 ...

    ... , such as Percocet, also contain other types of analgesic drugs like acetaminophen (Tylenol). ... same effect increases over time. As the abuse of opiates has increased in recent years, so have emergency room visits ... Learn more

  • Effects of Drug Abuse on the Male and Female Reproductive Systems

    Effects of Drug Abuse on the Male and Female Reproductive Systems

    Substance abuse can negatively impact the reproductive health of both sexes in a number of ways and may contribute to serious problems like ...

    ... go through withdrawal shortly after birth. This is common in infants exposed to heroin and other opiates, alcohol, benzodiazepines, barbiturates and caffeine. Drugs that may have a negative effect on infants during ... Learn more

  • Drug Relapse

    Drug Relapse

    Drug addiction is a chronic disease that affects millions of people around the world. It is characterized by intense drug cravings and an ...

    ... 4 . Drug Relapse Warning Signs View Information on Specific Drugs Alcohol Cocaine Heroin Meth Opiates Current research suggests that relapse is a gradual process wherein a person in ... Learn more

  • Snorting Ketamine

    Snorting Ketamine

    Ketamine is a drug used in human and animal surgery to induce numbness and sedation without compromising breathing and blood pressure 1 . It is a ...

    ... to either accidents or because it was used together with another intoxicating substance, such as alcohol, opiates, cocaine, or amphetamine 1 . Combining ketamine with other drugs can result in dangerous interactions and ... Learn more

  • Media and Infographics

    Media and Infographics

    From the substance abuse dangers to intervention tips, nothing communicates drug and treatment facts like imagery. DrugAbuse.com produces videos, ...

    ... substance users grow and heal along the journey. Videos The Deadly Truth About Opiates Drinking Alcohol While Breastfeeding Drinking Alcohol While Pregnant The Dangers of Taking Painkillers ... Learn more

  • Dangers of IV Drug Use: What You Need to Know About Track Marks

    Certain drugs can be injected into the muscle, under the skin, or directly into a vein. The later is the most popular method, as the intense ...

    ... up” or “slamming” and is typically identified with the use of heroin, cocaine, methamphetamines and opiates. Usually found on the forearms, fresh track marks are identified as non-healed puncture wounds. Continued ... Learn more

  • Mother of Newborn Arrested After Failing Drug Test

    There has been an enormous amount of debate and passion as of late - all of it spurred on by one question: what should happen to mothers who ...

    ... Timeline of Events Authorities in Etowah County said that Courtney Starr Hyfield-Parker, 26, tested positive for opiates shortly after giving birth to twins - one of whom was stillborn. Her child that survived the ... Learn more

  • Don’t Do Me Any Favors: When Sharing Means Anything But Caring

    Tom fell off a ladder and hurt his back. His doctor gave him a prescription for Percocet , a powerful opioid painkiller. He only took a couple and ...

    ... lethal. Even if you (and the other person) believe that it's safe, it's a terrible idea. Opiates are very potent painkillers and, when misused, can result in overdose . The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention ... Learn more

  • Who Are You Without Your Drug of Choice?

    Addiction is the ultimate identity thief. It doesn't set up false bank accounts or hack your email - it steals your identity from within. ...

    ... attended art therapy each week as part of her treatment. She discovered a hidden talent. With her mind clear of opiates , she found out she was full of creative ideas for beautiful works of art. And then there's Simon ... Learn more

  • 9 Mind-Blowing Facts About W-18

    Just when we thought things couldn't get any worse than fentanyl … The street-drug market has a new player - and it's even deadlier than ...

    ... . Fentanyl is 100 times stronger than morphine . This makes W-18 10,000 times stronger than classic opiates. Contact Kill: “You only need a tiny speck of W-18, which can cause respiratory depression and can ... Learn more

  • Should We Offer Suboxone in Jails and Prisons?

    Of the hundreds of thousands of people entering our country's jails and prisons each year, an estimated 15 percent are addicted to opiates, ...

    ... thousands of people entering our country's jails and prisons each year, an estimated 15 percent are addicted to opiates, according to a 2009 study . Yet, a majority of these facilities don't provide a single medication ... Learn more

  • Hydrocodone History and Statistics

    Hydrocodone History and Statistics

    What Is Hydrocodone? Hydrocodone is powerful opiate drug that serves dual purposes when used as directed. It is both an effective cough ...

    ... drug creates tolerance that progresses more slowly than other opiates . Over time, someone will require more hydrocodone ... of Hydrocodone Hydrocodone costs vary by type of medication: Vicodin: 30 tablets ... Learn more

  • Taking Action: How to Intervene During an Overdose

    Drug overdoses are now the leading cause of accident death in the United States. According to the Centers of Disease Control (CDC), 43,982 drug ...

    ... body. Although signs and symptoms vary depending on the type of drug abused and the person's tolerance, it's ... the last 10 years. Since both of these opiates have a depressant effect, the same intervention tactics are ... Learn more

  • The Effects of Painkiller Use

    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 ...

    ... prescription medicines. 10,11 It helps with all types of pain—including headache, muscle aches, sore ... The Neurobiology of Drug Addiction: 4: Opiates binding to opiate receptors in the nucleus accumbens: increased ... Learn more

  • Legalizing Marijuana Decreases Fatal Opiate Overdoses, Study Shows

    According to the American Academy of Pain Medicine, more than 100 million Americans suffer from chronic pain. In an effort to relieve that constant ...

    ... with a plan that combats the nation's dependence on opiates , a new study published last week in the journal ... Rehab Whether you're looking for a specific type of rehab treatment, substance related info or additional ... Learn more

  • Hydrocodone Abuse

    Hydrocodone Abuse

    About Hydrocodone Hydrocodone is an opioid analgesic (painkiller) drug - included in the formulation of many narcotic prescription ...

    ... prescribed to control moderate to severe pain. As an opiate drug, it is in the same family as ... need more help, there are inpatient treatment centers. With this type of program, you live at the facility until the program ... Learn more

  • Demerol Abuse

    Demerol Abuse

    Demerol, also known by the street name “demmies” and the generic name meperidine , is a prescription opioid painkiller. Demerol is used to ...

    ... family members. They may falsely assume that prescription drugs are safer than illegal “hard” drugs, like the opiate heroin , or cocaine. An article in the Journal of Adolescent Health lists factors that could put ... Learn more

  • Snorting Morphine

    Snorting Morphine

    Morphine is a prescription opioid medication used to treat relatively severe pain 1 . Morphine is prescribed in a variety of forms, including ...

    ... ed.). Arlington, VA: American Psychiatric Publishing. U.S. National Library of Medicine: MedlinePlus. (2016). Opiate and opioid withdrawal . National Institute on Drug Abuse. (2012). Medication-assisted treatment for ... Learn more

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

    A dangerous batch of heroin circulating throughout the city of Chicago has caused a record-breaking 74 overdoses in the span of just three days. ...

    ... s 50 times more powerful than morphine. Combined with heroin, it's a concoction that can be deadly. As an opiate, fentanyl produces a state of relaxation or euphoria. It is often used an as anesthetic and depresses, or ... Learn more

  • The Effects of Fentanyl Use

    The Effects of Fentanyl Use

    Is Fentanyl Dangerous? Fentanyl may be administered through: Patches. Oral or nasal spray. Lollipops (a 'troche' or lozenge with a ...

    ... reserved for already opioid-tolerant patients (those already having grown tolerant to a therapeutic dose of some other opiate) . Any person who uses fentanyl and doesn't have an opioid tolerance is risking his health ... Learn more

  • Don’t Be Fooled: Tramadol Abuse Poses Very Real Dangers

    Ultram. Conzip. Rybix ODT. These name brands of tramadol have recently flooded the marketplace with their painkilling properties. Since its ...

    ... 43 million tramadol prescriptions were written in the U.S. For years, this drug was thought of as the safe opiate. Then, in 2010, the FDA became a bit more cautious about the drug. It advised doctors not to prescribe ... Learn more

  • DEA Finally Acknowledges the Heroin Epidemic

    According to recent statistics gathered during a detailed research investigation - a project aptly dubbed The National Heroin Threat Assessment - ...

    ... drug manufacturers and public policymakers tried to make opiate painkillers harder to abuse. Drugs such as ... many cases, is now cheaper and easier to obtain than opiate pain pills ever were. In 2013, a report by SAMHSA ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... powerful drug accounted for a whopping 30 percent of the entire painkiller market. Rise of the Opiate Industry Looking back, this astronomical rise in OxyContin use indicated a consequential mishandling of a highly ... Learn more

  • 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 ...

    ... determine if this drug will provide a safe and effective alternative for opiate addiction treatment . Additional Reading: Outlook on Opiate Abuse: There's Good News and Bad News Image Source: iStock Learn more

  • The Effects of Dilaudid Use

    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 ...

    ... Section. (July 2013). Hydromorphone . Heller, J. (April 20, 2016). U.S. National Library of Medicine. Opiate and Opioid Withdrawal . Berger, F. (February 24, 2014). Substance Use Disorder . U.S. National Library of ... Learn more

  • Recognizing a Codeine Overdose

    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 ...

    ... factors that contribute to codeine overdose risks. First, the sheer number of opioids available has dramatically risen. Opiate prescriptions have increased from 76 million in 1991 to 207 million in 2013 7 . A major ... Learn more

  • Vicodin Overdose

    Vicodin Overdose

    Vicodin is the brand name for an opioid painkiller medication that contains hydrocodone and acetaminophen 1 . Opioids can be very addictive for ...

    ... (2015). Hydrocodone\/oxycodone overdose . Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration. (2016). Naloxone . U.S. National Library of Medicine: MedlinePlus. (2016). Opiate and opioid withdrawal . "} Learn more

  • Snorting Fentanyl

    Snorting Fentanyl

    Fentanyl is a pain-relieving substance with two main uses 1 : Treating significant acute, post-operative pain following surgery. Treating ...

    ... for use in opioid-tolerant patients 3,4 . Fentanyl is up to 100 times more powerful than morphine , an opiate that is addictive in its own right 1,3 . In recent years, fentanyl has become a major health concern, as ... Learn more

  • Snorting Vicodin

    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 ...

    ... occurring opioid alkaloid precursors (in this case, from codeine) 2 . Hydrocodone interacts with opiate receptors throughout the central nervous system (CNS) to change perceptions of pain. Hydrocodone is prescribed ... Learn more

  • Drug Abuse Problems

    Drug Abuse Problems

    The Devastating Effects of Drug Abuse and Addiction The effects are pervasive and carry huge costs to society as a whole. ...

    ... on the very medication intended to help them. The types of drug abuse problems are diverse, but can include: ... Problems associated with depressant drugs ( opiates / benzodiazepines / barbiturates): Excessive ... Learn more

  • Opioid Painkiller Abuse

    Opioid Painkiller Abuse

    The category of prescription painkillers covers a wide variety of opioid drugs, including morphine , codeine , oxycodone ( OxyContin , ...

    ... ).\u00a0 DrugFacts: Understanding Drug Use and Addiction . Harvard Health Publishing. (2019).\u00a0 Treating Opiate Addiction, Part 1: Detoxification and maintenance .\u00a0 Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services ... Learn more

  • What You Need to Know About ‘Zombie Drug’ Krokodil

    Krokodil (Crocodil) is a homemade version of a synthetic drug called desomorphine. As the name deso-morphine suggests, the chemical is in the ...

    ... the U.S. there was a major health scare last year after an Arizona man was hospitalized. He was an opiate addict who had injected himself with a homemade batch of Krokodil. Although there were numerous reports of the new ... Learn more

  • A Look at the Physical Anatomy of an Overdose

    A drug overdose occurs when the body has been overloaded with either prescription medication or an illicit substance. Under normal circumstances, ...

    ... 's more, the physical symptoms depend on the type of drug consumed. In a situation where every ... are mixed with alcohol, or other drugs such as opiates or barbiturates. A sedative overdose may begin with dizziness ... Learn more

  • Shocking Threats Swirl Around Tramadol Abuse

    Though Tramadol hasn't yet achieved the publicity other opioids have in the states, it sure is making waves abroad. Earlier this month, it was ...

    ... among developing and developed countries alike. The Spread of Tramadol and Violence Tramadol is a prescription opiate medication, but it's regularly sold as an alternative narcotic on the black market. Simply put ... Learn more

  • Finding New Life in a Methadone Program

    After falling off a ladder, Suzanne was rushed to the hospital and examined from stem to stern. Her pelvic bone was fractured and she'd sprained ...

    ... a young computer programmer who lived next door. To her surprise, Matthew revealed he'd also struggled with opiate addiction. But it was what he said next that would forever change Suzanne's world: “A methadone program ... Learn more

  • Relapsed on Heroin? 5 Ways to Regroup and Refocus on Recovery

    You've worked hard to build a new life. Brick by heavy brick, you laid the foundation for a life of sobriety . You were happily on the path to ...

    ... around; seek support immediately after a relapse to redirect and rebuild your recovery. Additional Reading: Here's a Simple Way to Decrease Opiate Cravings Image Source: iStock/DeathToTheStockPhoto Learn more

  • Actiq (Fentanyl) Lollipop Abuse

    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 ...

    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 ... Learn more

  • Flexeril Abuse

    Flexeril Abuse

    Flexeril (cyclobenzaprine) is a central nervous system (CNS) muscle relaxant commonly prescribed as short-term treatment for muscle injuries, ...

    ... they are for other drugs of abuse such as opiates , alcohol, or benzodiazepines. That said, some ... patient continues to reside in their home. This type of treatment is generally less expensive and more accessible ... Learn more

  • Oxycodone Overdose

    Oxycodone Overdose

    Oxycodone is a semi-synthetic opioid painkiller that is available in a range of doses and formulations (brand names include OxyContin, ...

    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 ... Learn more

  • Hydrocodone Overdose

    Hydrocodone Overdose

    Hydrocodone (brand names include Anexsia, Vicodin, Vicoprofen, Norco) is an opioid painkiller medication that is available by prescription. It ...

    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 ... Learn more

  • Fentanyl Overdose

    What is Fentanyl? Fentanyl (brand names include Actiq, Duragesic, and Sublimaze) is a very powerful synthetic opioid painkiller medication that ...

    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 ... Learn more

  • Signs & Symptoms of Hydromorphone Abuse

    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 ...

    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 ... Learn more

  • Effects of Hydromorphone Abuse

    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 ...

    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 ... Learn more

  • What Are the Side Effects of Oxycodone?

    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 ...

    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 ... Learn more

  • Smoking Can be a Serious Pain…in the Back

    If you have chronic back pain and are a long-time smoker, the latter may be causing the former, according to a study released by the Feinberg ...

    ... chronic condition. What Smokers Need to Know If you are a smoker who's been relieving chronic back pain with opiate medications, it's not a good idea to simply quit the meds cold turkey. If you've already developed a ... Learn more

  • Detour: Teens in Rural Areas More Likely to Abuse Painkillers

    When you think about the drug trade in America's big cities, it seems like it might be easier for teenagers to abuse drugs like prescription ...

    ... for increased treatment demand, risk of overdose and even death from these opioids.” The Rise of Rural Opiate Dependency One reason for the rising rate of opioid abuse among rural adolescents could be the limited ... Learn more

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Ryan Kelley is a nationally registered Emergency Medical Technician and the former managing editor of the Journal of Emergency Medical Services (JEMS). During his time at JEMS, Ryan developed Mobile Integrated Healthcare in Action, a series of in-depth articles on Community Paramedicine programs across the country that go beyond transporting patients to emergency rooms and connects specific patients, such as repeat system users, the homeless and others with behavioral health issues and substance use disorders, to definitive long-term care and treatment. In his current capacity as Medical Editor for American Addiction Centers, Ryan works to provide accurate, authoritative information to those seeking help for substance abuse and behavioral health issues.

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