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  • 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 ...

    ... to any substance or activity ... abusing opiates. External factors might include specific places, items, sounds, or even smells that lead to a desire to use. Knowing what you can do when you recognize a relapse warning sign ... 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 ...

    ... problem. Taking Percocet in an alternate method is another warning sign. For example, if the Percocet is prescribed as ... growing percentage of the total number of substance abuse treatment admissions in the United States. ... 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 ...

    ... or otherwise obtain the drug illegally. One key warning sign of addiction is a marked change in behavior. ... lead to organ damage from solid pieces of the substance entering the bloodstream. Blockages may cut off blood ... continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    ... show telltale signs and behaviors indicative of active substance abuse: Exaggerating pain ... to the American Association of Poison Control Centers. The Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) estimated that there were more than 82 ... 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 ...

    ... chronic health issues—the brain is actually changed by substance use. In this manner, addiction does not reflect ... important of drug addiction treatment. The following warning signs may indicate an addiction to Percocet 1 ... 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 . ...

    ... Chronic drug abuse or addiction of any type has its own consequences, regardless of the substance. Over time ... It is possible to overdose on Tussionex. There are warning signs of an overdose that should not be ignored, as ... 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: ...

    ... formulation of oxycodone. Controlled release OxyContin will provide signs that may be of lower intensity that last for ... . Statistics on Oxycodone Abuse Oxycodone has been a dangerous substance growing in popularity over ... 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 ...

    ... liver-damaging substance, Lortab's dangerous effects are heightened to extreme levels. Lortab abuse and addiction ... Lortab as prescribed. It could be a strong warning sign of impending dependency if, while taking Lortab as ... continue reading
  • Ultram Abuse

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

    ... to 20,000 in 2011, according to The Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN). Per the National Survey on Drug Use ... for the signals of substance use and abuse in your child. If you see any of the signs below, get help immediately ... 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 ...

    ... use and the signs and symptoms of overdose. Abuse of most substances produce noticeable signs and symptoms. Learn ... breathing and death. In particular, the FDA warns doctors and patients against taking morphine with ... continue reading
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  • 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 ...

    ... with other sedating chemicals like alcohol or sleeping pills, suffering from undiagnosed sleep apnea or heroin abuse, thousands die each year from opioid overdose. A few of these lethal combinations include the following ... 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 ...

    ... , so it's important to be extra vigilant about recognizing the warning signs of dependence when taking Norco. Norco Abuse Hydrocodone use and abuse has reached astronomical levels in the United States, prompting the DEA ... 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 ...

    ... a slew of side effects as well as the danger for abuse and addiction. In fact, in March of 2016, the Centers ... Other Medicine If you want to try a medicinal substance that is not a prescription painkiller, there are some ... continue reading
  • Dextromethorphan Abuse

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

    ... a “date-rape” drug . Signs and Symptoms Physical Signs and Symptoms Euphoria. Feelings of detachment ... of healing, call . Who's Abusing DXM? According to the Drug Abuse Warning Network's Dawn Report, persons between ... 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 ...

    ... its high potential for abuse and addiction . According to the Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN ED), ... these substances boosts your risk of respiratory depression and overdose. Long-Term Effects of Abusing Opana Aside ... 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 ...

    ... During Pregnancy The rates of prescription painkiller use and abuse are rising in the United States, and pregnant women ... Norco, Vicodin). When a pregnant woman uses substances such as opioid painkillers, the drugs can pass ... continue reading
  • 7 Things to Know About Quitting Opioids

    Opioids are used by millions of Americans. It seems that every day a news article is being shared on television or the Internet about opioid misuse, addiction, and unfortunately, overdose. With new information emerging each year from research and ...

    ... (MAT) for long-term treatment. Both methadone and buprenorphine have demonstrated success in helping treat substance use disorders. They are usually preferred over other medications for opioid withdrawal because they can ... 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 ...

    ... are using Actiq appropriately, if they are using the substance alone or in combination with other drugs, and/or ... . The list provided in the previous section gives some signs a person may be addicted to Actiq. If you think ... 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 ...

    ... 've reached the point of dependency. Behavioral signs can include: Taking more medication than prescribed Taking ... much you're taking Additional Reading: Outlook on Opiate Abuse: There's Good News and Bad News Image Source ... 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 ...

    ... by the half life of the drug, how heavily the individual abused the drug, and how long they used opioids. For drugs ... Insomnia. Agitation. Tremors. Goosebumps and fever are signs of a more severe withdrawal. The rates of ... 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 ...

    ... much more potent than heroin) 7 . Side Effects Users may abuse the drug because of its pleasurable effects. However, oxy can ... sensation that reinforces continued use 7 . Signs that a person is addicted to oxycodone may ... 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 ...

    ... can produce effects similar to the stronger opioid drug oxycodone , a widely abused medication. What Are the Signs of Addiction? Tramadol users show signs of addiction in every aspect of their lives. Someone developing a ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Fentanyl Addict

    Fentanyl is an opiate narcotic used to relieve severe pain, such as breakthrough cancer pain. It is extremely potent - 50-100 times more potent than morphine and 30-50 times more potent than heroin . Fentanyl is often mixed with heroin or cocaine ...

    ... again and again, building up a tolerance and developing a devastating addiction. What are the Signs of Addiction? The signs of fentanyl abuse are similar to that of other opiates in that they can range from mild to life ... continue reading
  • Opana: The New Opiate of Choice Among Addicts?

    In 1995, the Food and Drug Administration approved the opioid OxyContin for treating chronic pain. The drug netted a quick $45 million in sales its first year on the market. Ten years later, sales of OxyContin ballooned to $3.1 billion and the ...

    ... significantly increasing the risk of overdose. Some signs and symptoms of an Opana overdose generally include ... reformulated the drug in an effort to combat its widespread abuse. The “new” OxyContin was harder to snort and ... 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 ...

    ... unintentionally. They initially start taking it for pain, as prescribed by 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 ... 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, ...

    ... and they will require more and more to achieve those same results. The most noticeable signs and symptoms of Vicodin abuse are: Appearing drowsy. An obsession with procuring and consuming Vicodin. .An inability to focus ... 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 ...

    ... . As people become dependent on opiates - physically and 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 ... 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 ...

    ... day, 2.1 million people in the U.S. abuse opioids. The CDC reports that 165,000 Americans died from ... up to 40 percent of non-cancer patients on opiates show signs of addiction and that opiates aren't an effective method of ... 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 ...

    ... lend themselves to compulsive use or abuse because of the feelings they can provide, which include: Decreased pain. Euphoric feelings. Sense of intense relaxation. What are the Signs of Addiction? Abusers of morphine ... 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, ...

    ... the symptoms of a tramadol overdose may one day mean the difference between life and death. Signs and Symptoms People who abuse tramadol in any way put themselves at some risk of overdosing, though toxicity is rare when ... 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 ...

    ... depression. Overdose. Death. Recognizing the signs and symptoms of Demerol abuse can prevent severe negative consequences from occurring. Signs and Symptoms The signs and symptoms of Demerol abuse can vary from person to ... continue reading
  • Dying to Get High: Half of 2014 U.S. Drug Deaths Caused By Opiates

    It's well-documented that heroin and prescription painkiller abuse are two of the biggest drug problems in the U.S., but a new report from the Drug Enforcement Administration highlights just how serious the problem is. Shocking Death Rate Chuck ...

    ... and friends, it's a health hazard that shows no sign of slowing down. In addition, opioids were responsible a ... it's too Late… If someone you know is abusing prescription drugs , encourage them to talk with their doctor ... 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 ...

    ... fear mongering of late, overdose reversal kits are not a crutch that allows someone to continue his or her substance abuse. On the contrary, these kits are a tool meant to keep people alive long enough to get them the ... 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 ...

    ... when taken intravenously, the effects of methylphenidate can mimic the effects of cocaine. There are many signs of methylphenidate abuse that may show up in users. They include, but are not limited to, the following ... 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 ...

    ... when combined with other sedative drugs or depressant substances such as alcohol. 3 Can I Become Addicted ... of 10th graders, and 3.4% of 12th graders abused cough and cold medicines in the previous year for recreational ... 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 of morphine abuse. These can include the immediate side effects on someone's health and personality and lifestyle ... 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 ...

    ... other shorter-acting, more potent opioid receptor agonist substances - in other words, methadone use shouldn't ... are minimized. What Are the Signs of Addiction? One of the key signs of abuse and addiction to methadone is ... 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 ...

    ... opioid epidemic sweeping the nation, heroin and painkiller abuse have been in the spotlight for treatment providers ... its own. Additional Reading: The Damage Done - 6 Long-Term Reminders of Meth Abuse Image Source: iStock 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 ...

    ... is help out there for anyone who is addicted to the substance, and it's never been easier to get help. How ... the pain; OxyContin abuse or addiction is all about being out of control. Common signs of addiction to OxyContin ... 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 ...

    ... someone who is taking opioids that you know the signs of an overdose: 7 Looking very pale and feeling ... may feel too ashamed to admit they're now struggling with drug abuse. Of course, it doesn't matter if you're older, ... 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. ...

    ... narcotic and is associated with an increased risk for abuse, dependence, and addiction . There are several ... increase this risk. What are the Signs of Addiction? Addiction to a substance is the result of both physical ... 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, ...

    ... . Paranoia. Slowed heart rate. Stomach pain. Twitching of the muscles. Weakness. Weight loss. Another clear sign of abuse you may notice is the user having multiple prescriptions from different doctors , as well as an ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Codeine Addict

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

    ... for Codeine Addicts When a codeine abuser begins to exhibit signs of addiction, they often need help to stop. There ... classified it as a Schedule II substance , which means it has noted abuse potential . The drug is ... 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 ...

    ... or violent. Is taking several mood-altering substances. Has discussed suicide or exhibited suicidal behavior. ... What Are the Signs of Addiction? Some common signs of Dilaudid addiction/abuse include: Needing more ... 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 ...

    ... 1 . Those believing they are buying their normal drug of choice (e.g., heroin) may be getting a substance that is much stronger than their bodies can handle. Fentanyl can heighten the potency of heroin and lead quickly ... 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 ...

    ... In 2017, 1.7 million people suffered from substance use disorders (SUDs) related to prescription opioid painkillers ... Short-Term Effects Many painkillers that are typically abused fall under the opioid category. The effects ... 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 ...

    ... opioid receptors. Similar to other drugs in this class of substances, some people may be at risk for addiction if they ... tramadol is much less potent than other commonly abused narcotics when it is injected, it was thought ... 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 ...

    ... about Ibogaine . She already knew that it's a psychoactive substance which comes from a West African plant. She knew it ... treatment . Additional Reading: Outlook on Opiate Abuse: There's Good News and Bad News Image ... 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 ...

    ... pain. Norco use can begin on a legitimate basis but quickly take a turn toward dependency and abuse. The risk of abuse is especially high for those with a history of addiction. Those addicted to Norco have often built ... 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, ...

    ... , spinal cord and gastrointestinal tract. When opiate substances are introduced to the body, they attach to ... million Americans—about 1 in 6—have admitted to abusing prescription drugs. 17 The Need for Treatment Is Rising ... 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” ...

    ... States today. Consider the following statistics from the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration: In 2014, 1 ... use disorder , and one of the main signs is continued use despite negative impact on physical ... 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 ...

    ... prescription medications out of reach, have periodic conversations about substance abuse, and acquaint themselves with the common signs and symptoms of teen drug abuse, such as: Sudden or extreme changes in personality ... 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 ...

    ... treatment programs provide many with quality substance abuse treatment, but with enough flexibility ... the dangerous effects of Hydrocodone use. What are the Signs of Addiction? Addiction tends to affect every aspect of ... continue reading
  • How to Help a Dextromethorphan Addict

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

    ... for abuse and addiction. Like other abused substances, recovery from any type or level of abuse or addiction ... have a serious problem or not. Here are some signs that DXM abusers commonly exhibit, as well as symptoms they ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Dextromethorphan Use

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

    ... Administration has expressed concern over the instance of abuse of this drug and the fact that pure ... produce effects such as those seen with “dissociative anesthetic” substances, such as PCP (“Angel Dust”) and Ketamine ( ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Methylphenidate Use

    Methylphenidate (brand names: Ritalin, Concerta) is a stimulant prescribed for Attention Deficit Disorder (ADD), Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), and narcolepsy. Stimulants, like Ritalin, are one of the three most commonly abused ...

    ... and lead to addiction. Methylphenidate should only be used as directed and never taken without a prescription. If abuse of methylphenidate is taking over your life, know that you can get better. Check out the types of ... continue reading
  • Methadone Overdose

    Some see it as merely replacing one addiction with another, however others see it as the lesser of two evils since, unlike street drugs, methadone may be legally prescribed and requires ongoing medical supervision. In a perfect world, both addiction ...

    ... of methadone to intensify the high. Here are some signs and symptoms you might encounter if you or someone ... methadone with other substances such as other opioids, sedatives, cocaine, or alcohol. Abusing the drug when ... 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 ...

    ... save your life or that of someone you love. Signs and Symptoms of Hydrocodone Overdose Hydrocodone overdose occurs when ... into their own reasons for turning to substance abuse. Program options include: Outpatient treatment ... 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 ...

    ... counseling and/or behavioral therapies to treat substance use disorders. Vocational and educational services ... to Demerol? Apart from the physical signs and symptoms of abuse, some indications that you might be addicted ... 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 ...

    ... the Controlled Substances Act, with accepted medical use for pain relief but a high potential for abuse and dependence ... is a common indicator of dependence. Other signs of Dilaudid dependence and addiction include: Needing ... 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 ...

    ... in people that use the substance as prescribed as well as those abusing the substance. Don't let Vicodin ... the continued use of the substance despite negative consequences and warnings from doctors, family members, ... continue reading
  • Opiates, Overdose and Permanent Brain Damage

    Permanent brain damage due to an opiate overdose is a very real, life-altering consequence of opiate abuse . The dramatic increase of opiate-related deaths is now demanding public attention, but the consequence of permanent brain damage remains ...

    ... every five seconds. Not only can rescue breathing save someone's life, it may help minimize the chances of permanent brain damage. Learn more about the statistics and reality of substance abuse . Image Source: iStock 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 ...

    ... , coma, or even death. If you recognize the signs and symptoms of fentanyl abuse in yourself or a loved one, don't wait ... Fentanyl Statistics Fentanyl is a highly addictive substance that has many inherent dangers. Note ... 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 ...

    ... Survey on Drug Use and Health showed that people aged 18-25 were the most likely to report ever having abused oxycodone (9.9%) compared to 6% of people 26 and older. The Monitoring the Future Survey, funded by NIDA ... continue reading
  • Codeine Abuse

    Overview of Codeine Abuse Codeine is an opiate drug often found in prescription-strength cough syrups, or in a combination formulation with various other analgesics (for example, with acetaminophen - under the brand name Tylenol 3). It is used ...

    ... per bottle to obtain cough syrup for illegal use. Signs and Symptoms of Abuse If you think someone you are close to may ... a 5-year period. According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA), ... continue reading
  • Percocet Overdose

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  • How to Help a Tussionex Addict

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  • Side Effects of Tussionex Abuse

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  • How to Help a Painkillers Addict

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  • The Effects of Methadone Use

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  • How to Help a Percocet Addict

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  • New Programs Aimed at Appalachian Opioid Crisis

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  • Newsflash: Tramadol Really is an Opiate

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  • How to Help an Opiate Addict

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  • Opana Abuse

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  • Prescription Opioid Addiction

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  • How to Help a Methylphenidate Addict

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  • Oxycodone Overdose

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  • Recognizing a Codeine Overdose

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  • Vicodin Overdose

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  • Methadone Withdrawal

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  • Snorting Morphine

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  • Side Effects of Demerol Use

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  • Opioid Painkiller Abuse

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  • The Effects of OxyContin Use

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  • How to Help an Oxycodone Addict

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  • Outlook on Opiate Abuse: There’s Good News and Bad News

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  • New Experimental Opioid Makes Some Awfully Big Promises

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  • How to Help an Opana Addict

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  • Tramadol Withdrawal

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  • The Effects of Opiates on the Body

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  • Snorting Methadone

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  • Can You Overdose on Painkillers?

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  • The Effects of Opioid Use

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  • The Effects of Percocet Use

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  • How to Help a Vicodin Addict

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  • Opioids

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  • Snorting Vicodin

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  • 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 ...

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