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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, ...

    ... products are schedule IV, which indicates a certain degree of increased safety and lower risk. For these reasons, tramadol is prescribed at high levels, with nearly 44 million prescriptions written in 2013 2 . This marks ... 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 ...

    ... Agitation. Lack of coordination. Rapid heartbeat. Long-Term Effects of Tramadol An increasing number of practitioners shy away from prescribing Tramadol for long-term use due as knowledge of the undesirable effects that ... 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, ...

    ... you understand: What tramadol is. Signs of tramadol abuse. Symptoms of tramadol withdrawal and overdose. Treatment for tramadol addiction. What is Tramadol? Tramadol is an opioid analgesic prescribed to help manage pain ... continue reading
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  • 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), ...

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

    ... of time. Even people who use tramadol as prescribed by their doctor can become addicted if they take the medication consistently for a long period of time. Tramadol can have numerous detrimental and addictive 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 ...

    ... less reputable online suppliers. Because of concerns about the possibility of tramadol abuse , the prescribing and usage patterns of this drug were monitored for several years after it was first marketed in the US. After ... continue reading
  • Tramadol Withdrawal

    Tramadol is an opioid medication that works to relieve moderately severe pain by changing the way that the brain and nervous system perceive and respond to pain 1,2 . The substance was prescribed more than 43 million times during 2013 according to ...

    ... is often marked by flu-like symptoms and strong cravings for more tramadol 2,6 : Tramadol withdrawal is rarely life-threatening. The most common risk of tramadol withdrawal is the risk of relapse. Because of the severe ... 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 ...

    ... OxyContin Harmful? OxyContin is an opiate that is often prescribed for moderate to strong post-surgical pain or more chronic ... Methoxetamine PCP Steroids Kratom Benzodiazepines Tramadol Ambien Codeine Vicodin Demerol ... 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 ...

    ... taken in higher amounts than prescribed. It is taken more often than recommended. It is used for reasons other than pain relief. ... Methoxetamine PCP Steroids Kratom Benzodiazepines Tramadol Ambien Codeine Vicodin Demerol ... 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 ...

    ... If you take opiates (like oxycodone , tramadol , fentanyl or morphine ) every day for more than four weeks, there's ... Taking more medication than prescribed Taking opiates even when not needed for pain Going to multiple ... 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 ...

    ... has a high potential for abuse and addiction. Hydrocodone is the most frequently prescribed opioid medication in the ... MXE/Methoxetamine PCP Steroids Benzodiazepines Tramadol Ambien Codeine Vicodin Demerol Oxycontin ... 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 ...

    ... Vicodin and Lortab are the most commonly prescribed forms. For several years, drugs containing hydrocodone like Vicodin ... /Methoxetamine PCP Steroids Kratom Benzodiazepines Tramadol Ambien Codeine Demerol Oxycontin Klonopin ... 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 ...

    ... abstinence. Clonidine is typically prescribed for high blood pressure, but when prescribed for opiate withdrawal, it can ... Methoxetamine PCP Steroids Kratom Benzodiazepines Tramadol Ambien Codeine Vicodin Oxycontin Klonopin ... 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 ...

    ... or may be prescribed in either an oral solution or tablet form. Its use is frequently reserved for those with severe ... MXE/Methoxetamine PCP Steroids Kratom Benzodiazepines Tramadol Ambien Codeine Vicodin Demerol Oxycontin ... 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 ...

    ... block the lethal interaction. Ultimately, they hope to develop new drugs that can be prescribed with painkillers, preventing negative breathing effects. The results? Pain relief without respiratory arrest and thousands ... 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 ...

    ... he hadn't felt comfortable asking his doctor for the prescription required to pick it up at a ... and those who may be at risk of overdosing on a prescribed medication. This model of pharmacy-based naloxone (PBN) was first ... 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 ...

    ... not breathing, it is critical to perform rescue breathing to begin circulating oxygen to the brain. While waiting for help to arrive, tilt the victim's head back, pinch the nose, and seal their mouth with yours. Breathe ... 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 ...

    ... individuals tolerant to opioid and should not be used for postoperative or acute pain. It should be kept ... individual to take more. 12 Actiq should not be prescribed to individuals who are not already tolerant to opioids ... continue reading
  • Outlook on Opiate Abuse: There’s Good News and Bad News

    It's no secret that the abuse of prescription opioid painkillers, like OxyContin and Percocet , has reached epidemic levels in the United States. But a recently published study highlights a strange trend: Non-medical use of opiates has decreased, ...

    ... 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 surveyed 472,000 people on their opioid use between 2003 and 2012, then ... 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 . ...

    ... that an individual is struggling with an addiction may include 4 : Taking more Tussionex than prescribed, taking it for longer than prescribed, or running out early. Failing to cut down or control one's use of the drug ... 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 ...

    ... pain, and this means they're routinely prescribed after major surgeries. 2,5 They may also be prescribed for severe pain from certain health conditions like cancer and for chronic pain. 5 Because of their reinforcing ... 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 ...

    ... . Video: Dying By Prescription Watch the 3-min clip from the video below for the story of one man who was prescribed Percocet in the hospital and quickly developed an addiction. Credit: 16x9onglobal Oxycodone Addiction ... 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 ...

    ... of abuse in the US, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), and the impact ... Demerol can be safely used when taken exactly as prescribed, it produces pleasurable effects that may promote misuse ... 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 ...

    ... hydromorphone were dispensed in the US. While drugs like Dilaudid are prescribed less frequently than in the past, emergency room visits for nonmedical use of hydromorphone increased by approximately 6,000 between 2008 ... 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 ...

    ... stop altogether. Methadone is a valuable addiction treatment pharmaceutical. When taken as prescribed, and under proper supervision, the potential for an addictive euphoric rush, the risks of negative side effects, and ... 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 ...

    ... 't have to rule your life. Treatment provides hope for recovery. [quizBuddy quiz=”Painkiller Abuse” question=”1″] Signs of Misuse If a loved one has been prescribed opioid painkillers or otherwise has access to them, the ... 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 ...

    ... the illegal drug heroin . 1,2 Prescription opioids are prescribed to treat moderate to severe pain and are often prescribed following surgery or injury or for health conditions causing chronic pain including cancer. 3,4 ... 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, ...

    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 ... 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 ...

    ... one should never use medication that was specifically prescribed for someone else. What is safe and effective for one person can lead to an accidental overdose for another. Prescription opioids are a heterogeneous group ... continue reading
  • Prescription Painkiller FAQ

    What are Prescription Painkillers? Prescription painkillers are opioid medications used to manage relatively severe pain (such as pain associated with surgical procedures or more chronic issues like cancer-related pain). 1, 2 They can be safe and ...

    ... the body by binding to and activating opioid receptors. Narcotics are generally prescribed by a physician for severe pain for relatively short durations of time. Some common prescription painkillers include: 4 Morphine ... 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 ...

    ... as anyone else. Parents must monitor their teen's methadone use if they have been prescribed the drug and watch for inappropriate increases in dose or regularity of ingestion. If you have concerns, discuss these with ... 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 ...

    ... is Roxicodone . It is a brand name for an opioid painkiller called oxycodone . The medication is prescribed for relatively severe levels of pain, and it can be abused for its ability to produce a pleasurable high 4 ... 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: ...

    ... Additionally, oxycodone use will put someone at risk for developing tolerance and dependence. People are at risk of these phenomena even when the medication is taken as prescribed and, over time, addiction may be the end ... 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 ...

    ... hydrocodone in combination with other analgesic or anti-inflammatory medication, such as ibuprofen. Doctors prescribe this opioid drug for its pain relief and cough suppressant qualities. When taken long-term and/or in ... 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 ...

    ... According to a recent Penn State study , squeezing in enough shut-eye can actually lower drug cravings for people hooked on opioids . Researching the Connection Between Sleep and Recovery It all started when Bo Cleveland ... 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 ...

    ... increasing your dosage on your own or taking the drug in ways other than prescribed. Furthermore, if you are using Opana for recreational purposes or to deal with uncomfortable situations and/or other negative feelings ... 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, ...

    ... to the development of an opioid use disorder (OUD). 3, 4, 7, 8 It is possible for this to happen even when opioids are taken as prescribed, but the risk is increased when prescription opioids are misused. 3, 4, 7, 8 How ... continue reading
  • Roxy Drug Abuse

    Roxicodone (often called “roxies”, “roxys” or “blues”) is one of the brand names for oxycodone, a powerful opioid prescription painkiller. Roxicodone is prescribed to alleviate pain that cannot be managed by non-opioid pain relievers. As ...

    ... called “roxies”, “roxys” or “blues”) is one of the brand names for oxycodone, a powerful opioid prescription painkiller. Roxicodone is prescribed to alleviate pain that cannot be managed by non-opioid pain relievers. As ... 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 ...

    ... . It also applies to individuals that use a drug when the problem it was initially prescribed for no longer requires its intended purpose. For people that suffer from addiction to the drug, do not abruptly stop using the ... 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 ...

    ... online confidential survey . Short-Term Effects When taken as prescribed, oxycodone can be a very effective painkiller. However, for some people, even at prescribed doses its use may be associated with other desirable ... 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 ...

    ... of an inpatient program, but care is limited to prescribed times during the week when the patient is available ... addiction. Scientists believe there are a number of reasons for the rise in popularity of opioid abuse. The ... 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 ...

    ... and abstinent environment. There are many maintenance medications such as methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone prescribed for opiate addiction that may be used to assist with detoxification or to prevent relapse on ... 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 ...

    ... 1 While findings are mixed regarding women who take prescribed doses of opioids during pregnancy, women who have ... including: 5 How much of the drug the mother used and for how long. How well the body clears the drug out of ... 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 ...

    ... of pain , but not all of them are addictive. Non-steroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs) are often prescribed for the treatment of mild to moderate pain; however, when the pain becomes more acute, your doctor may ... 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 ...

    ... the active ingredient in Tylenol—a mild pain reliever and fever reducer. What Does Percocet Do? Percocet is prescribed for short-term relief of moderate to severe pain that is not typically chronic in nature (i.e., post ... 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 ...

    ... in a manner other than that recommended by a doctor. If you take a larger dose of hydrocodone than prescribed, take it for a longer period than recommended, or take it more often throughout the day than directed, you are ... continue reading
  • How to Help an Opiate Addict

    Help for Opiates Addicts Opiates are some of the most abused drugs in America, with prescription opiates accounting for up to 5.1 million cases of addiction. Around 210 million doses of opiates, including morphine , OxyContin and Vicodin , were ...

    ... are derived from the opium poppy. Effectively, all opiates affect the body in the same way. Opiates are prescribed for treating moderate to severe pain, such as post-operative pain, back pain etc. They can also produce ... continue reading
  • Snorting Vicodin

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

    ... it orally? When the medication is taken as prescribed, the side effects are relatively limited, because oral ... in turn, get weaker, users may transition to heroin for a more potent high 6 . Second, opioid medications tend ... 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 ...

    ... more than 1 out of every 7 overdoses 5 . An overdose is rarely a risk for people that use the medication as prescribed, but the risk increases when people manipulate the substance to enhance the high 4 . Just one large ... 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) ...

    ... methods of administration like crushing and snorting it). Using medication that was not prescribed for you. Taking the substance for the purpose of getting high. People abusing hydromorphone will seek the pleasurable ... 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 ...

    ... , Percocet is addictive when the medication is taken in high doses and used for an extended period of time. Anyone who is prescribed Percocet may begin to develop physiologic dependence, even if he uses the medication ... 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 ...

    ... of Care . Medline Plus. Is Hydrocodone Addictive? Doctors prescribe hydrocodone - found in several commonly prescribed opioid analgesics such as Lortab, Norco and Vicodin - for the short-term management of a number of ... 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 ...

    ... the trap of addiction. Fortunately, there is help out there for anyone who is addicted to the substance, and it's never ... form of oxycodone, but it was originally prescribed because it was supposedly resistant to abuse. ... 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 ...

    ... from an addiction to painkillers and need treatment if you are: Taking medicine prescribed for someone else. Taking more than what's been prescribed to you. Using the medicine to get high. Using the medicine in ways ... continue reading
  • Are Prescription Painkillers as Addictive as Heroin?

    The Link Between Painkillers and Heroin According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), in 2011, 4.2 million Americans aged 12 or over had used heroin at least once in their lives. Of these users, an estimated 23% will go on to become ...

    ... to develop substance dependency issues, millions of Americans continue to be prescribed opioid painkillers every year. The potential for abuse and addiction is dangerously high. Many people get addicted without ... 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 ...

    ... the potential to be highly addictive. Though opioids can be safe and effective as painkillers when used as prescribed for short periods of time, the risks of negative consequences and/or misuse can begin to build when ... 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 ...

    ... the powerful opioid painkiller , oxycodone. It is prescribed to manage cases of moderate to severe pain ... 2,500 adolescents in the United States abuse prescription opioids for the first time. An estimated 1 out of 30 ... 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 ...

    ... identify your risk: Have you found yourself shopping for doctors or healthcare providers to give you more? ... ? Are you going through your Vicodin more quickly than prescribed? Do you need to take more and more to ... continue reading
  • Opana: The New Opiate of Choice Among Addicts?

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

    ... 's reformulation may have succeeded in some small measure, OxyContin abusers simply adapted to the market by searching for a new, easier drug to inject or snort. Not surprisingly, Opana has since become a street-favorite ... 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 ...

    ... might think. This avalanche is a deadly onslaught of opioids . In 2014, the seven Appalachian states accounted for more than a fifth of nationwide opioid-related deaths . West Virginia, with a population of 1.85 million ... 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 ...

    ... amazing claims made about it. Feeling like she had no other options left, she decided to turn to Ibogaine in hopes for a cure. Since it's classified as a Schedule I drug in the U.S., making it illegal, Holly traveled to ... 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 ...

    ... linked to both tolerance and dependence. It is an extremely potent opioid, and so is only prescribed for people tolerant to other opioids. Once tolerance develops, a substance will no longer produce the wanted effect ... 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 ...

    ... guidelines for the prescription of opioids in the treatment of chronic pain, and the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced new warning labels to caution against the dangers of those commonly prescribed medications ... 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 ...

    ... . It also attempts to reduce potential abuse concerns , prompting doctors to continue prescribing their products. Balancing the Needs Advocates for Big Pharma stress that we must balance the opioid crisis with the needs ... 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 ...

    ... who need treatment are actually receiving it. Reasons for not accessing treatment vary widely from person to person ... be wondering what medications your doctor will prescribe you. Both methadone and buprenorphine (Suboxone ... continue reading
  • The Effects of Methadone Use

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  • Will These New Tools Help to Fight Opioid Addiction?

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    ... US Food and Drug Administration (FDA). 14 Dr. Andrew Kolodny, president of the advocacy group Physicians for Responsible Opioid Prescribing, believes “it will kill people as soon as it's released. It's a whopping dose ... continue reading
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    ... . Recreational users may grind, crush or dissolve and next snort or inject the pills, releasing the effects immediately for a more intense high with a rapid onset. Using Opana in alternate ways such as injection not only ... continue reading
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    ... is sold illegally, and it is highly sought after because it produces heroin-like effects 1 and can be cheap for manufacturers to make. On the street, it is sold under various names, such as “China Girl” and “China White ... continue reading
  • Here’s What Happened While Everyone Else Was Focused on Opiate Abuse

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