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Emotional Issues, Prior Use Risk Factors for Painkiller Addiction

Posted on March 6, 2014 in Prescription Drug Addiction

Emotional Issues, Prior Use Risk Factors for Painkiller AddictionOpioid painkillers are narcotic substances that can potentially lead to physical dependence in both medication abusers and people who follow their doctors’ dosing instructions. In turn, dependence on one of these substances can lead to an opioid addiction. In a study published in January 2014 in the journal Pain Medicine, researchers from Great Britain’s University of Derby examined the factors that place an opioid user at risk for developing dependence-related issues. These researchers identified three major high-risk groups.

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What Is the Fastest Growing Addiction?

Posted on December 12, 2013 in Research & News

Prescription painkillers, gambling and porn—take your pick. All have been reported about and described as “America’s fastest growing addiction.” The “winner” doesn’t matter as much as how this information should inform our education and treatment approaches, and how we view the place of these substances and behaviors in our lives and the lives of our loved ones.

When most people think of addiction, they think of the ones that outwardly appear to be the most common addictions—alcohol, food and perhaps certain illicit drugs such as heroin or cocaine. And each of these substances will continue to fill treatment centers with addicts every year, but their numbers are relatively stable. There has not been, for example, a massive rise in alcoholism. People continue to be alcoholics, but not in new, record numbers.

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Drug Kills Pain Without Addiction

Posted on March 26, 2013 in Prescription Drug Addiction

Drug Kills Pain Without AddictionOpioid painkillers are a group of medications derived from the opium poppy. Because of their high level of effectiveness in pain relief, these medications are frequently used when other, less powerful pain-relieving medications fail to produce results. Unfortunately, because of their chemical composition and actions within the central nervous system, opioid painkillers present significant risks for abuse and addiction.

Now, there’s a potential alternative to opioids called URB937—a compound that produces pain relief without presenting serious abuse- or addiction-related concerns.

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Clonidine Treatment for Opioid Withdrawal

Posted on February 20, 2013 in Prescription Drug Addiction

Clonidine is a medication originally developed in the 1950s to treat the effects of high blood pressure (hypertension). Over time, doctors have adapted the medication for use in a number of different medical contexts. Among these contexts is treatment of the symptoms that commonly appear during the process of withdrawal from opioid drugs. Clonidine produces benefits during the opioid withdrawal process by easing the severity of withdrawal-related changes in a part of the human nervous system called the sympathetic nervous system. Generally speaking, people who receive clonidine have improved chances of breaking their active addictions to opioid drugs.

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Vicodin Overdose

Posted on February 10, 2013 in Prescription Drug Addiction

Vicodin OverdoseVicodin is the brand name of a medication that contains the opioid drug hydrocodone and the painkilling drug acetaminophen. Other medications that contain this same mix of active ingredients include Lortab, Anexsia, Lorcet and a number of generic products. Doctors typically prescribe Vicodin and these other medications for the relief of moderate to severe forms of pain. Abuse of Vicodin or similar products can lead to a serious or fatal overdose through two separate pathways. Excessive intake of hydrocodone can trigger dangerous suppression of normal function in the body’s main nervous systems, while excessive intake of acetaminophen can trigger potentially fatal liver damage and other serious problems.

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Flexeril (Cyclobenzaprine) Addiction

Posted on February 6, 2013 in Prescription Drug Addiction

After Whitney Houston drowned in her hotel bathtub February 11, 2012, the Los Angeles coroner identified five drugs in her body — cocaine, marijuana, cyclobenzaprine, Benadryl, and Xanax. Just nine months before her death, the pop singer had begun treatment for an addiction to cocaine, a powerful drug that stimulates the central nervous system.

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Fentanyl Addiction

Posted on February 4, 2013 in Prescription Drug Addiction

Fentanyl AddictionIn November 2011, Blake Seamonson was visiting his great-grandmother at a nursing home in Deerfield, Wisconsin. As the adults chatted, the two-year-old played with toy trucks on the floor. A tiny piece – less than one inch square- of transparent paper something like adhesive tape attached on one of his toys, and ended up stuck on Blake’s neck. A few days later Blake died of fentanyl poisoning. Scant traces of the narcotic painkiller left on the tiny bit of its wrapping was enough to kill the child. Fentanyl is that potent.

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Opana Addiction

Posted on February 2, 2013 in Prescription Drug Addiction

Opana AddictionOpana probably ranks among the top three of all abused prescription drugs in the United States, even though most people have never heard of it. As agents from the U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency put it, Opana is “trending rapidly” in many parts of the country. They know this is true because of the increase in deaths attributed to this drug, the increasing number of people entering residential treatment for Opana, and because the number of Opana prescriptions will be over a million this year alone, even though Opana has only been on the market since 2007.

The Opana trend is due to a change in the formulation of OxyContin, a powerful narcotic painkiller that is a chemical cousin of Opana and heroin. OxyContin was sold as pills, but addicts typically crushed them into a powder to be snorted through the nose or mixed with liquid and injected. Under pressure from the federal government and physicians, Purdue Pharmaceuticals reformulated OxyContin pills so they turn into goo when crushed, making it impossible to inject or snort the drug. It cakes in the nose and gets stuck in the teeth.

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Codeine Addiction (Tylenol 3)

Posted on February 2, 2013 in Prescription Drug Addiction

Codeine AddictionOver 210 million prescriptions for codeine are written every year in the United States, making it the most widely prescribed painkiller in the country. Because so much is available, it is widely abused, especially in the form of cough syrups. Its street name, “Little C,” indicates how American addicts feel about codeine -it’s a nice little high to tie you over and to avoid withdrawal symptoms when you can’t get OxyContin or heroin.

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Percocet® Addiction

Posted on January 27, 2013 in Prescription Drug Addiction

Percocet AddictionPercocet addiction has been on the increase since August 2011 when Purdue Pharmacies changed the format of their opiate painkiller OxyContin. The new formulation makes it harder to crush, chew, snort, or liquefy OxyContin because it turns to goo when you try any of these maneuvers addicts perform to increase the drug’s effects. Percocet still comes in crushable pill form and contains oxycodone, the main ingredient in OxyContin. Former addicts of OxyContin particularly desire Percocet pills that contain the largest amounts of oxycodone.

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