- What Happens When a Person Abuses Vicodin?
Vicodin remains one of the most popular narcotics for treating moderate to severe pain. It is a Schedule III substance, meaning a doctor can simply call the pharmacy to place a prescription order and patients can get refills without a doctor’s office visit. But when someone takes more of the drug than prescribed, or takes it for non-medical reasons, it’s easy to fall into a habit of abuse. This powerful drug can have powerful, even deadly side effects when not used under a doctor’s care or as prescribed.
- DEA Proposes Reclassification of Vicodin, Other Drugs to Stem Supply
The Controlled Substances Act of 1970 divided medications and drugs into five separate categories, or “schedules,” based on medical benefit and risk for abuse. Which schedule a substance falls under determines how tightly the government controls its access. The government is almost at cross purposes as the FDA recently made a pure form of Hydrocodone available while the DEA is recommending that mixed forms of the drug be more stringently controlled.
- How to Identify Signs of Vicodin Addiction
When used as prescribed, Vicodin is the answer for many individuals who need pain management. Because any opiate can become addictive, it’s very important to be aware of the signs of addiction. Another dangerous aspect of Vicodin is the rate at which tolerance can be built up. The more a person uses Vicodin for pain management, the higher their tolerance becomes.
- FDA Proposing New Controls on Most Commonly Abused Opioids
Opioids are synthetic pain relievers and Americans take more of them than anyone else in the world. The United States represents only five percent of the world’s population and yet we consume 80 percent of the world’s opioid painkillers, with national use quadrupling since 1999. Now the Food and Drug Administration (FDA) is attempting to curb that problem by making the pills harder to get.
- Which Prescription Drugs Top the List For Drug Abuse?
There are thousands of prescription drugs on the market today and many are being abused by Americans across the country. So which drugs pose the biggest threat? Read More…
- High Cost of Prescription Drug Abuse Leads to Heroin Use
Opioid painkillers are expensive, they are tougher to get and new formulations have made them more difficult to abuse. That combination is driving down prescription drug abuse, which is really good news. The not-so-good news is that drug abusers are simply turning to a cheaper, more available drug that is easy to abuse – heroin. Read More…
- FDA Advises Limits on Vicodin
The battle against the illegal use of prescription medications continues. The federal government wants increased restriction and drug enforcement agencies want access to the tools to keep these drugs off the streets. Read More…
- The Addictive Nature of Vicodin
Vicodin is the popular brand name version of the drug Hydrocodone. The medication is used to manage pain, including ongoing or chronic pain. It is an opioid which means it is a synthetic (man-made) drug which mirrors the effects of naturally occurring opium-based drugs. Opioids are highly addictive and therefore are tightly controlled substances. Read More…