Archive for the ‘Opiate Drugs’ Category

  • 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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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…

  • Moms Addicted to Opiates Caught Between a Rock and a Hard Place

    The epidemic of addiction to prescription drugs in America is alarming and painful. The problem is not limited to any age group or demographic but is affecting both rich and poor, young and old, men and women. One group gets little attention, but is affected so deeply by prescription drug abuse, that sometimes a whole lifetime is altered. The number of expectant mothers who are addicted to prescription painkillers has multiplied five times since 2000. As a recent blog noted, those mothers and their unborn children sometimes face dire consequences that can make young moms feel as though they are caught in a catch 22 dilemma. Read More…

  • Opioid Abuse Trending Upward Across the Country

    A new study of Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) and Census data conducted by the Associated Press shows disturbing evidence that popular painkiller use is on the rise and spreading. Particularly alarming is the rate of increased use of opioid painkillers such as oxycodone and hydrocodone . Oxycodone is better known by names on the market such as OxyContin and Percocet, while hydrocodone is found in the likes of Lortab and Vicodin. Read More…

  • Opioids Shown to Promote Cancer Cell Growth

    Medications developed to help cancer and postoperative patients deal with chronic pain could lead to added complications. Aside from the dependency risk associated with opioids, two studies, along with a commentary featured in an issue of the Anesthesiology, cancer growth could be propelled with the use of opioids. Read More…

  • Methadone Treatment for Opiate Addiction

    By Leslie Thompson

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The Pain of Addiction

Vicodin addiction often starts innocently enough. Most people start taking Vicodin or other pain medications after surgery or an injury. But then they can’t stop. They need more to get the same pain relief. They start doctor shopping to get more pills. And the cycle continues until it takes over their lives.