Opiate Drugs

How Much Hydrocodone Is Too Much in One Day?

Posted on December 12th, 2017

Hydrocodone is currently the most commonly prescribed opioid painkiller in the United States. A semi-synthetic narcotic medication that is sold as a generic or under the brand names Vicodin, Hysingla, Zohydro, Norco and Lorcet, hydrocodone is also one of the most commonly misused or abused opioid painkillers.

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6 Substances Commonly Misused By Older Adults in America

Adults aged 50 and older are among the more than 3 million people in the United States who have opioid or opiate addictions. Overuse or misuse of prescription painkillers such as oxycodone and hydrocodone is so widespread that President Trump has declared the opioid epidemic a public “health emergency.”

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History of OxyContin & How It Got Started

Posted on November 8th, 2017

OxyContin is the brand name for an extended-release form of oxycodone, a prescription opioid painkiller that is one of the most overprescribed and misused medications in the United States. Highly effective, but also highly addictive in both the immediate-release and extended-release forms, OxyContin and oxycodone are prescription narcotics with opium-like effects.

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Older Adults Addicted to Opioids More Likely to Die Prematurely

Posted on April 9th, 2015

An international team of researchers has found that people age 50 and older who are affected by opioid use disorder die more often than their younger counterparts.

In America and certain other countries, opioid use disorder is the diagnosis used to identify people addicted to an opioid drug or medication, as well as people who develop a dysfunctional pattern of opioid abuse in the absence of addiction. Inappropriate consumption of an opioid substance can have fatal consequences, whether or not an individual meets the criteria for this condition. In a study published in December 2014 in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, a team of Australian, American and British researchers assessed the odds that an older person with opioid use disorder will die at a relatively early age.

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Study Finds Alarming Death Rate for Opioid Addicts

Posted on March 5th, 2014

Opioid addiction, known formally in the U.S. as opioid use disorder, is known for its ability to produce seriously negative outcomes for affected individuals. Addiction specialists can help significantly reduce the impact of these outcomes by providing appropriate treatment options. However, the potential for problems does not end when treatment begins. In a study published in January 2014 in the journal Addiction, an international research team looked at the long-term mortality rates of individuals who seek help for an opioid addiction. The researchers concluded that the vast majority of these individuals ultimately die from preventable causes.

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Methadone vs. Buprenorphine for Opioid Detox

Posted on January 21st, 2014

Methadone and buprenorphine/naloxone are two of the primary medication options for treatment of people affected by opioid addiction. Both medications belong to a treatment approach called opioid substitution therapy. In a study published in January 2014 in the journal Addiction, researchers from six U.S. institutions compared the effectiveness of methadone to the effectiveness of buprenorphine/naloxone. These researchers found that each medication option has its unique benefit as an opioid addiction treatment. They also found that relatively high doses of each medication produce better results than relatively low doses.

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Personality Disorders Thwart Opioid Addiction Treatment

Posted on January 20th, 2014

Personality disorders are entrenched patterns of thought and behavior that damage affected individuals’ ability to do such things as maintain friendships or relationships, maintain a productive daily routine or take advantage of social opportunities. The American Psychiatric Association gives doctors the freedom to diagnose 10 main forms of these disorders. In a study published in January 2014 in the journal Addictive Behaviors, a Belgian research team assessed the impact of various personality disorders on the chances that a person will successfully complete an opioid addiction treatment program that uses an oral medication called naltrexone.

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Buprenorphine Implants Work for Opioid Addiction

Posted on December 16th, 2013

Buprenorphine is an opioid-based medication that sometimes plays a role in the treatment of people addicted to stronger opioid substances. Normally, the medication is taken in a sublingual form that dissolves when placed under the tongue. However, in March 2013, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved a new buprenorphine product, known as Probuphine, which a doctor must implant under the skin. In a study published in December 2013 in the journal Addiction, the medication’s manufacturer and researchers from 12 U.S. institutions compared the effectiveness of buprenorphine implants to the effectiveness of oral doses of the medication.

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FDA Aims to Restrict Access to Painkiller Hydrocodone in Wake of Addiction Epidemic

Posted on October 25th, 2013

The Food and Drug Administration wants stronger restrictions on a class of prescription painkillers that contain hydrocodone, the highly addictive painkiller that is now the most widely prescribed drug in the United States.

In a major policy shift, the FDA recommends reclassifying Vicodin and other products that contain hydrocodone more restrictively — from Schedule III controlled substances to Schedule II. Examples of current Schedule II drugs are OxyContin and morphine, also opioid painkillers. They are considered the most addictive, legally prescribed drugs. Schedule I is a classification reserved for illicit substances that are rarely used medically, such as LSD, heroin, ecstasy, marijuana and peyote.

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Mom’s Baby Taken Away Over Poppy Seed Bagel

Posted on August 7th, 2013

It’s a nightmare no parent should ever have to endure, but fortunately in this woman’s case, a happy outcome is the result. In April 2010, Elizabeth Mort gave birth to a baby girl, Isabella Rodriguez, at Jameson Hospital in Lawrence County, Penn. Three days later, a child welfare caseworker arrived at Mort’s home and took Isabella away. Lawrence County child welfare agency had issued an emergency protective custody order because Mort had reportedly failed Jameson Hospital’s drug screening test.

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Study Finds Link Between Opiate Addiction Withdrawal Syndrome and Serotonin

Posted on February 1st, 2011

Remaining abstinent from opiate abuse is a significant challenge for those addicted to drugs such as heroin, morphine, and codeine. People who are recovering from opiate addiction often report severe withdrawal symptoms and feeling “off” for several weeks or even months after withdrawing from the drugs. This can make it very hard for recovering addicts to complete drug rehab, as the symptoms can lead to relapse.

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