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Non-Opioid Pain Medications & Pain Management for Addicts
Oct 18, 2017

Opioid Pain Management Opioids are a class of medications that interact with opioid receptors in the brain to provide pain relief. 1 Commonly prescribed opioid painkillers include oxycodone, hydrocodone, morphine, and codeine. Brand names include OxyContin, Percocet, and Vicodin.1 When people experience acute pain, such as the pain one might experience after surgery, or from […]

Opioid Drug Classifications & Drug Schedules
Oct 12, 2017

What Are Controlled Substances? Controlled substances are drugs that are federally regulated, based on a variety of factors.1, 2  This page will provide information on how drugs are classified, what the Controlled Substances Act is, whether opioids are controlled substances, and why they are scheduled as controlled substances. It will also discuss the various classifications […]

New Opioid Drugs: Risky & Potent New Opioids
Oct 11, 2017

Relaxed scrutiny over opioid prescribing by physicians combined with increased scrutiny over pain management led to huge increases in opioid prescriptions in the early 2000s. However well-intentioned this prescribing was, it played a major role in the menacing opioid crisis in the United States that continues today. An estimated 80% of heroin users report first […]

Opioid Addiction: Signs, Side Effects & Treatment
Oct 11, 2017

Prescription Opioids & Illicit Use Opioids are legally prescribed medications used to manage or treat pain. Opioids can be addictive and an addiction to opioids is known as an Opioid Use Disorder (OUD) Prescription opioids are used to relieve pain, but they can also cause feelings of relaxation or intense euphoria, especially when misused.3, 4, […]

Heroin Addiction Facts, Statistics & Recovery Rates
Oct 6, 2017

While most people are aware that there is a problem with heroin abuse and addiction in the US, some people still don’t know what heroin actually is and why it is such a problem. As a result, many myths and misunderstandings have built up around the origin of the drug, what it does in the […]

The Big List of Narcotic Drugs
May 8, 2017

The naturally occurring opiates (plant alkaloids derived from the opium poppy) as well as synthetic (man-made) and semisynthetic opioids are considered to be narcotic drugs, which include both legally prescribed and illicit varieties. Opioids not only diminish the perception of pain signaling in the central nervous system but also produce rewarding, euphoric effects, making them […]

Quitting Heroin Cold Turkey: How to Get Off Heroin Safely
May 1, 2017

How Does Heroin Addiction Develop? Individuals smoke, snort, sniff, or inject heroin, which enters the brain, converts to morphine, and binds to the opioid receptors.2,3 As heroin use continues, the neurons in the brain adapt to the heroin exposure, diminishing the drug’s sensitivity and making it harder for the individual to to function normally without […]

Dangers of Mixing Methadone and Heroin
May 1, 2017

Heroin was one of the first painkillers derived from morphine in the 19th century. It was created to be less addictive than morphine but was found to be more addictive, and heroin has been a Schedule I drug, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration, for decades. Unfortunately, many people struggle with heroin addiction. Starting with […]

Dangers of Mixing Alcohol and Codeine
Apr 28, 2017

It is not meant for long-term use. Although the Drug Enforcement Administration has moved it to either Schedule II or III (depending on dose), it is also considered a Schedule V substance in extremely low doses, meaning it is not as tightly controlled as pain-relieving doses. Because codeine is an opioid drug, it is subject […]

What Are the Mental and Physical Effects of a Morphine High?
Apr 28, 2017

Extracted from the opium found in poppy plants, morphine is one of the oldest pain medications in history. It accounts for 8-14 percent of opium’s dry weight. Doctors have used morphine to prep their patients prior to surgery or to treat chronic pain since the time of the Byzantine Empire, and it is still used […]

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