A Guide To Painkillers And An Addiction To Pain Medication

sb10069456i-001The majority of people often underestimate the addictive power of painkillers.  Due to the ease of availability and inexpensive purchase amount, painkiller medication is one of the most dangerous drugs on the market.  Unfortunately, despite the detrimental effects it is impossible to ban the medication as they are prescribed by doctors and used as legitimate treatment for pain relief.

While the majority of pain medication contains acetaminophen as the active ingredient, many others utilize morphine.  These options are far more potent and have a greater addictive quality.  If an individual is addicted to pain medication they will show symptoms within the first few days as he/she will have engaged in severe overdosing.  Symptoms include physical attributes such as blood-shot eyes, slurred speech and breathing problems.  The individual also demonstrates negative psychological effects such as poor concentration and mood swings.

If the addiction is not treated in a certain period of time, the individual will develop an immunity or physical tolerance to the pain medication.  This tolerance causes a need for greater doses of the painkiller within a more frequent time frame in order to gain the ‘fix’.  An increase in pain medication can also lead to convulsions, irreversible liver damage and irregular heart complications which may result in death.

There are different types of treatment available for individuals who are addicted to pain medication, and each design is available on different levels.  The addicted person will be required to undergo counseling when removing themselves from painkiller addiction and this should be conducted by a specialist counselor exclusively.  Recovering addicts must also be encouraged to join support groups where they are exposed to behavioral therapies to assist with lifestyle rehabilitation.

As one can see, addiction to pain medication is dangerous for individuals; but there is treatment available for the individual who wishes to recover.

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Fighting Prescription Drug Abuse: Un-Crushable Pills

Uncrushable Pills

Addiction Treatment Specialists, Behavioral Health Professionals, and even members of Congress have recently been more outspoken than ever on the abuse of prescription drugs in the United States — especially the abuse of opiates such as the painkillers Oxycontin, Vicodin, and other prescription pain-relieving drugs.

Amongst all of this debate about the current crisis involving these prescription drugs, a darker and more dangerous prescription drug epidemic is rumbling in the waiting.

ZOHYDRO

Zohydro RX drugZohydro is the latest prescription drug that is under consideration to be released to the public as a prescription drug. What is so worrisome about this up-and-coming possible drug release is that this drug is not just some light prescription drug, it is a painkiller that is said to be more than 500x (times) stronger than standard dose Vicodin. This is prompting both those in the medical community and the public safety community to issue warnings on this drug even before its pending approval.

CRUSHING PRESCRIPTION PAINKILLERS

The most rampant form of prescription drug abuse that is occurring with painkillers in the United States stems from the conversion of prescription opiates from their pill form into the forms commonly abused on the streets. When abused, prescription painkillers are often crushed into a fine powder and then can be snorted  or “cooked,” prior to injecting. Medical professionals and pharmacologists warn that the crushing of the pills can drastically increase both the “high” that comes from the drug, and the deadly side effects.

“Medical professionals and pharmacologists warn that the crushing of the pills can drastically increase both the “high” that comes from the drug, and the deadly side effects.”

Coupling the growing concern over prescription painkillers being crushed for abuse, and the looming release of the extremely potent Zohydro, drug-makers and addiction treatment professionals-alike are pushing for the greater use of non-crushable prescription pills.

NON-CRUSHABLE PRESCRIPTION PILLS

Non-crushable prescription pills, are not necessarily “non-crushable.” These pills are designed to not be crushed in a way that would render the substance usable in a snorting or injecting form of abuse. Though still in a production-stage, this new pharmaceutical technology is offering the possibility of one day making prescription drugs “tamper-proof” against abuse through traditional street-abuse methods.