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Painkiller addiction is one of the most widespread and least understood addictions in society today. Painkiller addiction is often defined by a compulsive use of painkillers that/which lead to harm or some form of dysfunction, and the continued use of painkillers in spite of this harm or dysfunction. There are several formats in which pain medications are distributed from over the counter medications to the addictive prescription based pain medications.
|Street Names||Commercial Names||Common Forms||Common Ways Taken||Schedule|
|Captain Cody, Cody, Lean, Schoolboy, Sizzurp, Purple Drank
With gluteth- imide: Doors & Fours, Loads, Pancakes and Syrup
|Codeine (various brand names)||Tablet, capsule, liquid||Injected, swallowed (often mixed with soda and flavorings)||II, III, V**|
|Apache, China Girl, China White, Dance Fever, Friend, Goodfella, Jackpot, Murder 8, Tango and Cash, TNT||Fentanyl (Actiq®, Duragesic®, Sublimaze®)||Lozenge, sublingual tablet, film, buccal tablet||Injected, smoked, snorted||II**|
|Vike, Watson-387||Hydrocodone or dihydrocodeinone (Vicodin®, Lortab®, Lorcet®, and others)||Capsule, liquid, tablet||Swallowed, snorted, injected||II**|
|D, Dillies, Footballs, Juice, Smack||Hydromorphone (Dilaudid®)||Liquid, suppository||Injected, rectal||II**|
|Demmies, Pain Killer||Meperidine (Demerol®)||Tablet, liquid||Swallowed, snorted, injected||II**|
With MDMA: Chocolate Chip Cookies
|Methadone (Dolophine®, Methadose®)||Tablet, dispersible tablet, liquid||Swallowed, injected||II**|
|M, Miss Emma, Monkey, White Stuff||Morphine (Duramorph®, Roxanol®)||Tablet, liquid, capsule, suppository||Injected, swallowed, smoked||II, III**|
|O.C., Oxycet, Oxycotton, Oxy, Hillbilly Heroin, Percs||Oxycodone (OxyContin®, Percodan®, Percocet®, and others)||Capsule, liquid, tablet||Swallowed, snorted, injected||II**|
|Biscuits, Blue Heaven, Blues, Mrs. O, O Bomb, Octagons, Stop Signs||Oxymorphone (Opana®)||Tablet||Swallowed, snorted, injected||II**|
|Possible Health Effects|
|Short-term||Pain relief, drowsiness, nausea, constipation, euphoria, confusion, slowed breathing, death.|
|Other Health-related Issues||Pregnancy: Miscarriage, low birth weight, neonatal abstinence syndrome.
Older adults: higher risk of accidental misuse or abuse because many older adults have multiple prescriptions, increasing the risk of drug-drug interactions, and breakdown of drugs slows with age; also, many older adults are treated with prescription medications for pain.
Risk of HIV, hepatitis, and other infectious diseases from shared needles.
|In Combination with Alcohol||Dangerous slowing of heart rate and breathing leading to coma or death.|
|Withdrawal Symptoms||Restlessness, muscle and bone pain, insomnia, diarrhea, vomiting, cold flashes with goose bumps (“cold turkey”), leg movements.|
|Behavioral Therapies||Behavioral therapies that have helped treat addiction to heroin may be useful in treating prescription opioid addiction.|
Drug addiction issues are ot limited to illicet drug use. Prescription and over the counter medication play a significant role in the greater addiction picture, especially on the painkiller front. Recovery Direct are experts in helping patients addicted to painkiller medication. Chat to one of our addiction counsellors today to get the help you need.
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