Over 4 million Americans are currently using prescription pain relievers (Opiates) non-medically. The abuse of painkillers has increased at a much more rapid rate when compared to other drugs of misuse. Opiate drugs are highly addictive and are used illicitly (Illegally) to achieve a state of euphoria or “high”.
Common Prescription Pain Killers (opiates): Darvon, Codeine, Denerol, Vicodin, Loracet, Morphine, Oxycontin, Percodan, Percocet, Fentanyl, Hydrocodone, Vicoprofen, Lortab
Some of the other potential short-term effects of painkiller abuse can include:
Potential Signs of Prescription painkiller overdose:
Potential long-term effects of prescription painkiller abuse:
Signs and symptoms of opiate withdrawal: