The morphine derivative prescription painkiller referred to as Dilaudid possesses a strong potential for abuse and addiction and produces a “high” similar to heroin.
Opioid painkillers are physician prescribed for one-in-five patients. Over a nine-year span, there was an approximate 300% increase in the hydromorphone (generic form of Dilaudid) prescriptions dispensed by pharmacies. At some point in their lives, roughly 20% of Americans over the age of 12 have misused prescription drugs.
What is Dilaudid?
Used to treat moderate to severe pain, Dilaudid is an opioid. From the early 2000’s, accidental overdoses of Dilaudid and other opiates increased significantly. In the first 18 years of the 2000’s, the deaths numbers from opioids went up by almost 50,000.
In the opioid class of drugs, one of the more powerful synthetic narcotics is Dilaudid. Through continued use, an addiction can rapidly develop. In fact, in only two or three weeks, a tolerance can be developed. Far ahead of schedule, individuals prescribed Dilaudid can frequently finish their prescription.
Dilaudid can be used by being injected under the skin, directly into a muscle or a vein, or used by mouth. Effects can last as long as five hours and usually take approximately half an hour to begin.
Street names for hydromorphones in general include the following:
- K4, D, and Needle Candy (Dilaudid)
What are the Side Effects of Dilaudid Addiction?
If someone you know is experiencing an addiction to Dilaudid, they may exhibit the following:
- Purchasing their drug off the street or online
- Forging prescriptions
- Stealing medication
- Neglecting family and friends to use drugs
- In order to feel high, larger doses needed
- Neglecting responsibilities at work, school, etc.
- Spending exorbitant amounts of money on their addiction
- More and more obsessed with their next “fix”
Side effects of addiction can include the following:
- Brain damage
- Liver problems
- Heart attack
- Extreme drowsiness
- Respiratory depression
Understanding Dilaudid Overdose
Typically, drug injections are used by those abusing Dilaudid. This is true, in part, because swallowing the pill offers effects that are weaker and take longer. Snorting is also utilized after crushing the pills.
Sometimes fatal, there is a high risk of overdose for Dilaudid abusers. Overdose symptoms can include the following:
- Muscle twitching
- Stomach spasms
- Clammy or cold skin
- Nodding off (may not awaken)
- Bluish lips
- Shallow breathing
- Weak pulse
- Point pupils
How to Treat Dilaudid Addiction
Compared to morphine, Dilaudid is roughly 8 times more potent. In the United States, Dilaudid and other opioid pain relievers have been responsible for roughly 15,000 deaths in one year. That number continues to grow.
The treatment for Dilaudid addiction can be particularly challenging for an individual. This is due to the fact that reducing or stopping dosage can result in a withdrawal syndrome that is particularly unpleasant. Fortunately, it is not frequently dangerous.
Treatment programs and detox programs can help teach recovering addicts needed skills for drug avoidance and ease their recovery through the process.
Why Work with Spark To Recovery?
Spark To Recovery can help fight addiction through comprehensive treatment programs. Using proven methods, we offer comprehensive programs of addiction treatment to help individuals break free from the cycle of addiction.
Start your Dilaudid addiction therapy today. Call Spark To Recovery at 818-849-5467 today if you want to schedule an appointment with us.
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