HLTH106_HeroinMethadone

HLTH106_HeroinMethadone - • People forge prescriptions...

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Opioids : Oxycodone, Heroin, Methadone HLTH106: November 29th
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Opioids Opioids are natural or synthetic substances that dull pain and relieve anxiety that comes from thinking about pain People abuse opioids because they provide a feeling of euphoria
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Taking opioids causes: Constricted pupils Flushing of the skin Heavy feeling in the limbs The rush is followed by a confused, drowsy feeling that lasts several hours Breathing and heart rate slow during this period
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Withdrawal Occurs when someone who is dependent or addicted stops taking opioids suddenly Withdrawal symptoms: Severe muscle and bone pain Trouble sleeping Diarrhea Vomiting Cold flashes.
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The main prescription opioids people abuse are Codeine Oxycodone (OxyContin, Percodan, Percocet) Hydrocodone (Vicodin) Meperidine (Demerol) Hydromorphone (Dilaudid)
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Oxycodone Oxycodone is timed-release medicine for cancer and back pain
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Unformatted text preview: • People forge prescriptions and rob pharmacies to obtain oxycodone illegally • People abuse oxycodone by crushing the tablet and swallowing or snorting it or dissolving it in water and injecting it Heroin • 1 million Americans may be addicted to heroin • Among people younger than 26, heroin is linked to more deaths than any other substance except alcohol • Smoking or snorting heroin can lead to addiction, just as injecting heroin does Heroin • The need to purchase and use heroin causes people to ignore other aspects of their lives, like family and loved ones, finances, and legal concerns. • This neglect can lead to weight loss, sickness, money problems, criminal activity, and housing and family problems. • Overdose is a persistent danger with heroin Consequences of Injection Drug Use • Injection drug use is linked to one-third of HIV cases and more than one-half of hepatitis C cases...
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