Dilaudid is a prescription painkiller in the opiate family of drugs used to treat moderate-to-severe pain. More recently the number of Dilaudid prescriptions written by doctors has steadily risen — and so has the number of people addicted to this dangerous drug. Treatment Solutions can help. Call us at 877-640-1943.
What is Dilaudid?
Dilaudid is the brand name for hydromorphone, a semi-synthetic opioid agonist derived from morphine. Prior to the current popularity and widespread abuse of other prescription drugs such as hydrocodone, Dilaudid was the leading prescription opiate in terms of addiction. Though it’s sometimes overshadowed by hydrocodone or Oxycontin, Dilaudid is still the drug of choice for many prescription drug addicts.
Street names for Dilaudid, according to the federal Drug Enforcement Administration, include Dust, Juice, Smack, D and Footballs.
How is Dilaudid consumed?
Dilaudid can be used in a variety of ways, including injectable ampoules, multiple dose vials, tables and suppositories.
How widespread is Dilaudid Addiction?
Dilaudid use and abuse is steadily rising. Prescriptions for Dilaudid increased from less than half a million in 1998 to 1.83 million in 2006, according to the Drug Enforcement Administration. That rise in the availability of Dilaudid also contributed to a serious problem of recreational, or non-medical, Dilaudid use.
In 2004, more than 1.4 million Americans admitted using Dilaudid for non-medical purposes at least once, according to the National Survey on Drug Use and Health.
In 2009, famous Las Vegas entertainer Danny Gans died at age 52 from “acute hydromorphone toxicity.” Gans had been taking Dilaudid under doctor’s orders for chronic pain, and the coroner ruled out any drug abuse by Gans; even taking Dilaudid as properly prescribed can be dangerous. If you’re ready to quit Dilaudid for good, call Treatment Solutions today at 877-640-1943.
What are Dilaudid’s short-term effects?
Dilaudid, according to the U.S. Department of Justice, produces short-term effects that are similar to other opioids such as morphine. These include:
- Feeling of euphoria
- Reduced anxiety
- Respiratory depression
- Papillary constriction
Dilaudid’s long-term effects:
- Physical dependence
- Increased tolerance (requiring higher and higher doses to achieve the same feelings of euphoria)
- Hypoventilation, respiratory depression, or shallow breathing
- Muscle twitch
- Kidney failure
According to the Drug Abuse Warning Network, in 2006 there were 323,579 emergency room visits where prescription painkiller, a category that includes Dilaudid) were a factor.
What are the risks of Dilaudid addiction during pregnancy?
Dilaudid use should be avoided whenever possible during pregnancy. The drug is classified as a Category C substance by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration, which means it it should only be prescribed when the benefits to the pregnant mother clearly outweigh the potential risks to the fetus. Breast-feeding while taking Dilaudid can also potentially be harmful, as the drug is transferred through breast milk.
Why is Dilaudid addiction so hard to overcome?
Many Dilaudid addicts make the mistake of thinking that since the drug is legal, it can’t be harmful. But Dilaudid addiction costs millions of Americans their jobs, families and in the worst cases, their lives.
One reason many Dilaudid addicts are unable to quit is that the drug causes severe withdrawal symptoms in users who try to suddenly stop, including:
- Intense craving for the drug
Dilaudid Addiction Treatment is the Answer.
Opiate addiction can be tough to overcome, but that doesn’t mean it’s impossible. The key to a successful recovery is having the support of trained, compassionate addiction recovery specialists. At Treatment Solutions, your success is our success, and we make sure that you have the resources and assistance you need at every step of the way — from opiate detox, to intensive inpatient counseling, to relapse prevention tips that will help you achieve a lifetime of sobriety.
Our free referral service helps clients with all types of heath insurance plans, and all types of treatment program needs. Call us today at877-640-1943.
No matter your insurance, be it Cigna, Aetna, Humana, Blue Cross / Blue Shield (BCBS), Assurant, Unicare, United Health Care, Anthem, Carefirst, Asuris Northwest Health, Golden Rule, Celtic Insurance, Fortis, Health Net, Kaiser, Vista, Shelter, Wellpoint, Tri Care, Accordia or even Medicare, and state insurance — we can help you find Dilaudid addiction treatment. We also offer many affordable self pay options as well as luxury Dilaudid rehab.