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How Do Painkillers’ Classifications Affect Addiction?

How Do Painkillers' Classifications Affect Addiction?Painkiller drugs have become a commonplace tool when pain arises. We all need something to treat pain at some point in our lives, whether it is after an injury, a surgery, or just to treat a health ailment. However, it’s important to be aware of the dangers and classifications of some painkiller drugs. With the right information, you can make informed choices about your pain management needs or determine if your painkiller use has become a problem that needs treating.

Different Types of Painkillers

Not all painkillers (also known as analgesic drugs) are created alike. Some painkillers are made out of a Tylenol (acetaminophen) or aspirin base. Other painkillers are opiate painkillers. Opiate painkillers contain opioids – drugs that are well-known to be addictive.

The most well-known opioid drug is morphine. Morphine has been around for hundreds of years. It is effective at treating pain, but sometimes at a very high cost of addiction and potential overdose. Other common opioid (also called opiate) painkillers include:

  • Oxycodone
  • Hydrocodone
  • Codeine
  • Tramadol
  • Lorcet
  • Vicodin
  • Norco
  • Lortab
  • Demerol
  • Dilaudid

Painkiller Classification

Many opiate painkillers are Schedule I drugs in the United States. A drug that is labeled Schedule I is classified at the very highest level of addiction potential. This means that these drugs may become addictive in as little as one use.

Opiate painkillers are highly controlled in hospital settings. Doctors and nurses will often stop patients from taking too many of these drugs, but if you are already addiction-prone, just one dose may be enough to cause serious problems.

A label as a Schedule I or even the lesser-addictive Schedule II opiate drugs is a red-flag for individuals who have family addiction, past addiction issues, or who may be concerned about drug dependency. Schedule I and Schedule II drugs are highly addictive.

Painkiller Abuse and Painkiller Addiction

Opiate drugs can also have some unfortunate side effects. Besides being highly addictive, these powerful drugs can cause stomach pains, ulcers, vomiting, or heart problems. Most patients who take opiate painkillers build up a tolerance to these drugs, which requires that person to increasingly take more of the drug to achieve the desired effect. Furthermore, many opiate painkillers have similar effects as heroin, and can lead to or stem from heroin use.

Opiate Addiction Help

The National Institute on Drug Abuse states that opioid painkillers kill more people each year than ALL illegal drugs combined. If painkiller drug use has impacted your life or the life of someone you love, it may be time to explore treatment options.

Detox from painkiller drugs can be incredibly difficult. We help individuals and their families find safe, comfortable, medically-assisted detox programs, luxury rehabs, family programs and even intervention services to help. We can work with your insurance provider to ensure coverage for the treatment you seek.

Please call our toll-free helpline to learn how we can help you.

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