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Patients are as physically dependent on methadone as they were to heroin or other opiates, such as Oxycotin or Vicodin.
Oxycodone should be used with extreme caution in patients with significant chronic obstructive pulmonary disease and in patients having a substantially decreased respiratory reserve, hypoxia, hypercapnia, or preexisting respiratory depression.
Morphine is a narcotic analgesic. Morphine was first isolated from opium in 1805 by a German pharmacist, Wilhelm Sertürner.
One of the most detrimental side effectst of heroin, is heroin addiction itself.
is a stimulant drug chemically related to amphetamine but with stronger effects
on the central nervous system. Street names for the drug include "speed,"
"meth," "crystal," and "crank." Methamphetamine
is used in pill form, or in powdered form by snorting or injecting. Crystallized
methamphetamine known as "ice," "crystal," or "glass,"
is a smokable and more powerful form of the drug.
has spread to all areas of the United States and continues to be on an
upswing. Estimates from the Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) indicate
that methamphetamine-related emergency room episodes increased 346 percent
from 1991 to 1995.
of methamphetamine use include:
Abnormally high blood pressure; rapid and irregular heart rate and rhythm;
seizures; damage to blood vessels in the brain (stroke); accumulation
of excess fluid in lungs, brain tissue and skull; continuous/excessive
dilation of the pupils; impaired regulation of heat loss; Hyperpyrexia
(body temperatures higher than 104°); internal bleeding; damage to
other organs caused by disruption of blood flow; and breakdown of muscle
tissue, leading to kidney failure.
Similar to other drug
substances, smoking and inhaling meth damages the lungs and nasal passages,
and intravenous use can lead to spread of the AIDS virus.
Meth side effects include
but are not limited to:
- Visual hallucinations
- Auditory hallucinations
- Suicidal tendencies
- Suspiciousness, severe
- Shortness of breath
- Increased blood pressure
- Cardiac arrhythmia
- Nausea, vomiting, diarrhea
- Long periods of sleep
("crashing" for 24-48 hours or more)
- Prolonged sluggishness,
- Weight loss, malnutrition,
- Itching (illusion that
bugs are crawling on the skin)
- Welts on the skin
- Involuntary body movements
- Paranoid delusions
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