Drug abuse and addiction can happen to anyone at any time. Not many people understand the true meaning of addiction, nor would they know what to do if they or a loved one suffered from an addiction. The negative image that drugs and addiction have force addicts and their loved ones to suppress the issue because they fear what others will think. There is no shame in becoming addicted to drugs or alcohol; millions of Americans suffer from it every day. The most important thing to do is speak with someone about the addiction. Getting help is essential in overcoming addiction because most addicts agree that they need professional help.

Prescription drug abuse and addiction is steadily rising to be the number one gateway drug and overall drug used today. These medications are easy to get and easier to conceal. Any one individual can have a plethora of medications available to others just in their own medicine cabinet. Most drug addicts begin using prescription medications because they are so easy to obtain at first. They also abuse these drugs because they are perceived to be safe. Most individuals see prescription medications as healthy ways to ‘get better’ and therefore they would be healthy to abuse. This could not be any further from the truth. In fact, prescription medications are much more dangerous than a number of illicit drugs. As the drug awareness commercials say, we must mind our meds to ensure someone who should not be consuming them are not.

Actiq the Drug

Actiq is a prescription painkiller that is prescribed to treat breakthrough cancer pain. It is a long-term drug that is only given to those patients who already have a tolerance built up from opiates. It is not intended for those who do not already have a tolerance and could lead to serious injury. The drug is a combination of acetaminophen and propoxyphene and is the brand name for fentanyl citrate. The drug is delivered in a lozenge, which is on a plastic stick. This resembles a lollipop, which is where the street name for the drug derives. The drug contains fentanyl which is a opioid agonist and a schedule II narcotic. This drug has high potential for abuse and tolerance. This drug has a high potential for abuse for both those taking the drug legally and illegally. It is similar to other opiates like morphine, oxycodone, hydromorphone, oxymorphone and methadone. Since this drug is so dangerous it should only be taken as a physician prescribes. The propoxyphene binds to pain receptors in the brain to stop the body from feeling the pain sensations. Acetaminophen stops the production of prostaglandins, which cause pain. It is made to be taken every four hours. This drug is incredibly powerful and should be monitored rigorously. Anyone with a prescription for this drug should also be diligent in monitoring their supply.

Prescription for Inappropriate Uses

This drug is designed to help those with breakthrough cancer pain to be more comfortable. It is not designed for any other purposes, yet it is being prescribed for other uses. It has been reported to be prescribed for migraines, severe back pain, neuropathy, arthritis and various injuries. On the street the drugs is known as morphine lollipops and perc-o-pops. The drugs has a very high potential for abuse even when taken as directed by a doctor, therefore it should never be taken for any other reason or in any other fashion other than how it is prescribed. It can lead to dependency as the body grows accustomed to the drug and/or when it is used for its adverse side effects. The drug is delivered through a berry flavored lollipop, transdermal patches or injection.

Actiq Addiction

Addiction is a progressive issue. No one begins using drugs with the goal of becoming a drug addict, but as time wears on they become more desperate for the drug. Since this drug is so powerful, their desperation is elevated more than other drugs. Actiq addiction is characterized by chronic drug searching, obtaining and consuming. They will have cravings and mood swings that will not be satisfied without more of the drug. Addiction can completely consume an individual. Many families of addicts are unable to recognize the loved one they ‘once’ knew because of drug use. Finding and consuming more of the drug becomes the only thing of importance in their lives. An addict will begin to isolate themselves when addiction becomes the most important thing in their lives. They will stop engaging in normal activities, hobbies and have a reduction in their productivity at work or in school.

Actiq Abuse Signs and Symptoms

Signs of Opiate abuse and addiction are similar to other prescription painkillers. Since this drug is so powerful the signs and symptoms of abuse can be more extreme. Addiction is characterized by changes in mood, emotion, physical appearance, social behavior and mental stability. Addicts often force themselves into seclusion and overall ‘shady’ behavior. Abusing Actiq is illegal; therefore, the addict will become more of a recluse than normal. Signs of abuse include: drowsiness, constipation, euphoria, vomiting, nausea, feelings of relaxation and constricted pupils. Intravenous drug abuse is the leading cause of HIV and hepatitis. These problems have plagued the communities of Indiana over the past year. They have over 100 confirmed cases of HIV since the outbreak of Opana, which is an opiate narcotic, abuse and addiction. Addicts will place their drug addiction above everything else. Recent developments in Indiana have shown a spike in child abuse and neglect cases, which is a direct result from the substance abuse of Opana. Other signs of Actiq, or other opiate, abuse are: anxiety, diarrhea, runny nose, fever, sneezing, nausea, vomiting, pain, hallucinations, tremors, sweating, and rigid muscles. Families should seek medical help if they experience or notice any of these signs or symptoms.

Actiq Withdrawal and Detox

If you or someone you love is abusing Actiq it is imperative to seek professional help immediately. Since Actiq is an opiate medication it has very dangerous and painful withdrawal symptoms. When someone stops taking Actiq they will experience tremendous pain and discomfort, which is why they continuing abusing the drug. It is also the reason why so many addicts are unable to overcome addiction without professional help. The first stage of treatment is detox, where the body is completely cleansed of the drug. This can be very uncomfortable and last several days; depending on the drug abused and the length of time it was abused. There are varying methods of detox, but they all work towards the same outcome. After detox a recovering addict will engage in therapy, counseling and a variety of activities aimed at gaining control over their lives. They will learn what caused the addiction, what allowed it to continue and how to reduce the chances of relapse. If you or someone know is suffering from an addiction it is crucial to get help immediately. The longer an addiction is allowed to carry on the harder it can be to overcome addiction. Getting treatment can be difficult, but it is not impossible. Call any addiction hotline for help and/or an addiction/intervention specialist for help confronting the situation.