Most people who begin using painkillers have no intention of ever abusing drugs. Painkillers are powerfully addictive substances, however, and a prescription for pain management may lead to a dangerous addiction problem. Opiate based painkillers can create such a desirable sense of euphoria that these substances are available for illegal purchase on the street, alongside drugs such as heroin and cocaine.
Many commonly abused prescription painkillers are known among users by various street names. Street names are used by drug dealers in an effort to be discreet, in case any bystanders overhear an illegal exchange.
Listed below are several of the generic names for painkillers and a few of the street names associated with each drug:
Codeine is an opiate known by the street names Captain Cody, Cody and Schoolboy.
Morphine is a potent opiate analgesic known by the street names Dreamer, Miss Emma and Morph.
Hydrocodone is a synthetic opiate, or opioid, known by the street names Codone, Hydro, Norco, Vic, Vikes, Viko and Watson-387.
Oxycodone is a semi-synthetic opioid, known by the street names OC, Ox, Oxy and Oxycotton.
Propoxyphene is an opioid analgesic known by the street names Dust, Juice and Dillies.
Most street names are either shortened versions of the drug’s full name, such as Oxy for oxycodone, or plays on the drug’s name, such as Captain Cody for codeine. Knowing the street names for painkillers may help you determine if your loved one is abusing drugs. For instance, if your loved one is having a seemingly suspicious conversation over the phone, you can listen for the mention of painkiller street names.
If you are worried that someone you love is suffering from addiction to painkillers, you can watch for the following behaviors:
Painkiller addiction cannot be conquered alone. If your loved one is demonstrating several of the behaviors listed above, consider contacting a drug addiction professional for help planning an intervention and securing a place in a treatment program.
Painkiller addiction is a chronic disease, and recovery requires professional treatment. Seek treatment as soon as possible, before painkiller addiction completely consumes you or your loved one’s life.
Painkiller addiction treatment provides the tools that are needed for recovery, including detox, individual and group counseling sessions, and holistic therapies, such as yoga and acupuncture.
Addiction treatment addresses both the physical and mental sides of painkiller abuse and helps patients identify and overcome destructive thinking patterns, develop positive coping skills, and ultimately achieve long term recovery.
If you or someone you love is addicted to painkillers, please don’t hesitate to dial our toll-free number today at 877-345-3357. We can connect you to the drug rehab treatment you need for recovery. Don’t waste another day on abusing painkillers. Call us now.
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