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Some of the Most Addictive Painkillers

Painkiller addiction has taken over much of the nation causing families to fall apart, causing people to die and resulting in increased need for regulation over the ways and methods by which doctors prescribe these dangerous drugs. Some of the most addictive painkillers are also the cause for millions of overdoses each year, tens of thousands of drug related deaths and a world of hurt for the families and loved ones of those who fall victim to the perils of addiction.

Some of the most addictive painkillers happen to be opiates. These are the drugs that are either derived directly from the opium poppy or which have been synthesized in a laboratory setting to mimic the effects of an opiate-also known as opioids. The most addictive painkillers are:

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  1. Fentanyl – available in a patch or chewable lozenge but most often prescribed in a patch form that lasts for a period of up to 72 hours. Addicts often cut the patch and eat or inject the gel that is found inside
  2. Oxycontin – available in a tablet that may or may not be time release. Addicts often crush and snort the pills, take excessive amounts of pills at one time or crush and mix the pill with a soluble liquid such as water and then inject.
  3. Hydrocodone – there are various forms of hydrocodone including lortab, lorcet and other brands. The drug is most often prescribed in a pill form but it could also be prescribed as an oral liquid. Addicts usually crush and snort the pills or inject them.
  4. Percocet – another opiate that is highly addictive, Percocet is available in pill, tablet or oral solution form.
  5. Dilaudid – available in both an injectable solution as well as a tablet form. This is one of the most addictive painkillers and is especially liked by those who are also addicted to heroin.
  6. Demerol – widely used in a hospital setting, Demerol is available in an injectable solution as well as an oral tablet or oral solution. The drug is often injected by users.

All of these addictive painkillers can cause extreme physical withdrawals when the user decides to stop taking them. In the most severe cases, the use of these drugs can lead to overdose, withdrawal and potentially even death. Addictive painkillers are a major concern throughout the country and treatment professionals continue to do whatever they can to help those who fall victim to this terrible disease despite the challenges involved with treating those who are addicted to opiates and similar painkillers found both in pharmacies and hospitals.