Heroin addiction

What is Heroin addiction?

Opioid dependence or opioid use disorder is a medical condition of opioid addiction, and is characterized by a compulsive use of opioids (e.g., morphine, heroin, codeine, oxycodone, hydrocodone, etc.) in spite of consequences of continued use. The necessary descriptive characteristics of the medical diagnosis are preoccupation with a desire to obtain and take the drug and persistent drug-seeking behaviour. In a non-diagnostic context, opioid dependence properly refers to a dependence-withdrawal syndrome that is characterized by both psychological dependence and marked physical dependence upon opioid compounds; this dependence-withdrawal syndrome is a component of opioid addiction.

Opioid use disorders resulted in 51,000 deaths in 2013 up from 18,000 deaths in 1990.

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i may only releif i get is 10mg valium and lyrica150mg twice a day but does nothing for the pain which is agoi may add i take methodone80mg to...

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Dear patient,
There is a proper way of managing pain during opiate withdrawals. Drugs like methadone, naloxone or naltrexone are available for...

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My son is taking suboxone to reduce heroin addiction/withdrawal. He has been showing up looking good with clear eyes and then within 10 minutes his...

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Suboxone has also opioid derivative bupronorphine. It would help u decrease the withdrawal of heroin. After...

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I am starting treatment for a heroin addiction and would like to know the recommended dosage of Methadone used for this process. I have heard very...

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Thanks for your query. I would like to complement you on your decision to quit heroin use. Methadone is the gold standard drug for...

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