What is Dilaudid Addiction?
Dilaudid is a narcotic opiate of the same type as morphine and oxycodone, and is taken via intravenous injection. It’s also available other forms like pills, suppositories, and oral solutions, but injections remain the most potent and so are the most popular option. It’s normally prescribed to patients suffering from extremely painful conditions like burns and cancer.
Dilaudid is considered to be six to nine times more powerful than morphine. It takes effect within 15 minutes and lasts for more than six hours. Users feel a sense of euphoria and pleasure, and any pain they feel is dulled. The drug is so potent that a person with no prior history of opiate abuse can fall into Dilaudid addiction in as little as three weeks. They develop both a tolerance for the drug and a dependency, which leads the person to seek out more.
Signs of abuse
People dependent on opiates like Dilaudid may normally be drowsy or light-headed. They may have difficulty urinating and may be taking laxatives. Stomach pains, nausea, and vomiting are common. Dilaudid also slows breathing, so someone high on the drug may breathe slowly or lightly.
Someone suffering from Dilaudid addiction may also exhibit track marks on his arms or legs from injections.