Addiction to Demerol
As with most prescription drugs, many people do not realize they can develop an addiction to Demerol. Regular abuse of this painkiller can quickly lead to tolerance and physical dependence. Physical dependence is when the user’s brain changes due to Demerol use, becoming reliant on the drug to function normally.
An addicted user may “lose” prescriptions in order to get new ones or visit the emergency room with a fake or self-inflicted injury in hopes of getting more of the drug. They may also begin doctor shopping to get prescriptions from each of them.
A person addicted to Demerol may also:
- Isolate themselves from loved ones to hide their drug use
- Continue using Demerol despite problems it’s causing with their health or relationships
- Spend a lot of money on the drug or even steal in order to pay for it
- Neglect responsibilities and relationships while using or looking for the drug
Once a Demerol addiction has taken hold, users often have a difficult time quitting the drug even if they really want to. When an addicted user quits taking Demerol, they’ll experience harsh withdrawal symptoms, such as anxiety and nausea. This causes many people to relapse in an attempt to feel better.
A treatment program that offers medical detox can help Demerol users break this cycle and successfully get sober. Call us now for help finding a program that fits your needs.
Understanding Demerol (Meperidine)
As classified by the Controlled Substances Act, Demerol is a schedule II controlled substance and it cannot legally be obtained without a prescription. Some people who abuse Demerol buy it on the streets under the names “dillies,” “D” or “dust.”
Demerol comes in tablet or liquid forms. The tablets are circular in shape, white in color and come in 50 mg or 100 mg strengths. As a liquid, Demerol comes in syrup form (to be taken orally) or as an injectible solution. However, the injectible form is typically only administered by medical professionals.
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Demerol Effects and Abuse
Using Demerol in higher doses, more frequently, or for longer than prescribed are all considered abuse of this drug. While Demerol tablets are intended for oral consumption, some people abuse the drug by:
- Chewing the tablets
- Crushing the tablets and snorting the powder
- Crushing the tablets, dissolving the powder in water and injecting it
Abusing Demerol in these ways intensifies its painkilling properties. A euphoric, powerful rush hits the user, followed by prolonged sedation. This quick high and extreme relaxation are the main reasons people abuse Demerol.
Demerol abuse is dangerous, as it increases the risk of overdose. Taking large amounts of the drug can depress and halt respiratory function, which can be fatal. Other symptoms of Demerol overdose include:
- Extreme drowsiness
- Weak or limp muscles
- Cold, clammy skin