Vicodin is an opioid narcotic painkiller most commonly used for the treatment of moderate or severe pain. Vicodin is made from a combination of hydrocodone, a habit-forming opioid, and acetaminophen, an over-the-counter pain reliever and fever reducer. Because this specific medication has such a high potential for abuse, it is rarely prescribed to be taken for more than several weeks at a time (usually after a major surgical procedure). Over the course of the past decade rates of prescription painkiller abuse have skyrocketed across the U.S. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, nearly 50,000 people died from opioid-related overdoses in the year 2019 alone. While many of these overdose deaths directly involved heroin and/or fentanyl, a significant number were attributed directly to prescription pain pills like Vicodin.
If you believe someone you love has been abusing Vicodin or any other opioid narcotic painkiller, you might be wondering what to keep an eye out for. How do you know if someone has been abusing Vicodin if they were initially prescribed the medication for a legitimate medical reason? How will your loved one act if they have been abusing prescription pills? What does Vicodin look like? At Princeton Detox & Recovery Center we help people of all ages and walks of life undergo a safe and pain-free Vicodin withdrawal while actively preparing them for long-term success in sobriety. To learn more about pain pill addiction or to learn about our integrated medical detox program, today.