Demerol® Substance Abuse Overview

What is Demerol®?

Demerol® Also known as Pethidine or Meperidine, is a combination of Acetaminophen (Tylenol) and Propoxyphene designed to relieve mild to moderate pain. Propoxyphene binds to the pain receptors in the brain so that the sensation of pain is reduced. Acetaminophen halts the production of Prostaglandins which otherwise cause pain.  Demerol is classified as a Schedule II controlled substance in the U.S.  Demerol® is an opiate taken as a pill, liquid or patch formulated to be taken every 4 hours by mouth.

How it Works:

Many people are prescribed Demerol to deal with pain in some form. The drug works in such a way that it attaches to the pain receptors in the brain so the sensations of pain are lessened and reduced. For the feelings Demerol can give, it is no wonder Demerol abuse and addiction are all too common. As Demerol is an opiate, it can be habit-forming, making the need to follow how the drug is prescribed one of extreme importance.

Symptoms

Symptoms of withdrawal are much the same for all Narcotic pain medications.  They include:

  • Diarrhea
  • Stomach cramps
  • Muscle and bone pain
  • Anxiety
  • Agitation
  • Runny nose
  • Nausea
  • Insomnia
  • Magnified flu-like symptoms
  • Tremors
  • Restlessness.

Dangers

Dependency is as much an issue as with other Opioids, but there is an added danger to those with kidney or liver disease.  Withdrawal is a key indicator that a physical addiction to Demerol is present. Demerol is not always prescribed. Many begin using the drug in a recreational manner and illegally. No matter the outlet for beginning to take the drug, addiction can take hold of you quickly as Demerol is a fast-acting opioid drug.

Statistics   

  • A survey indicated that within a 30 day period around seven million people over the age of 12 abused some kind of prescription drug like Demerol.
  • Around one-quarter of all teens will try prescription drugs, specifically painkillers before the time they graduate high school.
  • Mortality rates as a result of painkiller use have increased drastically over the past decade.
  • Depression is more prevalent in individuals who abuse prescription painkillers.
  • One out of every 10 teens admits to abusing a prescription painkiller like Demerol.
  • Between 1997 and 2005, the sale of pain medicine that is available by prescription only increased by nearly 90 percent.

Treatments

The specific treatment required does vary from one Demerol addict to another. Those with long-term addictions may need more intensive treatment than those who have just begun to abuse the drug. Each addiction is unique even when it is to the same drug, and must be considered by addicts and their health care practitioners when it comes time to choose a treatment protocol.

For all treatment needs and levels of care, Inspirations’ employs a team of qualified and caring teen addiction treatment professionals, offering a Treatment Program for Adolescents/Teens, who are demonstrating destructive, rebellious, and defiant behaviors resulting in personal and family dysfunction. Our goal in teen addiction treatment is to treat the disease, build the teen’s self confidence and reunite the family. Our teen prescription drug addiction treatment programs are designed around a positive environment to boost the teens self-esteem and produce long term results.

The teen addiction treatment combines a motivational program with the “accountability” concept, emphasizing, respect for family, respect for others, and a teamwork approach towards daily goals and accomplishments. During your teens enrollment to our Teen Prescription Addiction Treatment Center we will tailor a personal educational plan for your teenager. Inspirations for Youth and Families offer an “On-Site” Preparatory format school program in order for our teens to maintain High School Credits.