Rx Drugs: Opiates/Opioids

Signs and Symptoms of Opiates/Opioids

Street Names: Oxys, Hydros, T-3 (Tylenol with codeine), Percs (Percocet/Percodan)

Method of Use: Swallowed, Smoked, Snorted (crushed into powder), Injected

Pain Medications

  • Hydrocodone (Vicodin)
  • Oxycodone (OxyContin)
  • Propoxyphene (Darvon)
  • Hydromorphone (Dilaudid)
  • Meperidine (Demerol)
  • Diphenoxylate (Lomotil)
  • Morphine
  • Fentanyl
  • Codeine

Symptoms/Effects of Use

  • Pain relief
  • Euphoria
  • Drowsiness/sedation
  • Nausea
  • Confusion
  • Constipation
  • Respiratory depression/arrest
  • Vivid nightmares
  • Hallucinations
  • Mood swings
  • Unconsciousness
  • Coma
  • Tolerance
  • Death (especially dangerous when mixed with alcohol)

What to Look For

  • Dilated pupils
  • Doctor shopping
  • Missing medication
  • Relaxed and oblivious to surroundings
  • Fall in and out of sleep (“nodding off”)
  • Uncoordinated and unbalanced (difficulty standing/sitting straight)

Withdrawals Symptoms

  • Restlessness
  • Muscle and bone pain
  • Insomnia
  • Diarrhea
  • Vomiting
  • Cold flashes with goose bumps (referred to as “cold turkey”)
  • Involuntary leg movements

Note: Each person may experience different symptoms/effects. This list is not inclusive. For more information, visit www.drugabuse.gov