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    Hydrocodone is a popular drug used to relieve pain or to suppress coughing. This drug is a close relative to Codeine, which is also a painkiller. Hydrocodone has been around for about 95 yeas and it has made its way to the second most abused drug in the United States. So how did this drug make its way from a medical breakthrough to a highly abused substance? Hydrocodone was first created by a German pharmaceutical company known as Knoll. It was created in the 1920’s by simply attaching a hydrogen molecule to codeine molecules. They created this drug so it would be less toxic and easier on the stomach versus people taking Codeine. A lot of people were also getting addicted to Codeine so they tried making a less addictive pain killer. However the animals tested with Hydrocodone showed a euphoric state. Which would later cause a lot of problems for Hydrocodone users. As the years have gone by many people have become addicted to Hydrocodone. This addiction occurs because when Hydrocodone is taken it creates a euphoria, or an uplifted mood. It has become the second most abused drug in the United States besides Oxytocin. In August of 2014 the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration) classified Hydrocodone as a Schedule 2 drug. Which means that this drug is highly addictive and shouldn't be prescribed as freely. The effects of a Hydrocodone…

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    process was coherent, logical, with no cognitive impairments noted. Keane seems to be lacking goals and direction at this time, and denies any issues with drugs or alcohol even though he was referred to counseling by college sanctions and a concerned coach after being arrested for an open container. He has stated that his parents think he has a “huge drug problem and needs professional help.” Keane seems to be lacking good judgement and personal insight when it comes to his drinking and his…

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    weeks. Treatment to date includes medications, SCS implant on 03/09/10, lead revision on 05/12/10. CONCLUSION: 1. Medications Zohydro ER 30 mg #180 and Norco 10/325 mg #180 with 3 refills , Buprenorphine 20 mcg/hr #4 with 3 refills , Celecoxib 200 mg, Savella 50 mg #30 with 3 refills , naloxegol oxalate 25 mg, pregabalin 300 mg #60 with 3 refills , testosterone 10 mg/0.5 g #6 with 3 refills and vardenafil 10 mg #6 with 3 refills Regarding Zohydro ER 30 mg #180, ODG guidelines do not…

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    CC Sara is a 41-year-old female here today complaining of right wrist pain. HPI The patient had prior trauma to her wrist, resulting in a right radial fracture, treated with surgery by Dr. Eberhart in February of 2014. Since then, she tells me, once she recovered from that, she had been doing reasonably well. About a week and a half ago, she says she fell on her wrist. She tripped. She immediately felt pain, as well as there was swelling in the right wrist as well. She went to an urgent…

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    that these legally prescribed drugs’ molecular structures are almost identical to those of heroin? Did you also know that heroin used to be legal in medicinal use before it was taken off the market in the 1920s due to its highly addictive nature? Medical marijuana should be legal, instead of these opioid narcotics, to people who are looking for a better alternative to these above problems considering the side effects, addictiveness, and benefits and drawbacks of opioid pain medications that…

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    surgeries on the soft tissues of someone’s teeth, bone, and oral cavity. In the dental world, patients go through surgeries from root canals to getting their wisdom teeth removed and even to jaw surgeries. Patients are prescribed hydrocodone after these dental surgeries as a pain reliever. Hydrocodone is a very strong drug that is roughly equal to morphine. This drug was a perfect, effective drug against pain up until it was found that it is the most addictive of prescription drugs. Hydrocodone…

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    All ambulances must also carry the medication Epi. This drug must be carried in both adult and pediatric dosages. The chemical name of Epi is Epinephrine. Its chemical equation is C9H13NO3. The molecular weight of Epinephrine is 183.207 g/mol. Epinephrine has a hydrogen bond donor count of four, a hydrogen bond acceptor count of four, and a rotatable bond count of three (14). Epinephrine is given intramuscularly via auto injector. The dose is 0.3mg for adults and 0.15mg for pediatric…

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    Methadone is a potent opioid agonist used for the treatment of pain, heroin and opiate withdrawal symptoms. Initially, methadone was primarily used for the treatment of drug withdrawal. Presently, it is also used for the treatment of pain related to chronic, or terminal illness. Due to the low price, availability, and effectiveness, methadone is appealing to health care providers for the treatment of chronic pain. Although methadone has its Pros, I believe the Cons outweigh them. Risk of…

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    What Caused the Opioid Epidemic? Would you be surprised if I told you that the United States had 50% more people die last year due to a drug epidemic than in car accidents? I heard this on a news podcast and was shocked to find this statistic to be true. This drug crisis is the opioid epidemic we are currently facing in our country that last year alone claimed 60,000 lives. This prompted me to ask, why are we having this epidemic? How could we be having such a massive amount of deaths each…

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    Hydrocodone is another type of opioid pain killer that that is heavily abused in the Appalachian region. Lortabs and Vicodin are two of the most commonly abused forms of hydrocodone (Aschnerbrenner, pg.24). When combined with other drugs such as acetaminophen, aspirin, phenylephrine, and guaifenesin, hydrocodone is considered to be a schedule III substance, although the F.D, A. (The Food and Drug Administration) is recommending that drugs containing the narcotic hydrocodone be reclassified as…

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