Barbiturates are not nearly as common as other substances of abuse such as prescription painkillers, heroin, cocaine, or alcohol, however, they are still in circulation and can be extremely dangerous when abused.
Previously used by medical professionals, barbiturates were prescribed to help treat sleep disorders and anxiety. These sedative-hypnotic medications, which include Seconal, Luminal, and Nembutal, were more popular in the 1960’s and 1970’s, however, are rarely used in medicine today. Unfortunately, these medications are still easily accessible to the public and those who crave their many mind-altering effects.
When barbiturates enter the system, an individual’s brain will become affected almost immediately. GABA, a neurotransmitter in the brain, will be activated, however, due to the activation, other areas of the brain shut down, leading to feelings of sedation and poor function. Sadly, even minimal use of barbiturates can lead to coma and potentially even death.
Prescriptions pain killers may cause heart damage and issues with the cardiovascular system and respiratory system. Lately, the addiction potential of opioid pain killers has been the main concern when prescribing or consuming these prescriptions. But there are several emerging studies that outline the effects of pain killers and heart damage. Prescription pain killers are extremely effective at treating pain. However, there are critics of the frequency and volume which many doctors prescribe this medication. Also, a large number of heroin addicts report that they started using opioids with a legal prescription from a doctor. It is a complex and complicated issue.
Opioid Pain Killers and Heart Damage
Some of the symptoms and medical issues that can occur are:
Much of the study around opioids and heart damage is relatively new and emerging.
The Governor of Florida, Rick Scott, declared the Opioid Epidemic a state emergency in 2017. This move allocated $54 million of federal Health and Human Services funding to combat the growing use, overdose rate, and trafficking of illicit opioid drugs, such as heroin, synthetic fentanyl, and illegally obtained prescription painkillers. According to the CDC (Centers for Disease Control) statistics, Florida had 4,728 overdose deaths in 2016. And nationwide, there was a five-fold increase in overdose deaths from 1999 to 2016.
This increase is due to a seemingly free flow of prescription opiates and an increase in drug cartel trafficking of heroin and fentanyl. Although this problem is not specific or unique to Florida, in the early 2000s lax regulations created an environment where so-called “pill mills,” fraudulent doctor’s offices that over-prescribed pain medication, could flourish. Many people begin using prescription opiates but switch to heroin because it is easier to attain and cheaper to purchase.
Finding the right treatment center can be difficult. You may have just found out your child has been using opiates or heroin. You may have just been arrested for driving under the influence. You may have been hospitalized for alcohol poisoning or complications with methamphetamine and you know it’s time to stop. This realization can be one of the most transformative periods of your life.
It has become increasingly apparent that addiction can affect anyone across all socio-economic and racial backgrounds. From the high school student to the CEO – the suburban mother of 3 to the construction worker, addiction is progressive. Eventually the understanding that drugs and alcohol have taken over your life becomes the guiding force for every action you take. But you’ve never been prepared for substance abuse treatment or how to find the right treatment center.