Vicodin is a prescription narcotic used to relieve moderate to severe pain. Vicodin is comprised of the drugs acetaminophen and hydrocodone. Hydrocodone alleviates pain by changing the brain’s response to pain. Acetaminophen intensifies the effects of the hydrocodone. Vicodin can be very beneficial if used as prescribed by the doctor and as long as it is used by the individual to whom it is prescribed. However, because of its euphoric and sedative effects, Vicodin is often abused or used recreationally. Vicodin has the potential to become addictive, and it should only be used as prescribed.
Sometimes it is difficult to identify an individual who is abusing drugs. There may be no visible physical symptoms, and he or she may appear to be living and behaving normally. However, if you fear that your family member or loved one is struggling from drug abuse or drug addiction, be aware of and on the look-out for drug-related paraphernalia.
Paraphernalia is defined as “. . .personal belongings. . . ” or “. . .the articles used in a particular activity. . .” Items that you should watch for include but are not limited to the following:
- Pills. Vicodin comes in pill form. If you find any pills with the inscription “WATSON 349,” “ANEXSIA,” “MPC207,” “VICODIN,” “M358,” “M359,” “10 300” or “TP,” these are Vicodin pills or generic versions of Vicodin. If the individual does not have a current prescription for Vicodin, he or she should not have the medication.
- Pill bottles. If you discover empty Vicodin bottles, pill bottles without labels, Vicodin bottles with another individual’s name on it, or multiple Vicodin bottles with prescriptions from different doctors, there could be reason for concern. Filled prescriptions from multiple doctors is a reason for concern because this could indicate doctor shopping.
- Prescription pads. In order to get Vicodin from a pharmacy, you must have a prescription. If you find a prescription pad, your loved one may be writing prescriptions for himself or herself in order to obtain Vicodin.
- Razors, pill crushers and pill choppers. Although many people just take Vicodin in its original form, some individuals prefer to crush their pills before taking them. Some may snort crushed Vicodin, although this not as common because it can be very painful.
- Other. Other things to look for include needles, torn tissue or toilet paper, spoons and pen caps. Although quite uncommon, some people will try to inject Vicodin after crushing it and mixing it into a solution. Others may “parachute” their Vicodin. Parachuting is when an individual crushes the pill and wraps the crushed pill up into a small piece of tissue or toilet paper and then swallows the wrapped up tissue. Spoons and pen caps can be utilized when snorting crushed Vicodin.
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