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Handling hydromorphone? Watch out for charges

Many patients who are dealing with chronic pain use a drug called hydromorphone. This is an opioid, and by nature, a Schedule II drug. Schedule II drugs are known to cause addiction and dependency.

Hydromorphone was designed to help relieve moderate-to-severe pain, but its addictive qualities led to it being used to get high. People who could no longer get the medication from their own doctors began to turn to illegal options, which is part of how the opioid crisis developed today.

What are some other names for hydromorphone?

Hydromorphone is also known as:

  • Smack
  • D
  • Dust
  • Footballs
  • Dilaudid
  • Dillies
  • Exalgo

The Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) reports that hydromorphone has a high potential for abuse and dependence. It produces tolerances, even when taken as prescribed.

Though hydrocodone and oxycodone are actually more common street drugs today, hydromorphone used to be a leading opioid for diversion and abuse.

Where do people get hydromorphone?

Usually, people are able to get a few dosages from their medical providers. For example, if you went through a painful surgery, your medical provider may have ordered hydromorphone for you. You may have several days' worth of the tablets initially but require more as you heal and find that the pain is not going away. If you end up with chronic pain, a medical provider may keep you on this medication for a longer period.

Generally, the goal is to treat the underlying cause of pain, so patients don't need opioid pain relievers. Unfortunately, for many years, these pain relievers were overprescribed. That means that they're easier to purchase on the street and through illegal pharmaceutical stores online.

What should you do if you're stopped by an officer for using hydromorphone?

If you have a prescription for the medication that is in your possession, you shouldn't have any trouble with the law. People are able to have this in their possession legally, especially if they are being treated by a medical professional. However, if you are attempting to sell, distribute or purchase hydromorphone and are not licensed to do so, then you could face serious charges.

Addiction and dependency are serious problems. If you're struggling, it's possible to seek assistance through a substance abuse treatment center. If you've been arrested and are facing charges, then this is something that you may want to discuss with your attorney, since it could be allowed as a kind of alternative sentence.

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