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Hydromorphone - Dilaudid®


Hydromorphone Overview
Hydromorphone (Dilaudid®) belongs to a class of drugs called opioids which includes morphine. It has an analgesic potency of two to eight times that of morphine but has shorter duration of action and greater sedative properties than that of morphine. Hydromorphone comes in tablets, rectal suppositories, oral solutions and injectable formulations.

Street Names: D, Dillies, Dust, Footballs, Juice, Smack

Methods of Abuse
Tablets may be abused by ingestion. Injectable solutions as well as tablets that have been crushed and dissolved in solution may be injected as a substitute for heroin

Effect on the Mind
Similar to other opioids, hydromorphone produces feelings of euphoria, relaxation, sedation and reduced anxiety. It may also cause mental clouding, changes in mood, nervousness and restlessness. It works centrally (in the brain) to reduce pain and suppress cough. Hydromorphone use is associated with both physiological and psychological dependence.

Effect on the Body
Hydromorphone may cause constipation, pupillary constriction, urinary retention, nausea, vomiting and respiratory depression. In addition, it may cause dizziness, impaired coordination, loss of appetite, rash, slow or rapid heartbeat, and changes in blood pressure. Acute overdose of hydromorphone can produce severe respiratory depression, drowsiness progressing to stupor or coma, lack of skeletal muscle tone, cold and clammy skin, constricted pupils, reduction in blood pressure and heart rate. Severe overdose may result in death due to respiratory depression.

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