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Prescription Medication

At Heritage Treatment Foundation we use the Holistic approach to prescription medication addiction recovery. 

Prescription Medication

prescription medication

“Are you gambling your life away with pills? In the US, there is one death every 24 minutes and drugs are the No.1 accidental killer with the vast majority caused by prescriptions.”

The following are selected prescription drugs with potential for abuse:

Category 1: Depressants (used to treat anxiety and sleep disorders)

Barbiturates: Amytal, Nembutal, Seconal, Phenobarbital; barbs, reds, red birds, phennies, tooies, yellows, yellow jackets

Benzodiazepines: Ativan, Halcion, Librium, Valium, Xanax; candy, downers, (other than flunitrazepam) sleeping pills, tranks

Flunitrazepa: Rohypnol (associated with sexual assaults); forget-me pill, Mexican Valium, R2, Roche, roofies, roolinol, rope, rophies

General Effects: Reduced pain and anxiety; feelings of well-being; lowered inhibitions; slowed pulse and breathing lowered blood pressure; poor concentration/confusion, fatigue; impaired coordination, memory, judgement; respiratory depression and arrest, addiction.

Barbiturates: Sedation, drowsiness/depression, unusual excitement, fever, irritability, poor judgement, slurred speech, dizziness

Benzodiazepines: Sedation, drowsiness/dizziness

Flunitrazepam: Visual and gastrointestinal disturbances, urinary retention, memory loss for the time under the drug’s effects

Category 2: Dissociative Anesthetics

Ketamine: Ketalar SV; cat Valium, K, Special K, vitamin K

General Effects: Increased heart rate and blood pressure, impaired motor function/memory loss; numbness; nausea/vomiting

Category 3: Opioids and Morphine Derivatives (often prescribe to treat pain)

Codeine: Empirin with Codeine, Fiorinal with Codeine, Robitussin A-C, Tylenol with Codeine; Captian Cody, Cody, schoolboy; (with glutethimide) doors & fours, loads, pancakes and syrup

Fentanyl: Actiq, Duragesic, Sublimaze; Apache, China girl, China white, dance feaver, friend, goodfella, jackpot, murder 8, TNT, Tango and Cash

Morphine: Roxanol, Duramorph; M, Miss Emma, monkey, white stuff

Opium: Laudanum, paregoric; big O, black stuff, block, gum hop


  • Tylox, OxyContin, Percodan, Percocet; oxy 80’s, oxycotton, oxycet, hillbilly herion, percs
  • Demerol, meperidine hydrochloride; demmies, pain killer
  • Dilaudid; juice, dillies
  • Vicodin, Lortab, Lorcet; Darvon, Darvocet

General Effects: Pain relief, euphoria, drowsiness/respiratory depression and arrest, nausea, confusion, constipation, sedation, unconsciousness, coma, tolerance, addiction. Codeine – less analgesia, sedation, and respiratory depression than morphine

Category 4: Stimulants (treat narcolepsy and ADD & ADHD)

Amphetamines: Biphetamine, Dexedrine; bennies, black beauties, crosses, hearts, LA turnaround, speed, truck drivers, uppers

Cocaine: Cocaine hydrochioride; blow, bump, C, candy, Charlie, coke, crack, flake, rock, snow, toot

Methamphetamines: Desoxyn; chalk, crank, crystal, fire, glass, go fast, ice, meth, speed

Methylphenidate: Ritalin; JIF, MPH, R-ball, Skippy, the smart drug, vitamin R

General Effects: Increased heart rate, blood pressure, metabolism; feelings of exhilaration, energy, increased mental alertness/rapid or irregular heart beat; reduced appetite, weight loss, heart failure

Cocaine: Increased temperature/chest pain, respiratory failure, nausea, abdominal pain, strokes, seizures, headaches, malnutrition

Methamphetamine: Aggression, violence, psychotic behaviour/memory loss, cardiac and neurological damage; impaired memory and learning, tolerance, addiction

Methylphenidate: Increase or decrease in blood pressure, psychotic episodes/digestive problems, loss of appetite, weight loss


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