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Chronic Pain ↓

Chronic pain generally persists for six months or more and continues after the expected cessation of the pain. Acute pain occurs in response to a specific, time-limited medical problem. Chronic pain tends to elicit severe depression as a result of long-term limitations and hopelessness. It is important to remember that one can become physically dependent upon a drug, but not addicted. Addiction is characterized by a loss of control over the substance or behavior, preoccupation with the substance or behaviors, and continued use despite emotional, physical, legal, or social consequences. A person with chronic pain may need to be withdrawn from medications in order to proceed with the next step in the pain management protocol. However, medications can be abused and lead to addiction, which may necessitate further treatment.

death with dignity ↓

term that implies that a physicians can write prescriptions fo lethal drugs under certain prescribed circumstances for an adult with a terminal illness to die.

Catfish ↓

A Catfish scam occurs when someone assumes a persona (or many) in order to trick another person into believing that they are really that person online. People fall for this scam due to loneliness, sensation seekers, extroverted, revenge and greed.

Caffeine Powder ↓

Bulk bags of pure caffeine powder available online and can cause death. Just a teaspoon of pure caffeine powder is equivalent to about 25 cups of coffee-a lethal amount. Besides death, severe caffeine overdose can cause fast and erratic heartbeat, seizures, vomiting, diarrhea, and disorientation.

Vape ↓
To inhale and exhale the vapor produced by an electronic cigarette or similar device.
Hysingla ↓

Hysinglaer ER (hydrocodone bitartrate extended-release tablet approved by the FDA. It is the only extended-release abuse-deterrent hydrocodone product that does not contain acetaminophen or any other type of analgesic pain reliever. It is a class ll extended-release narcotic used for the management of severe pain that requires around the clock treatment. The tablet is difficult to crush, break, or disolve, and forms a thick gel that cannot be easily prepared for injection.