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    Woman Is Concerned About Boyfriends Dilaudid Addiction

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    Woman Is Concerned About Boyfriends Dilaudid Addiction

    Caller: 24-year old woman calling on behalf of her boyfriend

    Problem: Addiction to dilaudid (hydromorphone)

    Seeking: Prescription drug rehab center

    Reason(s): According to the woman, her boyfriend has turned the corner and has gone from a ‘recreational user’ to a full-blown drug-seeking addict. She knows that her boyfriend received a prescription for Dilaudid more than a year ago, and that his problem with substance abuse has increased dramatically over the last few months. According to her, “He started using these pills to feel a little better, and it seemed to work, he was happier, he was feeling good about himself. Then he hung out with one of our friends who told him that he was ‘lucky’ enough to have the type of opiate that you can abuse without any special measures.” The caller states that it was a friend of her boyfriend that introduced him to ‘cold shaking’, referring to the water solubility property of Dilaudid, meaning that a user can abuse it without needing to heat it first. The caller is certain that her boyfriend has started using the substance intravenously, a suspicion only enhanced by the fact that her boyfriend refuses to be intimate anymore and even makes sure to lock the bathroom door when taking a shower. The caller said, “I realize that opioid medication is no joke, so I need to know what I can do in order to help him before he totally goes off the deep end and winds up with an even worse problem.” She has scheduled an intake consultation for the boyfriend with a local drug rehabilitation program.

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