Prescribed for severe pain, Dilaudid is the brand name for hydromorphone hydrochloride, an opioid painkiller. Like other opioid drugs, it has a high potential for abuse.
It’s easy to see why medications like Dilaudid get abused. Chemically able to produce the same euphoric effects as heroin, the drug has the added benefit of having a medical label. Users know they’re taking exactly what they’re taking … unless it’s a counterfeit pill.
Increasingly common in street drug markets, opioid users take terrible risks purchasing pills from street dealers. They might be purchasing everything from sugar pills to fentanyl labeled as Dilaudid.
Like other opioid drugs, Dilaudid is highly addictive and comes with a danger of overdose. Detoxing from Dilaudid can be difficult, as it is for other opioid drugs. Being able to rely on 24/7 monitoring by trained professionals can make Dilaudid detox more successful.