Teen hydrocodone abuse is a serious problem in Minnesota. Teen hydrocodone addiction can develop very quickly and may even go unnoticed at first. With prompt hydrocodone addiction treatment, however, teens can overcome drug dependency and move forward to a bright future. It’s vital to recognize the signs of teen prescription addiction and take action to help.

Why is Acetaminophen and Hydrocodone Abuse Popular Among Teens?

Acetaminophen is a common analgesic that treats minor pains and fever. It is a principal ingredient in over-the-counter medications like Tylenol. Varying amounts are present in Vicodin. Hydrocodone, most often known as Vicodin, is a semi-synthetic opioid painkiller. It is very potent and fast acting, so it can be abused rapidly and with few visible symptoms.

Common Brand Names

Hydrocodone is available under a wide range of trade names:

  • Anexsia
  • Ceta Plus
  • Co-Gesic
  • Dolorex Forte
  • Hycet
  • Lorcet
  • Lortab
  • Maxidone
  • Norco
  • Stagesic
  • Zydone

Common Street Names

Drug abuse is often concealed through the use of a variety of slang terms, such as:

  • 357
  • Fluff
  • Magnums
  • M357
  • Vic or Vics
  • Vees
  • Vikings
  • Vitamin V

How Are Vicodin and Other Oral Narcotics Abused?

Vicodin is prescribed for people recovering from serious injuries, accidents or surgeries. Due to its potency, a very small dose can be used to obtain a euphoric high. Teens and others can abuse the drug by increasing the dosage. It can also be made more potent and fast acting by crushing or dissolving the pill. When crushed and snorted, the body absorbs it almost instantly.

Vicodin is also commonly mixed with alcohol, which can cause respiratory failure.

Overview of How This Combination is Abused

Vicodin may have varying concentrations of its ingredients according to the reasons for which it was prescribed. The acetaminophen enhances the pain-relieving effects of the hydrocodone. By taking more acetaminophen, the interaction becomes more powerful and potentially dangerous. Crushing and snorting the drugs or mixing them into alcohol are both widespread practices.


Vicodin quickly produces a euphoric high and eliminates muscle pain. It can make the user drowsy and tired, so it may be used by teens suffering from undiagnosed problems such as sleep disorder, ADD and other mental health issues.

Warning Signs

Vicodin produces symptoms like other opioids: slow heartbeat, lightheadedness, confusion and anxiety. Seizures, convulsions, nausea and vomiting are possible. The combination of blurred vision, ringing in the ears and headache can make accidents more likely.

Long-term Effects/Dangers of Abuse

Vicodin abuse can be fatal within a short time, as it interferes with operation of the lungs and heart. Someone experiencing overdose may have clammy skin with a pallor and may complain of numbness, muscle weakness or tingling. Coma and cardiac arrest can occur.

Helping Minnesota Teens with Vicodin Abuse Treatment

In 2015, more Minnesotans died of opioid overuse than homicide. Those struggling with teen prescription abuse need help for both the medical symptoms of withdrawal and the mental health challenges of overcoming addiction. The Anthony Louis Center offers caring, compassionate help from experts.  To find out more, contact us.


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