Vicodin® (hydrocodone/APAP) can be abused in a few different ways. It can be taken as intended (by mouth), injected, or even snorted. It is never recommended for Vicodin (or other medications intended for oral use) to be snorted or injected, as it can be dangerous.
As a type of narcotic, Vicodin is a highly desired drug of abuse. The physical consequences of Vicodin abuse can be extremely dangerous. Taking high doses of a narcotic, especially if you are not used to it, can result in breathing problems, extreme drowsiness, coma, and even death. Taking high doses of acetaminophen (one of the components of Vicodin) is likely to cause liver failure and death.
Also, the emotional and social consequences of Vicodin abuse can be equally devastating. Relationships and careers can be destroyed, and years of hard work can be ruined in a short time.
Your healthcare provider is a great place to start when searching for help for abuse of Vicodin. He or she will be able to help you deal with this problem or may suggest other resources for you.
(Click Vicodin Abuse for more information on the dangers of abusing Vicodin. This article also describes the difference between abuse and a physical dependence on Vicodin and explains how to get help.)