Pentazocine – FAQ

Pentazocine is the generic form of a drug sold on the market under the tradename Talwin or Talwin NX. It is a synthetic product that is a narcotic analgesic commonly prescribed for the relief of moderate to severe chronic or acute pain. It was developed in the 1960s to provide a non-addictive substitute for morphine but with a pain-relieving strength similar to a combination of morphine and codeine.

Despite its non-addictive promise, within a few years of its release, medical providers found they were seeing people who were addicted to Pentazocine. In particular, these cases consisted of individuals who were using the drug recreationally to elicit the euphoric high often seen with narcotic abuse. These users where combining the drug with antihistamines to prolong the state of euphoria or were adding Ritalin to their dosages to produce a high like that felt when cocaine and heroin are mixed.

Pentazocine is readily available as a street drug and can be found going by names such as blues, rits, Ts, crackers, yellow footballs, 44s, and poor man’s heroin.

Abuse of pentazocine can result in very serious conditions, including hallucinations, delusion, seizures, anxiety disorders, memory loss, pulmonary hypertension, thickening or tightening of the skin, skin necrosis leading to amputation, and more.

Reliance on using pentazocine or a reluctance to discontinue its use is problematic but help to break this cycle is available. To learn more, check out the FAQ section or contact a representative at The Recovery Village to learn about options for recovery.