The generic name of Dilaudid is Hydromorphone. Its mechanism of action is similar to the other opiate drugs. However, unlike the other opiates, the commonly used route for its administration is intravenous. The drug is also taken orally and snorted by some people. People abusing Dilaudid can become easily addicted as is the case with other opioids. The addiction of Dilaudid is also very difficult to treat and the recovery time is longer. The drug binds to the receptors in CNS and the GI tract to reduce the sensation of pain and activate the neurotransmitters that generate the euphoric effects. The tolerance and addiction of the drug has been reported to be developed in three weeks. Once such conditions develop, an individual can’t stop the drug by himself without experiencing the intense withdrawal symptoms. The medical assistance in the form of rehabilitation centers is needed to cure the condition. An overdose on Dilaudid is also a common condition. It is a fatal condition which can develop irrespective of the tolerance or addiction. According to the NSDUH 2014, about 4 million Americans abused Dilaudid in a period of just 4 months..