Abusing any prescription drug can lead to serious health risks. However, OxyContin is one of the most dangerous prescription drugs to abuse due its highly addictive properties. Due to the highly addictive properties of OxyContin and developed tolerance, many people who become addicted didn’t start out abusing the drug and took it as prescribed. Opiates cause a person to build a tolerance, especially in those who have been taking the drug for long periods of time. Other individuals who abuse the drug intentionally are at a greater risk for developing an addiction in a shorter period of time.
The signs and symptoms of OxyContin use vary among individuals. Factors to consider are the how long the person has been abusing the drug, how often the drug is taken and the route of administration. Here are some signs and symptoms of OxyContin abuse.
• Mood swings
• “Nodding out”
• Pupillary constriction
• Respiratory depression
• Dry Mouth
• “Doctor shopping”
• Stealing or borrowing OxyContin
• Forging prescriptions
• Risky behaviors
• Decreased inhibitions
• Neglecting family or personal responsibilities
• Difficulty maintain personal relationships
• Taking higher doses than what was prescribed
• Crushing and snorting pills to increase effects
• Smoking/injecting the drug
OxyContin has a risk for developing addiction. The health risks associated with OxyContin addiction can be fatal. If you suspect someone may be abusing the drug you should seek help immediately. Those who are addicted to OxyContin often use alternative routes of administration; this increases the likelihood of and unintentional overdose. For more information about OxyContin addiction, withdrawal, detox and how to get help in recovery, do not hesitate to contact us at (888)357-7577.