OxyContin is a brand name for the drug oxycodone hydrochloride. OxyContin is a narcotic analgesic. It is a controlled-release version of the drug oxycodone, a derivative of opium. Oxycodone is a Schedule II controlled substance. It is prescribed to treat serious and chronic pain. Patients with serious injuries, arthritis and cancer are often prescribed this drug due to its time-release formula, providing relief from pain for up to 12 hours.
When used properly, OxyContin releases oxycodone over 12 hours. Due to the high content of oxycodone found in OxyContin, it has become a commonly abused pain medication. People who abuse OxyContin use alternative methods of administration to eliminate the time-release mechanism of the drug. These methods include: crushing the tablet to swallow or snort it, crushing and smoking the drug, or diluting the drug in water and injecting it. These methods allow the person to feel the effects of the drug all at once. This is extremely dangerous. The primary reason OxyContin is abused is that it produces euphoria, something that addicts seek endlessly. While this drug was intended to be dispensed medically to patients with a prescription, it is readily available through illegal channels. People who abuse OxyContin often develop a tolerance to the drug and consistently require higher doses to achieve the same high; this leads to serious health risks, addiction and withdrawal symptoms.
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
Withdrawal from OxyContin can be extremely uncomfortable. Withdrawal from OxyContin is suggested to occur under medical supervision. The fear of experiencing withdrawal symptoms often drives the user to desperately seek the drug. Once a person has reached a point in their using to experience severe withdrawal symptoms it is likely that there has been major destruction in their life. Besides the wreckage their addiction may have caused, here are some symptoms of OxyContin withdrawal:
• Muscle pain
• Bone paid
• Intense cravings
• Mood swings
• Sweating and chills
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, such as intravenous drug use, in order to achieve a more rapid and intense high; this increases the likelihood of infectious diseases, infections, accidental overdose and death.
OxyContin has become one of the most commonly abused prescription medications in the United States. Those addicted to OxyContin go to great lengths to maintain their addiction. Doctor shopping, forging prescriptions, stealing drugs and buying the drug illegally off the streets are common ways people addicted to OxyContin continue the abuse. OxyContin abuse is a rising concern. The health risks associated with OxyContin abuse are extremely dangerous and can result in accidental overdose, coma and death. If you are concerned about yourself or a loved one, it is imperative that you seek help. Addiction is a disease without a permanent cure. With the right addiction treatment plan, emotional and physical recovery from addiction is possible. If you would like more information about OxyContin detox and long term recovery, please do not hesitate to call us at (888)357-7577.