Oxycontin is a strong prescription narcotic analgesic that is used to relieve severe ongoing pain, such as pain due to cancer, injuries, and arthritis. In the U.S., research done by the National Household Survey on Drug Abuse shows that almost 1 million residents aged 12 and older have used Oxycontin for non-medical reasons at least once in their lifetime. While individuals of all ages abuse Oxycontin, the problem is particularly significant among high school students.
What is Oxycontin?
Oxycontin is a popular brand name of the drug oxycodone hydrochloride. Oxycontin tablets are available in 10mg, 20mg, 40mg, or 80mg. This drug is available only by prescription for those who need relief of severe pain. Individuals who abuse Oxycontin do it for the euphoric effect that is similar to heroin use.
Besides Oxycontin, other common oxycodone brand names include:
Common street names of Oxycontin include:
- Hillbilly heroin
As Oxycontin tablets have a controlled release feature when swallowed whole, abusers crush or chew the tablets to bypass this feature. The crushed form of Oxycontin can then be snorted, used as a suppository, or dissolved in water and taken intravenously.
What are the Side Effects of Oxycontin Addiction?
The use of Oxycontin affects individuals differently. As a strong prescription drug, Oxycontin can cause a wide variety of side effects in Oxycontin abusers, including:
- Nausea and vomiting
- Dry mouth
- Loss of appetite
- Slowed breathing
The severity of the drug’s side effects depends on the strength of the drug, the amount that was taken, and the health, weight, and age of the person.
Understanding Oxycontin Overdose
Oxycontin can trigger a rush of dopamine in the brain, which causes a euphoric high in abusers. When people who use Oxycontin for pain relief begin to crave the euphoric high, it is a sign of dependence. While Oxycontin users may experience some side effects, an Oxycontin overdose is much more serious. Contact an ambulance immediately if you or your loved ones experience the following symptoms after taking Oxycontin:
- Shallow breathing that may slow down to the point of stopping
- Extreme fatigue
- Constricted pupils
How to Treat Oxycontin Addiction
Oxycontin addiction is difficult to recover from, but treatments centers are able to provide inpatient and outpatient options. Inpatient treatment includes detox, engaging in group therapy, counseling, and focusing on recovery. Outpatient treatment is for those who are comfortable enough to rejoin their social circles without relapsing. It includes therapy, counseling, and support groups for accountability.
Why Work with Spark To Recovery?
Spark To Recovery has a team of certified and licensed addiction counselors, psychiatrists, and nurses who are dedicated to helping addicts get back on track. We provide the support that recovering addicts need so that they can rediscover who they are and take back control over their lives.
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