Another potent and dangerous prescription pain medication that's being abused today is a painkiller called Opana. Opana is the brand name for Oxymorphone and is a very powerful opioid pain killer that's much stronger than OxyContin, which at one time was a very popular drug abused by an enormous amount of people throughout the United States.
When prescription drugs are reformulated to keep them from being abused like OxyContin was, people start turning to other similar medications like Opana to misuse.
Opana begins to relieve pain within 15 minutes and continues for more than 5 hours. Often prescribed for the relief of pain for terminally ill patients, Opana is a very effective analgesic narcotic medication for treating moderate to severe pain. Opana (Oxymorphone) also comes in an extended release formula (Opana ER) for patients in need of pain relief around the clock. Opana is classified as a schedule II analgesic opioid drug because the potential for abuse is high and can lead to severe psychological and physical dependence if abused.
Opana Side Effects
There are also side effects associated with Opana and patients that are taking the pain medication legitimately and patients are made aware of possible symptoms that may occur. Individuals abusing Opana for the euphoric effects don't usually familiarize themselves with the drugs side effects and don't realize how severe they can be. They even take larger doses than is safely prescribed and don't understand some side effect symptoms can be serious especially if they don't go away. Side effects Associated with Opana (Oxymorphone) can include:
- Breathing problems
- Skin rash
- Flu like symptoms
Another side effect of Opana is Injection site pain if administered intravenously.
Opana is abused for the euphoric rush that's experienced especially when the pain reliever is administered intravenously but many people also abuse the painkiller orally or by snorting the drug for the same reasons. The high euphoric intravenous rush associated with the abuse of Opana is quite similar to what a heroin user experiences and has often been referred to as 'drugstore heroin' on the streets.
Opana (Oxymorphone) Street Names: There are many different terms used to describe Opana on the streets which include:
- Blue Heaven
- Drugstore heroin
- New Blues
- Mrs. O
- Organsa IR
- Pink O
- Pink Heaven
- Pink Lady
- Stop Signs
- The O Bomb
Oxymorphone Illicit Distribution
There are many different ways a person obtains Oxymorphone (Opana) medications to abuse such as doctor shopping, forging prescriptions, theft, robberies, through friends and they're also available on the streets due to Polydrug trafficking organizations.
Opana Overdose Symptoms can include; problems breathing, bluish in color-lips, nails, and skin, skin becomes clammy and cold, pupils increase or decrease in size, muscles become weak or limp, extreme tiredness, and unconsciousness.
Many people who abuse prescription pain medications like Opana also dangerously combine alcohol or other narcotics at the same time and put themselves at high risk for a lethal overdose. People who misuse prescription medications for non-medical reasons don't realize just how easy it can be to overdose on drugs like Opana and just how dangerous it is to mix narcotics. Hopefully this article on WDRB.com will make people stop and think before they abuse Opana or any other substance.
Because Opana can lead to addiction if the narcotic pain medication is abused, many people are psychologically and physically dependent on the painkiller and in order to function without experiencing withdrawal symptoms, they need to repeat their abuse of the drug every day. Now that prescription pain pills aren't as easy to get as they once were some people who abuse Opana turn to heroin if they're unable to obtain the drug.
This is part of the reason heroin use has spiked in many areas throughout the United States, opiate painkiller abuse has skyrocketed in the past few years and now an enormous amount of people are dependent on them. Heroin is becoming a substitute drug for people when they have a difficult time obtaining their preferred opiate fix.
Opana Withdrawal Symptoms
- Mood swings
- Flu type symptoms
Treatment for Opana Addiction
Opana addiction is a treatable illness and the earlier a person receives treatment the more successful they will be in terms of recovery. It's important not to stop at detoxification for Opana addiction because without further treatment long term recovery is rarely achieved. A combination of medication assisted treatments, counseling and behavioral therapy is extremely beneficial for treating Opana addiction and other opiate dependence. Support groups and 12 Step Programs are also very beneficial and have helped substance users remain clean and sober and lead healthy drug free lives.
Detoxification - If a person is addicted to Opana (Oxymorphone) they have probably used high doses of the drug for a long period of time and may need to detox to rid their body of the narcotic before receiving treatment for their addiction. Detoxification should be overseen by medical professionals to ensure the patients safety during this. Medications are often provided for patients detoxing from opiate dependence to reduce the symptoms of withdrawal.
Medication Assisted Opiate Treatment
Vivitrol - Once opiate detoxification is completed some treatment programs provide Vivitrol to prevent relapse and reduce cravings. Vivitrol is a non-addictive extended release medication that's approved for treating opioid addiction.
Methadone - Methadone has been around since the 60's for treating heroin addiction and today is also a treatment option for opiate dependence decreasing withdrawal symptoms and cravings.
Suboxone - Suboxone is another medication that's been approved to treat opiate dependence and contains naloxone to "guard against misuse". Suboxone helps to reduce the symptoms of opiate addiction during the maintenance phase of treatment.