OxyContin a Form Of The Drug Oxycodone
OxyContin is the brand name for oxycodone hydrochloride which is a narcotic prescription painkiller. This painkiller is only available by prescription. When legally prescribed through a physician, it's given to the patient to treat pain symptoms that range anywhere from moderate to severe.
Some of the medical conditions OxyContin is prescribed to the patient include; injury, bursitis, neuralgia, arthritis, and cancer.
Abusing OxyContin is illegal and is classified as a Schedule II substance under the Controlled Substances Act. This classification for OxyContin is due to the fact that there is a high potential for abuse of this narcotic pain reliever. Potential for abuse means that OxyContin abuse can lead to tolerance and dependence which leads to severe psychological or physical addiction.
Abuse of OxyContin
People abuse this narcotic because of the 'high' or 'euphoric' feelings and effects OxyContin produces. The effects of OxyContin when abused are very similar to the effects a drug user receives when abusing heroin. Because of this, OxyContin is abused by many drug users and is responsible for many serious drug addictions to painkillers.
This narcotic prescription painkiller comes in doses, 10 mg, 40 mg, and 80 mg tablets. As far as appearance, this depends on the dosage. OxyContin pills have the letters OC imprinted on the side and the milligram dose is imprinted on the opposite side of the pill.
OxyContin Street Names
OxyContin is referred to on the streets by those that abuse this painkiller and by those that illegally sell it as:
- Hillybilly heroin
OxyContin Pain Killer Abuse
OxyContin is designed to be administered slowly for the relief of pain. This controlled-release pain pill is meant to be swallowed whole when taken as prescribed by a physician for the treatment of pain. When an individual abuses OxyContin with the intentions of getting 'high' they crush the tablets or chew them. Crushed tablets are then snorted or injected after dissolving the tablet in water.
This video tells you what addiction symptoms to watch for if you believe someone you know is addicted to Oxycontin.
There is no set age group that abuses OxyContin. A drug abuse survey shows that not only do people of all ages abuse this narcotic painkiller, adolescents as young as 12 years old have used OxyContin. The survey indicated that almost 1 million United States residents 12 years of age and older had abused OxyContin at least once during the year prior to the survey. High school students were of particular concern. According to the University of Michigan's Monitoring the Future survey 4 percent of seniors in high school had abused this narcotic pain killer. This information was documented in 2003 and I'm sure the numbers have increased since then.
Mixing OxyContin with Alcohol or other Drugs
Never mix OxyContin or any other narcotic pain relievers, not only are there serious risks and dangers associated with mixing drugs there is the risk of Death. Different drugs and medicines interact with OxyContin in a negative way and may actually increase the levels of Oxy in your bloodstream. If this happens your breathing can stop and lead to death. Mixing OxyContin with alcohol increases the dangerous risks and effects of this narcotic pain killer and can also lead to death.
OxyContin Withdrawal Symptoms
If an individual is taking OxyContin that's been prescribed by their doctor it's important that they follow the instructions given to them. Suddenly stopping this painkiller without a physician's supervision can lead to withdrawal symptoms. Drug users that illegally abuse OxyContin for non-medical reasons face the risk of withdrawal if they abruptly stop using this pain killer also. Like any other drug of abuse the amount of the drug and the duration of abuse can determine the severity of withdrawal symptoms from OxyContin. Some of these withdrawal symptoms may include:
- Stomach cramps
- Nasal problems
- Increased heart rate
- Tiredness and weakness
- Blood pressure problems
- Muscle soreness and achiness
- Restlessness and irritability
- Mild pain
- Teary eyes
OxyContin Abuse and Pregnancy
If you abuse OxyContin while you're pregnant on a regular basis, your baby may go through withdrawal symptoms after their birth. If you abuse painkillers or any other drugs before and during your pregnancy hard as it is, you owe it to that beautiful unborn child to confide this to your doctor. Signs of withdrawal symptoms in a newborn may include:
- Fast breathing
- Tremors or shaking
- The baby may cry more than usual
If a mother uses OxyContin right before their baby is born the newborn may have problems breathing after their birth. A mother should never use OxyContin while breast feeding her baby because this pain killer passes through her breast milk. The baby may become drowsy, have trouble breathing, and may not eat well. It's always better to be 'safe' than sorry.
Sadly no matter how much information there is available there are going to still be people that choose to abuse OxyContin, pain pills, alcohol and other substances. The risks involved with drug abuse are just not worth it. Many people have learned this the hard way. There are Addiction Drug Treatment Centers, Detox Centers, and Drug Therapy and Counseling designed to help you through your substance abuse and addiction. Don't put recovery off, sometimes it's 'just too late'!
National Drug Intelligence Center OxyContin Fast Facts
U.S. Department of Justice
PDF File Medication Guide OxyContin