OxyContin has gained a lot of press coverage over the past few years, and this prescription medication used to treat moderate to severe pain is no stranger to controversy. Not only has OxyContin abuse been in the news, but there are some chronic pain sufferers who refuse to take this medication because of concerns that they may become addicted.
OxyContin is the brand name for a time-release version of oxycodone, a narcotic pain reliever. It is used to relieve pain from arthritis, cancer, injuries and other conditions.
Oxycodone, is similar to morphine, and is also found in combination with other non-narcotic pain relievers in other prescription drugs, such as Percocet (oxycodone and acetaminophen) and Percodan (oxycodone and aspirin).
Patients who are prescribed OxyContin in a timed-release formula get up to 12 hours of relief from chronic pain. It’s a better choice for people who are in constant pain.
How OxyContin Is Abused
The tablets are crushed and either swallowed or snorted by those involved in OxyContin abuse. The pills can also be dissolved in water and injected, too. These strategies destroy the time-release mechanism, which means that the user gets the full effect of the narcotic right away.
OxyContin Addiction Signs
There are many signs and symptoms of OxyContin abuse, including physical, emotional and behavioral. Here are a few:
- Hiding the drug
- Doctor shopping to obtain multiple prescriptions
- Borrowing or stealing pills from friends of loved ones
- Lying or stealing to get more OxyContin when unable to obtain it through legitimate means
- Buying it off the street when unable to get it by prescription
- Forging prescriptions
- Financial problems due to buying OxyContin
- Social isolation
OxyContin Addiction Treatment
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