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Is OxyContin Addictive?

Is OxyContin Addictive?

OxyContin is just the same as oxycodone but releases slowly over time instead of all at once. It is meant for chronic pain and other types of pain. It is one of the most commonly used drugs for abuse in the United States.

It is a semi-synthetic opioid since the main part of its ingredients is oxycodone.

OxyContin is meant to be used twice a day. That is one of the reasons it is so often prescribed because it doesn’t need multiple doses to be effective. It is commonly used to help with back and neck pain or chronic pain. It can also help cancer patients manage pain and move normally.

How OxyContin Is Abused

If someone is abusing the prescription drug OxyContin, then they usually crush the pills and snort them or dilute them with water for injections. This kills the function that is supposed to make OxyContin have a timed release but can, in fact, make the drug more dangerous.

The FDA approved a new formula for OxyContin in 2010 meant to keep people from abusing the drug in this manner. The formula change made sure that crushing OxyContin would not stop the time-release function of the drug in hopes people would abuse it less. Also, adding water to the crushed pill would make the liquid too thick to inject.

Now that this is the case, some people who were abusing OxyContin have moved to abuse heroin instead. There are sadly always other drugs to choose from. Heroin is also a lot cheaper to obtain than OxyContin is.

Effects Of OxyContin

When used the way OxyContin is prescribed it can really help relieve or reduce pain.  When people abuse it by crushing it or injecting it the drug reacts far more quickly and can cause a high. The high is considered similar to a high from heroin abuse.

In certain areas of the United States OxyContin has a higher rate of abuse than even heroin.

It can be almost too easy to overdose on OxyContin, which can cause death if untreated due to heart issues or respiratory issues.

Some symptoms of an overdose on OxyContin:

–    Clouding of mental functions

–    Cold and clammy skin

–    Coma

–    Confusion

–    Dizziness

–    Loss of consciousness

–    Nausea

–    Reduced vision

–    Seizures

–    Slow breathing (respiratory depression)

–    Small pupils

–    Tiredness

–    Vomiting

–    Weakness

 

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