Oxycontin Addiction and Treatment
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OxyContin is a prescription drug medication that's prescribed for the relief of pain. Oxycontin is the brand name for oxycodone hydrochloride which is a narcotic painkiller and legally prescribed in the United States. Oxycontin is used in treating moderate to severe pain to patients suffering from injury, bursitis, neuralgia, arthritis, and cancer.
Why would a person misuse oxycontin? Oxycontin is abused because of the euphoric feelings and sensations a person experiences when using this narcotic painkiller. The effects of oxycontin are close to the same feelings a user of heroin experiences when getting high. Oxycontin is addictive when used long term or when abused in high doses.
What Does Oxycontin Look Like?
Oxycontin comes in pill form and the size and colors of the tablets vary depending on the dose. This prescription narcotic pain pill comes in 10, 20, 40, and 80 milligram tablets with the letters OC on one side of the tablet.
How Is Oxycontin Abused?
In order to abuse oxycontin for the euphoric effects the user has to chew or crush the tablets because they're a timed release formula. After they're crushed users either snort oxycontin or they dissolve the tablet in water and inject it.
Oxycontin is abused by people in all age groups including children as young as 12 years of age. Abusing oxycontin to get high is quite popular among many high school students in the United States according to a University of Michigan's monitoring the future survey.
Oxycontin users can become tolerant of the narcotic painkiller and find the need to increase their dose. Those who abuse oxycontin continually increase their dose higher and higher in order to achieve the effects their seeking to get high. This leads to physical addiction and the user can experience withdrawal symptoms when they stop using the narcotic painkiller.
Withdrawal symptoms can include restlessness, anxiety, bone and muscle pains, sleeplessness, diarrhea, nausea and vomiting, cold chills, and uncontrolled leg movements. Some people abuse oxycontin in high doses and they're at risk severe respiratory (breathing) depression which can end up being fatal. Individuals that are at the most risk of respiratory depression are usually the less experienced oxycontin users because they're unaware of how much is too much.
A risk an oxycontin user faces if they inject the narcotic painkiller is contracting hepatitis B and C, and HIV as well as other blood borne viruses.
Oxycontin Street Names
Most all drugs of abuse have slang terms given to them when they're referred to by the users and sellers of the illegal drugs. Oxycontin users refer to the narcotic pain pill as OCs, ox, oxy, 40, 80, blue, hillbilly heroin, kicker and oxycotton.
These symptoms include tiny small pupils, breathing problems and extreme sleepiness. Seek medical help immediately if your or someone you know has possibly overdosed on oxycontin because breathing can stop which can lead to death.