Oxycontin is a white, odorless, crystalline powder that is originated from the opium alkaloid. This a drug, also known as oxycodone hydrochloride, and is considered to be a very powerful painkiller. In the medical field this prescription drug is normally prescribed to those patients with chronic pains, who experience mild to severe pain on the daily basis. This drug, has a potent analgesic opiod, that was developed and is commonly used in a terminal cancer patients. Oxycontin pills have a time-released function, which maintains a determined level of Oxycodone in the human body, capable of managing pain for up to 12 hours.
One of most vital functions of this drug, named Oxycontin, is to decrease the pain, however it also releases certain chemicals in to the body, that provides an enhanced euphoric feeling and ultimate relaxation. While the drug is used properly, taken the whole pill by swallowing, as prescribed by the doctor, the drug will not cause any long term side effects or become addictive. However the drug abusers would use this drug in other ways, as not recommended, by chewing, crushing, or dissolving the pill into liquid form, and then ingesting the substance .
This type of consumption induces the heightened “rush” and euphoria, that resembles other drugs use such as heroin. The drug is released all at once, vs. the appropriate time-released way . Oxycontin addiction causes an elevated resistance in the body, demanding an increasing amount of drug to produce the same type of intoxication to experience same effects daily.
An addiction to Oxycontin has rapidly become one of the top most abused drugs in the United States. The cost for these pills vary from $5 to $20 based on the dosage, and it is somewhat easy to obtain the drug on the streets. Sometimes, all it takes a short visit to a physician’s office, and a mild illness, and the patients can walk away with the prescription for Oxycontin.
Oxycontin addiction also has side effects this includes:
- Muscle and bone pain
Long-term use of this drug, can cause paranoia, alarmingly high body temperatures, and irregular heartbeat.
Treatment for oxycontin addiction should be performed by a medical professional. There are a multiple ways to treat oxycontin addiction. This includes medication in conjunction with behavioral modification counseling; accelerated detox, and a drug assisted craving control methods.
According to Statistics and Trends provided by NIDA (National Institute On Drug Abuse) :
“In 2009, 16 million Americans age 12 and older had taken a prescription pain reliever, tranquilizer, stimulant, or sedative for nonmedical purposes at least once in the year prior to being surveyed. Source: National Survey on Drug Use and Health (Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration Web Site). The NIDA-funded 2010 Monitoring the Future Study showed that 2.7% of 8th graders, 7.7% of 10th graders, and 8.0% of 12th graders had abused Vicodin and 2.1% of 8th graders, 4.6% of 10th graders, and 5.1% of 12th graders had abused OxyContin for nonmedical purposes at least once in the year prior to being surveyed. Source: Monitoring the Future (University of Michigan Web Site).”
Addiction Hot Line Today offers various programs that have been very successful, in helping addicts who burdened by this painkiller addiction. The rehabilitation treatment program begins when detoxification is complete. It will provide appropriate counseling and therapy to help the person to recover and stay clean off the drug for a life time.