- Commonly Abused Pain Medication
- Commonly Abused Pain Relievers -Painkillers
- Oxycodone Prescription Drugs
- Hydrocodone Prescription Drugs
- Other Narcotic Analgesic Drugs
- Commonly Abused Tranquilizers
- Commonly Abused Pain Relievers -Painkillers
- Pain Medication Abuse
- Pro Athlete Painkiller Addiction
- Pain Medication Intervention
1 Million Drug Abusers And Growing
OxyContin drug abuse is widespread across the country among people of all ages and backgrounds. OxyContin when prescribed as a painkiller is the best-selling non-generic narcotic pain reliever in the United States. It is prescribed legally for the relief of moderate to severe pain resulting from injuries, bursitis, neuralgia, arthritis, and cancer. Its appeal for nonmedical use to drug abusers is because of a euphoric effect it can produce. In fact, according to the National Household Survey on Drug Abuse, over 1 million U.S. residents aged 12 and older have used OxyContin non-medically. That number is increasing all the time because almost 15% of college and high school students admit to using prescription drugs for nonmedical use. Oxycontin is America’s youth most popular drug of choice for nonmedical use.
OxyContin drug abuse produces a similar high that is associated with heroin
OxyContin is a brand name for the narcotic drug oxycodone hydrochloride. OxyContin is available in 10 milligram (mg), 20 mg, 40 mg, or 80 mg tablets. The tablets come in different colors and sizes according to the dosage. OxyContin tablets are imprinted with the letters OC on one side and the number of milligrams on the other side. OxyContin tablets are designed to be swallowed whole and release their effects over a long time period. In cases of OxyContin drug abuse, individuals bypass this time-release by either chewing or crushing the tablets. Crushed tablets can be snorted or dissolved in water and injected.
OCs, ox, oxy 40, oxy 80, Blue, Hillbilly heroin, Kicker, or Oxycotton
The most common street names for OxyContin are OCs, ox, oxy 40, oxy 80, Blue, Hillbilly heroin, Kicker, or Oxycotton. Although OxyContin is also known as the "poor man's heroin," street prices vary from 50 cents to $1 per milligram, with 40 milligram tablets selling from $20-$40. This is in sharp contrast to the common prescription cost of $4 per 40mg tablet before insurance subsidies. This price discrepancy creates a great financial incentive for those with access to prescription OxyContin to sell it illegally, fueling OxyContin drug abuse. Oftentimes, individuals with valid medical reasons to be prescribed the drug will sell it to reap these financial rewards. Individuals may also engage in "prescription shopping" among different doctors to receive larger quantities of the drug to sell or supply their own OxyContin drug abuse.
One large dose of OxyContin can cause severe respiratory depression
OxyContin drug abuse among high school students is a particular problem today. According to the University of Michigan's Monitoring the Future Survey, four percent of high school seniors in the United States abused the drug at least once over the past year. Because it is a legal drug when prescribed, many young people are under the mistaken impression that somehow OxyContin drug abuse is less dangerous than illegal drugs. They could not be more wrong. Individuals who take even a single large dose of OxyContin are at risk of severe respiratory depression that can lead to death. Inexperienced and new users are at particular risk, because they may be unaware of what constitutes a large dose and have not developed a tolerance for the drug.
Individuals who engage in OxyContin drug abuse risk developing a tolerance for the drug, causing them to take increasingly higher doses to achieve the same effects. Long-term abuse of the drug can also lead to physical dependence and addiction. Individuals who become dependent upon or addicted to the drug may experience painful and dangerous withdrawal symptoms if they cease using the drug. Withdrawal symptoms associated with OxyContin drug abuse include restlessness, muscle and bone pain, insomnia, diarrhea, vomiting, cold flashes, and involuntary leg movements.
OxyContin drug abusers who inject the drug face additional risks, such as HIV
In addition, OxyContin drug abusers who inject the drug face additional risks, such as HIV (human immunodeficiency virus), hepatitis B and C, and other blood-borne viruses. Also, some of those individuals who engage in OxyContin drug abuse end up becoming addicted to heroin as their relatively inexpensive (insurance funded) prescriptions run out, and they can't afford the street price of their first drug of choice. Due to its similar euphoric effect, heroin often becomes the next drug of choice for those who fall prey to OxyContin drug abuse.
Government Employees Arrested in Health Insurance/Oxycontin Scam
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