Other names used: Oxies, Oxy, killers, oxycotton, OC’s, Oceans, O’s, oxycoffins.
OxyContin is one of a list of products in the oxycodone category that are now being abused as substitutes for heroin. Addictive when repeatedly abused, the popularity of the drug is screening recent fatal consequences of misuse. Now, concerned authorities are generating widespread warnings among first time users and other addicts.
Oxycodone (OxyContin) is a depressant of the central nervous system. The results from usage cover a wide range of individual responses. In some it merely suppresses pain, in others respiration can be seriously impaired, or a feeling of euphoria may occur. If the drug is used frequently the response to it diminishes and is then tolerated without the effect being sought by the abuser. Individual response to the drug varies widely from one person to another. Higher and higher doses may also be needed to achieve the original results. If the drug is stopped, withdrawal symptoms can soon set in.
This abuse of OxyContin has resulted in a warning from its manufacturer, Purdue Pharma of Stamford. Conn. The notification is designed to highlight problems associated with their product and to alert health care professionals.
OxyContin was approved by the Federal Drug Administration (FDA) in 1995. It was developed to treat chronic, moderate to severe pain. Designed as an oral medication, it was intended for absorption over a 12-hour time span. And, the prescription when properly managed is extremely effective and rarely causes clinical addiction. However, abusers soon were chewing the tablets, crushing and snorting the powder, or dissolving it in water for injection and a fast high. Various restrictions and tighter controls have been implemented over the past year. As a result, impure counterfeits are being imported and crude concoctions are making an appearance on the street.
Since introduction as a prescription medication oxycodone misuse as a heroin substitute by addicts has gained national attention. Approximately three hundred people, mainly young thrill seekers, have died from excessive dosages and experimentation. Since first identified as a “killer drug for addicts,” numerous television documentaries and news features have been generated concerning oxycodones.
In many law enforcement agencies these pharmaceuticals are also regarded as a “beginning stage” for heroin addiction. Possession without a prescription is illegal and as a consequence theft and violence have surrounded the drug. The Eastern United States has been the major region for abuse with resulting deaths, investigations and arrests.
The oxycodones are now widely used and considered very effective in pain management. As opiods the drug related to morphine and codeine. OxyContin was hailed as a “miracle” for patients in severe pain that were treated with dosages from 10mg to 160mg. When sold on the streets OxyContin and similar tablets range in price from $5 upwards. Unfortunately, current popularity has not been diminished by the sometimes-fatal consequences of improper dosages.
An added abuse of prescription oxycodone is passed on to chronic pain sufferers who have experienced marked relief from the drug. As a consequence of extremely tight controls in some areas physicians have hesitated prescribing it to patients.
Some added facts about OxyContin:
Oxy is a high potency pain reliever in time release tablets that last 12-hours.
Oxycodones are considered “miracle” pain relief drugs when properly managed for cancer and chronic pain patients.
Crushing and snorting “Oxies” bypass the time release factor and will unleash deadly consequences much like “high grade” heroin.
When combined with other drugs or alcohol the combinations with OxyContin can be fatal. The abuser goes to sleep and respiration stops completely.
Dosage limits on Oxy vary with individuals, however, even half of one tablet, combined with another substance, can kill.
Withdrawal symptoms for oxycodones are usually worse than with heroin. Treatment specialists suggest Professional detox.
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