The Newest Drug of Choice: OxyContin® - Oxycodone Abuse
Oxycodone, also sold under the trade names Tylox®, Percodan®, and OxyContin,® has similar effects to morphine and heroin, and appeals to the same drug abuse community. "Oxy abuse" is one of the greatest growing concerns to U.S. public health and law enforcement authorities.
There are various ways to abuse OxyContin:
- Chew the tablets
- Crush the tablets and snort the powder
- Dissolve crushed tablets in water and inject the solution
Over-use of such opioid
pain-killers can result in rising tolerance to the drugs, so that higher doses must be taken to get the same effects. Long-term use also can lead to physical dependence, meaning the body adapts to the presence of the drug and withdrawal symptoms occur if use is abruptly stopped, or reduced.
According to the USDA, taking OxyContin and alcohol together can have major long-term negative physical and mental health effects.
Overdose of oxycodone can produce severe respiratory depression, skeletal muscle flaccidity (slack, loosness, floppyness), cold, clammy skin, reduced blood pressure and heart rate, and in extreme cases, coma, and even respiratory arrest (death).
Find an OxyContin Treatment Center now »Effects of Oxycodone Abuse
The side effects of Oxycodone abuse are similar to those of Percocet:
- Bluish skin
- Eyes or skin with yellow tone
- Cold and clammy skin
- Decreased or irregular breathing
- Extreme sleepiness
- Heart attack
- Low blood pressure
- Muscle weakness
- Slow heartbeat
- Vague bodily discomfort
Addiction to OxyContin, Oxycodon and other such opioid pain-killers can affect you and those near you in ways that are extremely harmful to your physical and mental health,. You may lose your ability to hold a job, maintain close relationships with family and friends, and stay out of legal trouble . It is not always possible to quit Oxycodon without counseling in an OxyContin rehab center or drug addiction treatment program.
If you or someone near you is abusing OxyContin or Oxycodone call 866-323-5612 to get help now.
Find an OxyContin Treatment Center now »