Oxycontin is Oxycodone in its time-releasing form. Oxycontin is the time-release form and brand of the Oxycodone variety of drugs. Oxycodone is a potent analgesic opioid pain reliever originally developed to ease chronic pain of terminal cancer patients. This prescription drug is an opiate-based semi-synthetic drug similar to hydrocodone but more powerful in its pain-relieving properties and consequently more addictive. Oxycontin pills are time-released which sustains a determined level of Oxycodone in the human body, capable of managing pain for up to 48 hours. Moreover, Oxycodone has been used for decades for the relief of moderate to severe pain, such as post surgical pain,broken bones, arthritis, migraines and back pain for millions of people. Some brands of Oxycodone like Percocet and Percodan use 5 to 10 milligrams of the drug whereas Oxycontincontains 10,20, 40, 80 and even 160milligrams of Oxycodone.
Addiction to Oxycontin is considered to be one of the top five drug abuse and drug addiction problems in the US. And it is easy to get on the street. Pills range from $5 to $20 depending on the milligram dosage. It is also relatively easy to obtain Oxycontin in clinics. For a brief visit and the appropriate description of a physical ailment, patients can leave the clinic with a prescription for Oxycontin. Well-meaning physicians are not trained to recognize drug-seeking behavior. The most common way of using Oxycontin is by crushing the time-released tablets and snorting the powder, or mixing it with water and injecting it. Thus, the total milligrams of the tablet can be accessed immediately into the blood stream resulting in a “rush" similar to morphine or heroin. The quick and intense "rush" has made Oxycontin a very popular street drug. It doesn't take long to become fully addicted to Oxycontin and withdrawals from the drug are physically and emotionally more painful and difficult than withdrawals from heroin.
Several deaths nationwide have resulted from Oxycontin abuse through an overdose or in combination with other drugs such as sleeping pills, anxiety medication, marijuana, and alcohol. When used in combination this way, the effects of the drugs are intensified can lead to death.
Oxycontin can, indeed, be a miracle drug when properly prescribed for severe pain like that experienced by cancer patients. The problem is that Oxycontin is too often improperly prescribed, prescriptions are forged or, because it is cheaper than heroin it can be readily obtained on the street. The most desirable Oxycontin pills are the highest dosages and these are the most dangerous. Not only is dependency to Oxycontin developed quickly but the high dosages snorted or injected can kill.
Regular usage of opiate pain killing prescription medication can easily cause addiction just as hard-core drugs like heroin, opium and cocaine. Oxycontin addiction can be more difficult to cure and would require intensive Oxycontin treatment. Just because drugs are legally prescribed does not make them any less dangerous or harmful.
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