What is OxyContin (Oxycodone)?
When used correctly, OxyContin provides extended relief from pain associated with cancer, back pain or arthritis. However, this drug is often used for purposes unintended by those who prescribe it. OxyContin is a dangerous drug gaining in popularity and availability.
Why is OxyContin Abused?
How is OxyContin Abuse?
- Injecting OxyContin: When Addicts chose to inject OxyContin, usually into a vein in their forearm, they grind up the pill and dissolve it by heating.
- Chewing OxyContin: A less common way addicts abuse the pill is simply popping it into their mouths and chewing.
- Snorting OxyContin: Some addicts like to crush the pills into a fine powder and sniff the drug through their nose.
The Dangers of OxyContin
- Addiction can easily begin. And OxyContin is very expensive.
- Dependence can quickly develop through a chemical changes in the brain urging you to take the drug again and again.
- If you begin to use OxyContin regularly and attempt to stop, withdrawal effects including severe flu-like symptoms, muscle and bone pain and acute nausea often overtake the body. Withdrawals of from OxyContin are similar in form to those of Heroin.
- OxyContin abuse often cause respiratory failure, and can lead to death.
- OxyContin can also cause damage to the brain as it often changes the brain’s chemical structure.