Oxycodone is an opiate used as a pain relieving drug for moderate to severe pain. Oxycodone comes in form often with acetaminophen and in controlled released and immediate release (IR) formations.
Some popular formulations of Oxycodone including:
- Roxicet or “Roxies” and “Blues”
- OxyContin (OC’s)
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Oxycodone is a powerful semi-synthetic opioid used to treat pain. Oxycodone is manufactured from opium or other derivatives at impacts the brain much like Heroin or Morphine. Oxycodone produces powerful euphoria and is considered highly addictive. Addicts that abuse opiates such as Oxycodone are up to 40 times more likely to use Heroin.
Oxycodone abuse signs and symptoms will vary depending on the way the drug is used. Some routes used for abuse include snorting, crushing and injecting.
Signs of Oxycodone Abuse Include:
- Constricted Pupils
- Heavy Sedation
- Respiratory arrest
- Slow Breathing
- Heavy Relaxation
- Nausea or Vomiting
In many cases, Oxycodone abuse will include periods of not feeling well as often the person will run out early. When physical withdrawals from Oxycodone occurs pupils may appear enlarged. It is common for people addicted to Oxycodone to not want to get out of bed or have strong flu-like symptoms with intense cravings.
Addiction to opiates will cause many changes in behavior this often includes.
- Early refills on prescriptions
- Repeated loss of medications
- Purchasing pills on the street or from the internet
- Changes to performance at work
- Loss of interest in Family life and other personal obligations
- Unusual cash withdrawals in large amounts
- Obtaining more medication by forging or making false claims to medical professionals
- Legal consequences
As opiates are a powerful drug and cause withdrawal symptoms along with intense craving often times this will need to be addressed with professional treatment options. In some cases, this may include a medically assisted treatment using Zubsolv or Suboxone.
Residential programs offer inpatient options to allow for time for the addict to return to normal life. Relapse is very common with opiate and opioid addiction and often can have fatal consequences as many time the addict returns to using the same dosage they have used in the past.
The American Society of Addiction Medicine report the following figures.
- In 2012, 259 million prescriptions were written for opioids, which is more than enough to
give every American adult their own bottle of pills.7
- Four in five new heroin users started out misusing prescription painkillers.
- 94% of respondents in a 2014 survey of people in treatment for opioid addiction said they
chose to use heroin because prescription opioids were “far more expensive and harder to
- Prescription pain reliever overdose deaths among women increased more than 400%
from 1999 to 2010, compared to 237% among men
- Heroin overdose deaths among women have tripled in the last few years. From 2010
through 2013, female heroin overdoses increased from 0.4 to 1.2 per 100,000