Facts on Oxycontin Addiction

Here are some statistics from the U.S. Department of Health and Family Services concerning OXYCONTIN abuse and addiction:

  • In 2006, an estimated 20.4 million Americans aged 12 or older were current (past month) illicit OXYCONTIN users, meaning they had used an illicit OXYCONTIN during the month prior to the survey interview. This estimate represents 8.3 percent of the population aged 12 years old or older. Illicit drugs include OXYCONTIN/hashish, OXYCONTIN (including OXYCONTIN), heroin, hallucinogens, inhalants, or prescription-type psychotherapeutics used non-medically. Read more »
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The effect of Oxycontin on the USA – Oxycontin addiction facts

OXYCONTIN Express – Documentary

Oxycotin Use in USA 2011

Oxycontin is considered popular among drug addicts because it is so widely available, and its effects are similar to heroin. Read more »

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History – Oxycodone

Oxycodone, the opioid that OxyContin is derived from, was developed in Germany in 1916. It was designed to be a better medication than other opioids, such as heroin, codeine, and even morphine. In the years just before it was created, people were becoming addicted to heroin or experiencing serious side effects from abuse. At that time, no one thought that this new drug would become one of the most widely used and abused prescription drugs of all time

In 1995, a Stamford, Connecticut pharmaceutical company named Purdue Pharma introduced OxyContin. Although the active ingredient in the new pain killer was actually nothing new at all. Oxycodone had been around for over six decades prior to the release of OxyContin. What was new about OxyContin was the way this ingredient was delivered by the drug. Read more »

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How is it Oxycontin used? – Oxycodone

How is it used?

As  pain medication, OxyContin is taken every 12 hours because the tablets contain a controlled, time-release formulation of the medication. Most pain medications must be taken every three to six hours. OxyContin abusers remove the sustained-release coating to get a rapid release of the medication, causing a rush of euphoria similar to heroin.

Medical Uses

OxyContin is used to reduce chronic pain, especially the pain associated with severe injuries, fractures, and cancer.

What does it look like?

 OxyContin is available in tablet form in 8 doses:

10 mg 15 mg 20 mg 30 mg 40 mg 60 mg* 80 mg* 160 mg*

 Oxycotin pills are white, yellow, pink, green, and some others. If they are brand name they are always small and circular. If they are brand name they always say “OC” on one side and say either “10″,”20″,”40″,”80″,”160″ on the other side depending on their strength. But they make plenty of other generic oxycontins that come in a variety of pills.

Percocet on the other hand is oxycodone containing Acetimatephon. They are usually circular and are white, blue or yellow. They’ll say percocet, endocet, or have codes like “Watson 602”. But there are plenty of different oxycodone containing pills, so asking what they look like is a question with hundreds of answers.

ROXICODONE 5 MG TABLET
This medicine is a white, round, scored tablet imprinted with “54 582

ROXICODONE 5 MG TABLET This medicine is a white, round, scored tablet imprinted with “54 582″

OXYCODONE 5 MG TABLET
This medicine is a white, round, scored tablet imprinted with “A 5″

OXYCODONE 5 MG TABLET This medicine is a white, round, scored tablet imprinted with “A 5″

OXYCODONE HCL 15 MG TABLET
This medicine is a green, round, scored tablet imprinted with “A 214″.

OXYCODONE HCL 15 MG TABLET This medicine is a green, round, scored tablet imprinted with “A 214″.

OXYCODONE HCL 20 MG TABLET
This medicine is a gray, round, scored tablet imprinted with “K 57″.

OXYCODONE HCL 20 MG TABLET This medicine is a gray, round, scored tablet imprinted with “K 57″.

ROXICODONE 30 MG TABLET
This medicine is a light blue, round, scored tablet imprinted with “54 199″.

ROXICODONE 30 MG TABLET This medicine is a light blue, round, scored tablet imprinted with “54 199″.

OXYCODONE HCL 30 MG TABLET
This medicine is a blue, round, scored tablet imprinted with “A 215″.

OXYCODONE HCL 30 MG TABLET This medicine is a blue, round, scored tablet imprinted with “A 215″.
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What is Oxcontin? – Oxycodone

OxyContin is a trade name for the drug oxycodone hydrochloride. Manufactured by Purdue Pharma L.P., OxyContin is a controlled-release form of oxycodone prescribed to treat chronic pain. When used properly, OxyContin can provide pain relief for up to 12 hours.

Recently, there has been a lot of media focus on this prescription drug due to increasing reports of its abuse. According to an Office of National Drug Control Policy (ONDCP) fact sheet, an estimated 1.6 million Americans used prescription-type pain relievers for non-medical reasons for the first time in 1998. Furthermore, ONDCP reports that the number of oxycodone emergency cases increased nearly 36 percent in a single year, from 3,369 in January to June 1999 to 5,261 in January to June 2000.

Oxycodone is an agonist opioid. Opioid agonists are some of the most effective pain relievers available. Unlike other analgesics, opioid agonists have an increasing analgesic effect with increased doses. Meaning that the more you take, the better you feel. Other analgesics, like aspirin or acetaminophen, have a threshold to their effectiveness. You can see why, particularly for people who suffer chronic pain, a medication like OxyContin can be so beneficial: It can potentially provide up to four times the relief of a non-opioid analgesic, so even the most severe degree of pain can be managed.

Once oxycodone enters the body, it works by stimulating certain opioid receptors that are located throughout the central nervous system, in the brain and along the spinal cord. When the oxycodone binds to the opioid receptors, a variety of physiologic responses can occur, ranging from pain relief to slowed breathing to euphoria.

When abused, OxyContin, like other opiates and opioids, can be dangerously addictive. Rather than ingesting the pill as indicated, people who abuse OxyContin use other methods of administering the drug. To avoid the controlled-release mechanism, they either chew, snort or inject the medication to get an instant and intense “high.” Frequent and repeated use of the drug can cause the user to develop a tolerance to its effects, so larger doses are required to elicit the desired sensation and the abuser gets increasingly addicted to the drug.

Oxycodone-based products have been used illicitly for the past 30 years. Like other opioids, oxycodone can behighly addictive when used in non-medical circumstances. In the U.S., the drug carries an FDA “Black Box Warning”—the most severe warning to medical personnel and consumers that the drug has an “abuse liability similar to morphine.”  Labelling of the product in Canada lists similar contraindications and safety precautions.

Abuse of OxyContin was first reported in mid-2001 when some patients in rural areas of Virginia discovered that they could sell the drug, like other prescription opioids, for profit. Incidents of theft, robbery and prescription fraud made it hard for legitimate patients to obtain OxyContin since many pharmacies refused to carry it. Recent studies have demonstrated that trafficking in prescription drugs is one of the only cases where the product  actually gains in value when sold illegally (as compared with stolen goods such as TVs and camcorders).

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