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Oxycontin Addiction

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									Oxycontin Addiction, Everything You Need To Know About Oxycontin
Oxycontin was first introduced in 1995. It is a Schedule II controlled
drug used in the treatment of severe pain disorders. Oxycontin is a long
acting form of Oxycodone, the medication's active ingredient. Today,
various forms of oxycontin are available.
The drug is a powerful pain killer and widely used in clinical medicine.
Because of its mood altering effects, Oxycontin, like morphine, can be
abused become an addiction. Illegal possession can be subject to criminal
prosecution. Over the past decade, Oxycontin has become a popular drug
and its mood altering effects has led to a significant increase in
illegal usage and addiction.
Besides pain, oxycontin can decrease anxiety, cause euphoria, mental
relaxation, constipation, and suppression of cough. It can also be used
to treat moderate to severe pain associated with trauma, injuries, muscle
pain, dislocations, fractures, arthritis, lower back pain, and pain
associated with cancer. Because of the potency of Oxycontin, the ease of
its addiction, and potentially serious side effects, the drug has to be
monitored by a qualified professional. Treatment should be continuously
assessed and adjusted based upon the patient's own reports of pain and
side effects and the physician's clinical judgment of addiction. Since
the drug is a controlled substance, a prescription is required to obtain
it. Today, it is the most frequently prescribed pain killer in North
America.
Since the introduction of Oxycontin in 1995, there has been a dramatic
increase in abuse and addiction of this narcotic. The drug is easily
abused by simply crushing the tablets and either injecting it, snorting
or swallowing it. The drug can have serious side effects when injected as
it has a prolonged effect that can't always be gauged correctly.
Oxycontin is frequently made more available by "doctor shopping," where
individuals, who do not have a legitimate illness, repeatedly visit many
doctors to acquire large amounts of controlled substances. Other methods
of obtaining oxycontin include robbery, fake/stolen prescriptions, the
internet and improper prescribing practices by physicians and doctors.
Recent reports indicate that the abuse of Oxycontin is relatively high
among teenagers. The increased misuse of the drug has led to a numerous
emergency room admissions and even deaths. Many States have introduced
legislation to decrease the illegal use of Oxycontin. Numerous States
have also introduced prescription monitoring and banned the sale of the
drug over the internet. Despite all the increased efforts by the FDA,
DEA, and state/local authorities, the illegal use and addiction of
Oxycontin is at an all time high. Over the last decade the increased
illicit use of oxycontin has led to the manufacture of "fake" oxycontin
pills all over North America.
Stopping the use of Oxycontin suddenly or "cold turkey" can result in
serious withdrawal symptoms. Withdrawal symptoms may include
restlessness, anxiety, yawning, perspiration, and chills. Other symptoms
also may develop; include irritability, vague pain, weakness, abdominal
cramps, insomnia, nausea, anorexia, vomiting, diarrhea, or increased
blood pressure, respiratory rate, or heart rate.
Like other narcotics, oxycontin can be fatal at high doses or when
combined with other brain depressants such as alcohol.
For more information on alcohol and drug addiction, please visit: Alcohol
and Drug Rehab. For information on intervention, please visit:
Intervention. For testimonials on how rehab worked for them, please
visit: Testimonials.
Patrick McLemore has been a recovering alcoholic and drug addict since
June 6, 2005. Patrick widely known as an expert in the field of
addictions, he has not only studied the topic extensively, but has lived
it. Patrick has worked with the Manor House Recovery Center for over two
years. During that time he has been instrumental in the recovery and
continued sobriety of numerous recovering alcoholic and drug addicts.

								
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