When the central nervous system of a person experiences pain due to ailments like arthritis, fractures, or even during labor, doctors prescribe certain prescription drugs to help minimize the pain. In many cases where people suffering from serious diseases like cancer experience unbearable pain, prescription drugs are prescribed.

These prescription drugs are narcotic in nature: for example, drugs like Vicodin, Morphine, etc. Similarly, Oxycodone which is a Schedule II drug is prescribed in cases where patients suffer from severe pain disorders. Oxycodone depresses the central nervous system, which helps decrease pain.

This prescription drug is actually used as a powerful pain killer and is highly addictive in nature.  Oxy can alter moods in people who use this drug, and because of this, Oxycodone has been used by many who have become addicted.

Since Oxycodone is a prescribed drug, possessing it by illegal means is a criminal offense that leads to prosecution. However, with in the last ten years, its popularity among drug addicts has increased significantly and so has its illegal use and subsequent abuse.

Apart from pain, Oxycodone also acts as a cough suppressant and helps arrest anxiety. It leads to euphoria and assists in mental relaxation. People who have taken this drug for these purposes have reported suffering from constipation. Oxycodone is highly potent and those addicted suffer with grave side effects.

Oxycodone Side Effects

There are several side effects associated with Oxycodone usage in its prescribed form. Many patients have reported side effects like sweating profusely, nausea and headache, dry mouth, etc. Some have even experienced other symptoms that are severe in nature like labored breathing, coma, feeling dizzy, and even seizures.

Oxycodone is available under different brand names like Oxycontin which is the most common name, Percocet, Tylox, and Percodan. Today, it is being blatantly abused by many because of its highly addictive properties. Repeated intake of Oxycodone leads to Oxycodone tolerances.  In such cases, people who are addicted to this drug require higher doses. Drug addicts who take this drug more commonly refer to it as ‘Oxy’ and sometimes as ‘hillbilly heroin’. These are the popular names of Oxycodone in alleys frequented by addicts.

Oxycodone Slang Terms:

  • oxies
  • OCs
  • OxyContin
  • cotton
  • hillbilly heroin
  • killers
  • painkillers

Oxycodone Abuse

With in the last ten years there has been a dramatic increase in Oxycodone addiction. Statistics state that within the U.S. its usage has increased up to 300%. Equally alarming is the number of Oxycodone addicts seeking emergency treatment which has shot up to 500%.

It has been observed that Oxycodone has been abused by people who have been actually prescribed with it. Normally they start with the prescribed dosage, but since this drug is highly addictive its usage goes out of control. Gradually, they become tolerant to the prescribed dosage and fail to get the same effects, and because of this they start taking higher doses. Taking higher doses not only gives pain relief but also enhances the feeling of euphoria and also helps prevent the withdrawal symptoms that they have been experiencing.

Using Oxycodone in a way that is different from its prescribed form leads to addiction. Once this drug is abused, it leads to dependence and the person continues to abuse the drug despite knowing that the consequences would be fatal or irreversible. If at this stage Oxycodone usage is stopped, the body experiences severe withdrawal symptoms like anxiety, diarrhea, nausea, restlessness, and cramping of the muscles in the legs.

Oxycodone abusers take the drug in the pill form or snort it after crushing the pill. Some abusers even melt this drug in water and then inject themselves. Oxycodone in its pill form acts as a slow time-released pain reliever. However, when higher doses are taken through snorting or injections, an equally large amount enters the system instantly providing an intense high. This also puts the abuser at a risk of an Oxycodone overdose.

Addicts find this drug attractive as well as convenient, since it can be taken in oral form also. Being a time-released drug, it is considered to be safer than other drugs. Once people become addicts they can go to any length to have it. Some even produce phony prescriptions while there are others who wouldn’t even hesitate to steal from medicine stores even at the risk of getting caught.

People from all age groups are afflicted with this addiction. Until a few years back, it was those white-collared professionals who were popping pills, but today Oxycodone addiction has touched people irregardless of age, gender, or profession. However, to our surprise it is mostly women in the age group of 14 to 40 years old, who are addicted to Oxycodone.

Oxycodone addiction leads to severe side effects and it is very difficult to recover from an Oxy problem alone.  This is because an Oxycodone addict becomes both mentally and physically addicted. As this prescription drug acts as a central nervous system depressant, Oxycodone stimulates the brain and the person experiences intense pleasure. It starts with an intense high and then goes on to provide relaxation and satisfaction, which lasts for many hours. This affects the respiratory system and leads to labored breathing, forcing the person to slow down. This can turn out to be fatal.

Oxycodone Treatment

Treatment for Oxycodone addiction usually focuses on opiate withdrawal symptoms and then psychological symptoms. The importance of treatment is understandable for a person who is an Oxycodone addict. However, it is his or her realization of the fact that he or she needs to get help which is more important. Every type of addiction carries with it the risk of death or an irreversible disease, and Oxycodone addiction is no exception.

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