What is Oxycodone?

Oxycodone is a prescription Opioid pain reliever used for moderate to severe pain. A semi-synthetic opiate, Oxycodone is derived from Thebaine, a chemical found in Opium. Oxycodone is most commonly used for post-surgery recovery or broken bones.

Oxycodone is most frequently prescribed in tablet form to be taken orally. However, many looking to abuse the drug will break it up to snort it or dissolve it in a solution to inject it into a vein. This is most frequently done to OxyContin, Oxycodone’s most popular brand name, as it is a way to get around its time-release function and get the effects all at once.

Due to its high purity, Oxycodone and synthetic copycats have become popular on the streets under the names of Oxy, OCs, Oxycet, Oxycotton, Hillbilly Heroin, Killers, Percs, and Roxi.

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Effects of Oxycodone Use

Given its purpose as a pain reliever, Oxycodone provides a rush similar to that of other Opioids, like Heroin. These drugs work by affecting the Opioid receptors on the brain that connect to the feelings of pain and pleasure. People who have experienced this reported a “euphoric” feeling. Because of how addictive this feeling, and Opioids in general, can be, pharmaceutical brands like OxyContin built in time-release functions to prevent abuse.

 

The developers engineered OxyContin to dissolve over a period of 12 hours for long-lasting relief, but people soon discovered that crushing the tablet before ingesting it gave them the relief all at once, with a strength similar to that of Morphine.

Oxycodone Addiction

Many Who Become Addicted To Oxycodone Do So Accidentally After First Receiving A PrescriptionMost cases of Oxycodone addiction are due to innocent mistakes by a person who is experiencing pain and has been on a prescription Oxycodone for a long period of time. Because of this, their bodies have built up a tolerance to its effects. They still have more medication and the pain isn’t getting any better, so they just take an additional dose. Their pain is gone for now, but this is just the beginning. Soon, they’ll need more and more to make the pain subside. When the prescription ends, they realize they have grown dependent on it to function normally. Unable to go back to the doctor for more, they turn to illicit means.

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This is a common story of a person just trying to take care of their pain that eventually leads them to look for illegal, dangerous ways to self-medicate. The shame a person feels in realizing this often pushes them from admitting to their mistake. Sadly, without confronting the issue, they may never receive the help they need. If this has happened to you, do not be afraid to speak out. It happens more often than you might suspect. While it may seem like no one is being hurt from this, you may not realize the damage this addiction is causing to your relationships.

If you suspect a loved one might be abusing their prescription medication, or have noticed they’ve been taking it for a long period of time, look for these signs:

  • Dilated pupils
  • Apathy
  • Drowsiness
  • Short attention span

These could indicate that they’ve turned from using the drug for pain and are now dependent on it.

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Treatment for Oxycodone Addiction

Often, the biggest deterrent to getting clean are the pains that come with symptoms of withdrawal. Oxycodone, being an Opioid, can have withdrawals as severe as any other drug if quit altogether. Unlike illicit drugs, Oxycodone does not need to be quit immediately for detox. Instead, it can be progressively weaned off so that the symptoms of withdrawal won’t hurt as bad, creating a less extreme process that can be much easier for people suffering from addiction to cope with.

Still, this isn’t something that should be tackled on you own. It can be incredibly difficult to have the control to wean yourself off a substance you’re addicted to. If you’re not sure where to go, please reach out to a dedicated treatment specialist who can help you with your next steps to recovery.

Last Edited: April 13, 2018

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