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What you need to know.

What is Oxycontin?

OxyContin, aka oxycodone hydrochloride, is a painkiller available in the U.S. only by prescription. OxyContin is legitimately prescribed for relief of moderate to severe pain resulting from injuries, bursitis, neuralgia, arthritis, and cancer. Individuals abuse OxyContin for the euphoric effect it produces—an effect similar to that associated with heroin use.

Street Names
Hillbilly Heroin, Kicker, OC, Ox, Roxy, Perc, Oxy

What does it look like?

Oxycodone is marketed alone as OxyContin® in 10, 20, 40 and 80 mg extended-release tablets
and other immediate-release capsules like 5 mg OxyIR®. It is also marketed in combination products with aspirin such as Percodan® or acetaminophen such as Roxicet®.

How is Oxycontin abused?

  • Pills and tablets chewed or swallowed
  • Inhaling vapors by heating tablet on foil
  • Crushed and sniffed or dissolved in water and injected

Who abuses Oxycontin?

Nearly 1 million Americans have used OxyContin nonmedically at least once in their lifetime, according to the National Household Survey on Drug Abuse. OxyContin abuse is especially bad among high school students. Four percent of high school seniors in the U.S. abused Oxycontin at least once in the past year, according to the University of Michigan’s Monitoring the Future Survey.

How does Oxycontin affect the body?

  • Feelings of relaxation, euphoria, pain relief
  • Addictive
  • Chronic use of oxycodone with acetaminophen may cause severe liver damage
  • Overdose may lead to coma and possible death

What are the risks of Oxycontin abuse?

Withdrawal symptoms associated with OxyContin dependency or addiction include restlessness, muscle and bone pain, insomnia, diarrhea, vomiting, cold flashes, and involuntary leg movements. Individuals who overdose on OxyContin are at risk of severe respiratory depression that can lead to death. Inexperienced and new users are at particular risk, because they may be unaware of what constitutes a large dose and have not developed a tolerance for the drug. In addition, OxyContin abusers who inject the drug expose themselves to additional risks, including contracting HIV (human immunodeficiency virus), hepatitis B and C, and other bloodborne viruses.

What are Oxycontin overdose effects?

  • Extreme drowsiness
  • Muscle weakness
  • Confusion
  • Cold and clammy skin
  • Pinpoint pupils
  • Shallow breathing
  • Slow heart rate
  • Fainting
  • Coma
  • Possible death

Getting Help for Oxycontin Addiction

Anyone abusing oxycodone is advised not to try to detox on their own. It’s too dangerous.
The best place to get help with the detox process is to check into a reputable rehab or
dedicated detox facility like the one we offer at Profound.

Upon entering treatment, the client will go through an admission interview to gather information
about the client’s addiction and personal circumstances. If oxycodone addiction is noted, the client
will most likely be assigned to a medically monitored detox program.

While in a medically monitored detox program, the client will begin the detox process under
the watchful eye of the facility’s medical staff. The staff’s objective is to keep the client safe and comfortable while their body goes through withdrawal. The preference is to let the client detox
as naturally as possible, hopefully avoiding medical intervention. Unfortunately,
things don’t always go that way.

Should the client start to show any signs of pain or distress, the medical staff will be standing by
to issue relief medications. If all goes as planned, the client should be able to safely clear their withdrawal symptoms and residual cravings in less than a week.

After detox, admission to a residential treatment or intensive outpatient treatment program is often advisable. Clients at Profound will work with an experienced addiction therapist to help them understand why they self-medicate and to learn new coping skills to help avoid relapses in the future.

Getting Help for Oxycontin Addiction

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  • Hydrocodone
  • Tramadol
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