OxyContin is the generic name of Oxycodone which was made to be a narcotic opiod pain reliever. OxyContin is made to give pain-relief for an extended period of time because of the coating that it has on it. OxyContin abusers will crush and snort pills, swallow or smoke them. Abusers will also dilute the pills in water and inject them. By crushing or diluting the pills the timed-release action of the medication is canceled out; crushing OxyContin this way can give users a potentially lethal amount. The NIDA reports that 16 million Americans ages 12 and up have used some form of prescription medication and at least five percent of all drug addicts have used Oxycontin before moving on to pursue more toxic drugs.
OxyContin is highly addictive and has severe withdrawal symptoms. Patients who are prescribed OxyContin for chronic pain are advised how physically addictive OxyContin can be and to never stop taking OxyContin without proper medical attention. Those who abuse OxyContin build a tolerance very quickly and require larger amounts of it to receive the same effects. Some effects of OxyContin use may be dizziness, vomiting, loss of appetite, difficulty breathing, headaches, confusion, altered perception of reality, feelings of rage and bursts of anger.
Some withdrawal symptoms of OxyContin include fatigue, constant yawning, being hot and cold, heart palpitations, muscle aches, nausea and vomiting, diarrhea, insomnia, watery eyes and depression. OxyContin withdrawal can start up to 6yrs from the time the last time OxyContin was used and last for about one week. OxyContin withdrawal is comparable to Heroin withdrawals and said to feel worse than the worst flu. Those abusing OxyContin can easily overdose by taking too much. Some signs someone has taken too much or are possibly overdosing are slow breathing (repertory depression), dizziness, weakness, unconsciousness, seizures, change in mental state and or vision and coma.