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Taking Oxycontin, when Prescribed, and Purchased Illegally

The Abuse of Oxycontin

Some prescription drugs are abused, just as street drugs. Making it difficult for doctors to differentiate who may really need them. One such drug is Oxycontin; this drug has become quite popular among addicts who enjoy opiates, such as heroin. Although there is a difference in the composition of the two , both are considered painkillers, with the only difference being that oxycontin is legally prescribed; this however does not stop some individuals from illegally selling the drug on the street. Patients who experience intense pain, usually for prolonged periods are prescribed pain meds such as this on a regular bais.

When this occurs, the patient may get addicted, as oxycontin is an addictive "narcotic", which happend to be legal.

Today's Opiate

When used as prescribed, Oxycontin should not be cause for concern, but for opiate users looking to score the drug on the streets- help should be sought immediately. Just as patients have found themselves becoming addicted, the addicts on the street become addicted to the drug as well, leading to criminal behavior in order to ward off withdrawals. If anyone experiences withdrawal symptoms from oxycontin, they should see their doctor as soon as possible. Some people who have been prescribe oxycontin turn to heroin use simply because they say withdrawals were unbearable, and heroin was a cheaper choice. This however, is not the recommended way which one should deal with their withdrawals. There are treatment facilities which can provide drug free help, by providing the correct balance of classes, seminars and meetings to get one back on their feet. Holistic treatment works, as it does not treat drug addiction with drugs. Making the mind and body whole again is the most efficient way to heal from the grip of drug use.

Why Oxycontin is Prescribed

Oxycontin can be used by individuals who are not allergic to codeine or opiates, and who do not have respiratory issues. This is because the drug slows down the central nervous system, and can cause a total lapse in breathing; using the drug during an asthma attack is definitely out of the question, as it already hinders one's breathing. It is always important to tell one's doctor about any underlying conditions, before being prescribed such a potent drug as Oxycontin. Some of the conditions which should be mentioned are:

  • breathing or respiratory conditions
  • digestive problems
  • thyroid problems
  • spine curvature
  • injury to the head
  • seizure conditions such as epilepsy
  • gallbladder problems
  • liver and kidney issues
  • prostate and urination problems
  • mental health problems
  • disease of the adrenal gland
  • substance abuse- including alcohol

Women who are pregnant should not be taking this drug either. Therefore if you or your loved one is addicted to oxycontin, make sure you are not pregnant, as it could cause a forced abortion- or miscarriage.

Never Manipulate Your Pills

When Oxycontin is prescribed, it should be used as directed- and not shared, or sold to anyone. Patients should swallow the pill whole, without crushing, or otherwise altering the pill in any way. This will prevent the medicine from being given in too large of a dose, instead going into the system as it was meant to do.

Never Snort Oxycontin

When Oxycontin is used illegally, well it should not be- but if so, it should never be crushed and snorted. Not every drug is meant to go through one's nose, and could very well do great damage. Snorting drugs of any kind is undesirable, however, snorting ones which are not meant to be snorted can lead to health problems; snorting sends the drug into the system much quicker, and can cause overdose in some patients.

Storage

Oxycontin should be correctly stored- at room temperature, no higher. It should also be kept in a safe place away from kids and known addicts. If you are an addict, being prescribed oxycontin may not be the best idea. Always ask your physician for an alternative, even if you must explain why. The last thing you want to do is mix narcotics together- it could be lethal.

Don't Even Try It

While Oxycontin may be "trending" right now in many areas of the world, it should never end up in your medicine cabinet unless truly needed. This drug is one which should not be played with in any way- because as with most narcotics, abusing Oxycontin can lead to the ultimate punishment- death. Dealing with Oxycontin and any other narcotic should be taken seriously. There is no reason to ever risk your life for any drug, whether prescribed, or purchased on the street.

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