OxyContin is a relatively new drug, but it is already causing very serious concerns. Like Vicodin addiction or other forms of prescription drug addiction, OxyContin addiction occurs when patients take high doses of this prescription drug for an extended period of time. Although these prescription drugs are intended for medicinal use only, OxyContin addiction, like Vicodin addiction, is an unfortunate occurrence.
One of several opiates available by prescription, OxyContin is a powerful painkiller available in time-release tablets whose effects last for twelve hours. When used as prescribed, OxyContin manages pain for cancer patients and chronic pain sufferers. However, OxyContin addiction has created an entirely new set of problems.
First introduced to the public in 1996, OxyContin is a white, odorless, crystalline powder derived from the opium alkaloid. A very strong narcotic, OxyContin is similar in effect to morphine. OxyContin addiction under a qualified physician’s care is rare. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, however, many physicians limit prescribing OxyContin because they believe patients may become addicted to the drug.
Because OxyContin is a time-released drug, taking one or more pills should not produce an effect attractive to drug addicts. When taken correctly, OxyContin does not produce euphoria. When the drug is released all at once, however, broken, crushed or chewed (as is the case with those experiencing OxyContin addiction), OxyContin produces a pleasant, euphoric feeling. OxyContin addiction can also cause overdose and death.
VOTC, Inc. is NOT a detoxification facility. However, once an individual receives detoxification services and is on MAT (Medically-Assisted Treatment), they can be admitted into one of our Residential SUD Treatment Programs.
If you are struggling with an opiate use disorder, here are our recommendations:
1.) Empire Recovery
2.) Mercy Hospital Bridge Program