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Causes of OxyContin Abuse

Pat Moore Foundation has been specializing in addiction treatment programs, and has been a recovery community since 1985. We strive to provide the best in drug treatment and prevention at our co-ed campus here in Orange County, California. Many people who contact us are addicted and/or abusing OxyContin, so we offer them the opportunity to view our information guide on OxyContin and other opiate treatments like a Suboxone detox and treatment. 

Causes of OxyContin Abuse

OxyContin (oxycodone) is a prescription opiate analgesic. It is used to treat moderate to severe pain in terminally ill cancer patients and other sufferers of chronic pain. Additionally, it is used in the short-term for post-operative pain. Oxycodone is also found in other drugs like Percocet and Percodan. When patients follow their doctor’s directions, OxyContin is both safe and effective, and it produces relatively few side effects in comparison to other prescription pain relievers.

Most people who start taking OxyContin do so to manage some kind of physical pain. When used for too long or in too high of a dosage, OxyContin has a high potential for being habit-forming. Many who use the drug for more than a few weeks develop a tolerance to it and need increasingly more to get the same effect. Tolerance can lead to physical addiction, which can lead to OxyContin abuse.

DEA statistics reveal that abuse of OxyContin has risen more than any other prescription drug with use jumping six-fold between 1997 and 2005. Its ready availability makes it more accessible than many illicit drugs. OxyContin effects are similar to heroin, however. OxyContin pills have a time-release covering that gradually releases the medication in to the bloodstream over time (usually 12 hours). That coating can be disabled by crushing the pill. This allows individuals to obtain an immediate high after snorting, ingesting or injecting the medication.

Many abuse OxyContin oxycodone believing it to be safer than illicit drugs like heroin. They are of the opinion that because it’s a prescription medication, it is not as dangerous. This could not be more wrong. A large dose of OxyContin can cause respiratory depression and death. Overdoses of OxyContin are far from rare.


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