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Oxycontin Addiction Rehab

More and more people have been searching the web for drug rehab centers to help kick their OxyContin addiction. Here at OxyContinOnline.net you can find information on what has quickly become one of the most common forms of abuse and addiction in the past few years. Although Oxycontin has only been on the market for a little over ten years, it has already ruined countless lives and hundreds of users have died. Most everyone has a story to tell either personally, or about someone they know. More and more people succumb to the numbing effects and Oxycontin abuse overtakes their lives.

Oxycontin is the trade name for the drug oxycodone hydrochloride. Oxycontin is basically a 12-hour time release formulation of oxycodone. It belongs to the group of painkillers known as opioids which are derived from the opium poppy. Other well known opioids are codeine, heroin and morphine. All opioids block the pain receptors in the brain. Oxycodone is also the active ingredient in other popular pain relievers, Percodan and Percocet. Oxycontin was approved by the FDA in 1995 intended for use for terminal cancer patients and chronic pain sufferers who are afflicted with conditions such as back pain, bursitis, arthritis, or for pain management resulting from injury including fractures.

Oxycodone has been around several decades and was used for post surgical pain, broken bones, migraines, back pain, etc. But while Percocet and Percodan only have about five milligrams of oxycodone, Oxycontin comes in doses of 10, 20, 40, 80 and 160 milligrams.

The manufacturer of Oxycontin is Purdue Pharma. Top company executives have been found guilty of intentionally misleading the public about abuse risks of Oxycontin and settled in court after admitting in a federal lawsuit to making false and misleading statements that OxyContin was not as addictive or as likely to be abused as other pain medications.

 

How Oxycontin Works

Unlike aspirin or acetaminophen, oxycodone does not have a threshold to its effectiveness. The more one takes, the more relief it provides. Or, unfortunately, once hooked, the more one takes, the more one attempts to get a better high.

Oxycodone enters the body and works by stimulating certain opioid receptors which are located within the central nervous system, along the spinal cord and in the brain. Once the oxycodone meshes with the opioid receptors, the user experiences pain relief along with other physiological responses such as slowed breathing and euphoria. As you can well imagine by now, Oxycontin can be dangerously addictive.

Both opioids, Oxycontin and heroin have very similar effects making it attractive to drug abusers and is sometimes referred to as the "poor man's heroin" despite its high price on the streets.

Surprisingly enough, users can buy Oxycontin online as well as through normal channels. Available in 10 milligrams (mg), 20 mg, 40 mg, 80 mg and 160 mg tablets in different colors and sizes according to dosage for oral administration. Each pill is imprinted with "OC" on one side and number designation of its dosage on the opposite side. The drug is designed to slowly release over time so the prescribed dose is twice a day. One should never break, crush or chew oxycotin as this will result in the tablet
being released all at once which could result in an overdose, potentially fatal. Oxycontin abusers go so far as to crush the tablets and snort the drug or even crush tablets, dissolve in water, and then inject it like heroin.

While Oxycontin is prescribed to alleviate severe pain, it also artificially stimulates the reward center or "pleasure" areas of the brain without anything beneficially happens to the body. This leads to increased confidence in Oxycontin and less confidence in the normal rewards of life. Soon there is less and less interest in other aspects of life where normal pleasure is derived, such as personal relationships, places and activities. Eventually the user will start to resent anything which does not fit into their drug abusing lifestyle.


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Street Names

Street Names for OxyContin:
Hillbilly heroin
Oxy
Oxycotton
OCs
Ox
Blue
Kicker
40 (a 40 mg tablet)
80 (a 80 mg tablet)
Doctor Shopping - The practice of going doctor to doctor in order to obtain pharmeceuticals.
Pharming - consuming a mixture of prescription drugs
Pill Ladies - Female seniors who sell OxyContin

Definitions

Agonist: A chemical substance, especially a drug, that can combine with a receptor on a cell to produce a physiologic response.

Alkaloid
: Any of a large class of naturally occurring, complex organic compounds that contain nitrogen and have physiological effects on animals, including humans. Most alkaloids occur in plants, although some are produced by fungi and animals. Alkaloids are bases and usually form colorless crystalline solids with a bitter taste. They have a wide range of effects and are used as medicines and poisons. Morphine, quinine, strychnine, codeine, caffeine, cocaine, and nicotine are all alkaloids.

DEA: Drug Enforcement Agency

FDA: Federal Drug Administration

Narcotic: any of a class of substances that blunt the senses, as opium, morphine and alcohol, that in large quantities produce euphoria, stupor, or coma, that when used constantly can cause habituation or addiction, and that are used in medicine to relieve pain, cause sedation, and induce sleep.

Opiates: Any of various sedative narcotics containing opium or one or more of its natural or synthetic derivatives.

Oxycodone
: A narcotic alkaloid related to codeine, used as an analgesic and a sedative chiefly in the form of its hydrochloride salt.

Oxycontin: a time-release morphine-like narcotic| intended to relieve chronic pain of moderate to severe proportions. One pill of OxyContin is designed to last 12 hours.

Receptor: A specialized cell or group of nerve endings that responds to sensory stimuli.

Schedule II: (A) The drug or other substance has a high potential for abuse. (B) The drug or other substance has a currently accepted medical use in treatment in the United States or a currently accepted medical use with severe restrictions. (C) Abuse of the drug or other substances may lead to severe psychological or physical dependence.  

 


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