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Oxycodone Addiction

Oxycodone is a synthetic analgesic drug which is similar to morphine and has a very high abuse potential

Oxycodone, which is known by the brand name Oxycontine in the US, is mainly prescribed short-term to treat patients suffering with acute pain such as back problems and to those experiencing extreme chronic pain due to diseases such as cancer


Oxycodone addiction is a physical dependence that is  very often unavoidable when an person is exposed to high doses of the drug for a extended period of time. The body then adapts and develops a tolerance for Oxycodone making it almost impossible to stop taking them without some from of Oxycodone rehabilitation treatment .


The addiction is so powerful that it produces cravings. These cravings for Oxycodone are the result of its impact on the individual's memory with feelings of pleasantness and euphoria which the person has come to associate with the taking of OxyContin. The subconscious memory then motivates the individual to seek this drug because of its false imprint of OxyContin.


The active ingredient is a 12-hour, time-released form of Oxycodone, a synthetic form of morphine that is found in common painkillers like Percodan and Percocet. Jim Heins, a spokesperson for Oxycodone maker Purdue Pharma, said Oxycodone has larger amounts of Oxycodone than Percodan or Percocet, in some cases more than 10 times as much.


Oxycodone is designed to be swallowed whole; however, those who have an addiction to Oxycodone ingest the drug in a variety of ways. Oxycodone abusers often chew the tablets or crush the tablets and snort the powder. Because Oxycodone is water soluble, crushed tablets can be dissolved in water and the solution injected. The latter two methods lead to the rapid release and absorption of OxyContin.


OxyContin, like other addictive prescription drugs is able to short-circuit your survival system. It artificially stimulates the reward centre, or pleasure areas in your brain, without anything beneficial happening to your body. As this happens, it leads to increased confidence in OxyContin, and less confidence in the normal rewards of life.


In addition to the psychological addiction of Oxycodone there is also a physical addiction.

Overtime the individual no longer experiences the same feeling of euphoria they once did but still continue to use because the pain that they suffer is far to great with out it.


After your have taken your last dose of OxyContin, as a rule of thumb most people can expect to start experiencing withdrawal symptoms about 6-10 hours later or  as the last dose of Oxycodone is starting to wear. Keep in mind that the longer you have been physically dependent on OxyContin,as in most drug addiction,including alcohol , the length of time you have been taking Oxycodone and the amount you are taking will will generally determine the length and severity of the withdrawal period.


Usually, withdrawal from Oxycodone symptoms feel as if you are suffering from a heavy dose of the flue. Bellow is list of typical of symptoms you will most like experience during Oxycodone withdrawal but please bear in mind that everyone is different and no two Oxycodone addicts  are identical:



Once the individual is addicted their interests in other aspects of life such as sport,hobbies and interests  decrease, and depreciate even more as their reliance on Oxycodone strengthens. People, places and activities or lifestyles that  a person once found pleasant and fun to do , before using Oxycodone become less important. Overtime individuals heavily addicted to Oxycodone will begin to resent people, places, and activities that do not fit with their drug abusing lifestyle.

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Due to it’s pharmaceutical effects, Oxycodone has been found to be substitute for heroin addicts and is, therefore, an attractive drug for the heroin abuser population.


Some  Oxycodone addicts  temporarily  turn to heroin as an attractive substitute if they are unable to find an immediate  supply of  OxyContin, some heroin addicts started their addictions for heroin from OxyContin.  


Person with an addiction to Oxycodone obtain the drug in a variety of ways including pharmacy diversion, over the Internet, illegal street dealers and improper prescribing practices by physicians.


Pharmacy diversion occurs when the pharmacy staff takes the Oxycodone directly from the shelves, or when people make fraudulent prescriptions.


The most widely used diversion technique of those with an addiction to Oxycodone

at the street level is is purchased from clandestine drug dealers or over the Internet.


 Some people get regular subscriptions of Oxycodone by exaggerating a medical condition from their GP and sells it for a substantial profit.


Oxycodone addiction has led to an increased number of pharmacy robberies and thefts.