What Is OxyContin?
OxyContin is a controlled-released opiate brand of oxycodone. It functions by changing how the brain and the central nervous system feel pain. This is a powerful medication to help people suffering from moderate to severe pain. In addition, it can help people who are in severe pain to find the relief needed to recover. OxyContin is recommended to be taken every 12 hours and is available in the following doses:
Although it is available in pill form, it can also be snorted, chewed, crushed, injected and smoked. When individuals take the pill in non-traditional forms, typically in cases of misuse, there is much more potential for abuse. Oxycodone, a major chemical in OxyContin remains one of the most commonly abused drugs to date and has serious side effects.
In previous years, OxyContin marketing was limited to risks and side effects associated with the drug. In addition, this drug was more prescribed than other drugs in some states, deemed as “high OxyContin prescribed areas,” being prescribed 5 to 6 times more than the national average. To complicate matters, oxycodone and OxyContin have been linked to heroin abuse and fentanyl abuse. Because of the addiction risk for both OxyContin and oxycodone, much research has made to understand how to avoid excess consumption. Furthermore, some suggest doctors prescribing non-opioid alternatives to reduce risks