What is OxyContin?

OxyContin, an opioid, is a prescription pain reliever that acts as a central nervous system depressant. Because of its pharmaceutical benefits, it’s often covered by health insurance prescription plans. This can result in many average individuals falling into the dangerous spiral of addiction.

How Oxycodone Drugs Work

OxyContin is the brand name version of the generic narcotic, oxycodone hydrochloride. Much like morphine, OxyContin provides pain relief by connecting with the opioid receptors in the brain, spinal cord, and even directly in the body’s tissues.

Now the longest lasting oxycodone on the market, OxyContin is available in a controlled-release pill that lasts for up to 12 hours.

What is OxyContin Addiction?

When OxyContin is taken for the treatment of pain, a tolerance for the drug can develop over time. Sometimes when a person tries to stop taking it, they realize that not only are they still experiencing pain, but also withdrawal symptoms from addiction.

Stepping Stone to Heroin Use

OxyContin is an alternative for heroin, which makes it an attractive drug for the heroin abuser population. Many addicts find the lower-priced street heroin to be an easy transition when their health insurance plans stop covering their OxyContin prescriptions. This substitution can have devastating consequences on the user, taking them further into the spiral of addiction.

Struggling with dependency on OxyContin or similar drugs? Contact Schick Shadel today to set up a private consultation.