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OxyContin Facts

OxyContin is a prescription painkiller that is often abused by those seeking to get high. The main drug within this pain medication is oxycodone, an opioid drug similar to morphine and even heroin in effects. There are pain medications that also carry this opioid drug, and they are Percocet, Oxycocet and Endocet.

The precise mechanism by which OxyContin works is to perform what is known as a time-release function. That is to say that rather than the body immediately absorbing the entirety of the drug at one time, it instead is slowly released into the body over a duration of time – usually 12 to 24 hours. This provides around the clock pain relief so redosing is not necessary. What addicts will often do is they will crush or chew the tablets so as to bypass the time release function built into them. This will provide them with a shorter high, but a much greater rush than they would otherwise have experienced had they administered the drug in the way in which it was intended to be applied. These medications are carefully given out as prescriptions because they have one of the highest abuse potentials of any other class of prescription drugs available. It is always important to follow doctor guidelines, and to not deviate from those guidelines without first consulting with and obtaining approval from your doctor.

Improper use of OxyContin can lead to physical dependency, overdose and, unfortunately, death in some cases. Because OxyContin is a Central Nervous System Depressant, it is unwise to combine it with other Central Nervous System Depressants as the risk of respiratory depression leading to death is much greater. This is one of the guidelines that doctors stress the most, but it is also one that many who are seeking to abuse this substance overlook. Besides death, a user may sustain brain damage following overdose. The symptoms of overdose include nausea, shallow breathing, vomiting, and loss of consciousness.

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