When other pain medications are ineffective or cannot be tolerated, oxycodone, also known as OxyContin, is prescribed to treat severe pain that requires opioid therapy. It belongs to the narcotic analgesics (pain relievers) class of medications. Oxycodone acts on the central nervous system (CNS) to relieve pain.
If you only need pain medication for a short time, such as after surgery, you should avoid taking oxycodone extended-release capsules or tablets. This medication should not be used to treat moderate pain or when non-narcotic alternatives are available. Furthermore, this medication should not be used to treat pain that occurs only once in a while.
Opioids, which OxyContin is considered, are prescribed to those who suffer from severe acute or chronic pain. Unfortunately, this drug is extremely addictive and dangerous even when taken as prescribed by a doctor. Many people who take opioids become physically dependent on the drug, making it difficult to detach or ween off once the pain has subsided and the drug is no longer needed. In America, more than 95 million people have a prescription for opioids and today’s records show that nearly 100 people a day die from an overdose of this pain-relieving and all too accessible substance.
Chances are you know someone who has either lost their life to opiate addiction or who is currently heavily medicated on an opioid prescription. This highly addictive drug typically comes in pill form and can be fatal when mixed with alcohol or heavy doses of other prescription drugs. The number of those in their late teenage years to early twenties experimenting with opioids has been on the rise for the last 5-10 years. Unfortunately, there is no sign of the death toll from overdoses slowing down. Learn more to help educate those around you and hopefully get the help you need before it takes another precious life from this world.
When opioids are consumed orally, the substance compound attaches to proteins found in the brain, gastrointestinal tract, spinal cord, and other organs in the body, called opioid receptors. They affect areas of the brain that promote feelings of relaxation and euphoria. Opioids change the perception of pain in the brain, allowing the human body to feel relieved of chronic discomfort and, in many cases, reach a floating high where a person is numbed down. This feeling is not only what keeps people coming back for more of the drug but also the compulsion to keep using to avoid withdrawal symptoms.
Depending on the amount taken, opioids can cause significant drowsiness, constipation, difficulty in breathing properly, or sadly in many cases, death.
Supervised medical detox is advised when coming off opioids (or opiates). At Passages Addiction Treatment Centers, we professionalize in quality care for opioid and other prescription drug and alcohol detox and holistic treatment to completely break free from this difficult and life-threatening issue. Passages offers several program options to ensure you are treated thoroughly in a safe and comfortable setting. It is not recommended that you try and detox from opioids from home. Instead, enroll in one of our 30-90 rehabilitation programs.