A study released in December 2013 states that OxyContin and hydrocodone are the most popular drugs among Americans who abuse prescription painkillers. OxyContin and Percocet are brand names for drugs containing oxycodone. Researchers surveyed more than 3,500 prescription painkiller abusers in 160 drug-treatment programs across the United States. They found that 45 percent of participants favored oxycodone and 30 percent favored hydrocodone.
OxyContin can lead to death by respiratory failure, especially when used with other drugs like alcohol or benzodiazepenes which is a common occurrence among abusers.
Dangerous side effects of OxyContin are similar to those for Oxycodone and include, shallow breathing, slow heartbeat, seizure (convulsions), cold clammy skin, confusion, severe weakness or dizziness, feeling like you might pass out and death. In particular, depression of breating can cause respiratory arrest and death. OxyContin can be an extremely dangerous form of Oxycodone because it is designed as a time release formula, but abusers often grind it up or use other methods to increase the immediate potency and as a result highly increasing the risk of adverse effects.
The most successful methods of OxyContin treatment include detoxification and maintenance. Depending on the severity of the addiction options like Methadone or Buprenorphine may be option.
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The most successful methods of OxyContin treatment include detoxification and maintenance. Depending on the severity of the addiction, options such as Methadone or Buprenorphine may be utilized.