Injecting oxycontin is one of the primary methods of abusing this highly addictive prescription drug. Injecting oxycontin is extremely dangerous and has a high rate of fatality. People who abuse this powerful painkiller often crush the pill form of this drug, dilute it in water, and inject it much as one would heroine. Injecting oxycontin is performed in order to receive a high and potentially deadly dose of this medication. Injecting oxycontin gives the abuser a euphoric feeling comparable to the effects of heroine or morphine.
Oxycontin, known on the street as Oxycotton, Oxy, Killer, and OC, is a powerful time released painkiller that is designed to provide around the clock relief from the moderate to severe pain associated with chronic pain syndromes such as cancer, arthritis, bursitis, and the like. Oxycontin is a highly addictive drug that has the potential to cause to respiratory problems, coma, and death if not taken as prescribed by a medical professional. Oxycontin is designed to be time released, meaning that when a person takes this drug appropriately small consistent amounts of the drug become active in the body in order to provide longer lasting pain relief.
By injecting oxycontin, dangerously large amounts of this drug are delivered to the body instantaneously. Injecting oxycontin into the body can cause the following side effects: slowed breathing, cold clammy skin, pin point pupils, dizziness, confusion, flaccid muscles, change in blood pressure, seizures, coma, and death. In addition to these serious side effects of injecting oxycontin, this form of consumption kills the tissues surrounding the injection site and can also trigger acute heart and lung problems.
Injecting oxycontin is an incredibly dangerous activity that has caused the deaths of hundreds of people. In 2002 the DEA conducted a study of nearly one thousand fatalities where oxycontin abuse was a suspected cause of death. Other research has indicated that the number of people that have died from injecting oxycontin increased twenty fold between 1996 and 2000. National emergency room statistics reveal that almost 300 people died of and oxycontin overdose on 1999 alone.
In some parts of our nation injecting oxycontin, and other forms of oxycontin abuse, has become a widespread phenomenon. In some regions, the rate of oxycontin abuse far exceeds the abuse of heroin. States most severely affected by this epidemic report that fifty to ninety percent of people who enter drug rehab indicate oxycontin as their primary drug of abuse.
Injecting oxycontin not only carries a serious risk of overdose and death, it can also make a person addicted to this potent painkiller. People who are injecting oxycontin often will build a tolerance to it and eventually need more of the drug to achieve the same effect. This not only increases the health risks associated with injecting oxycontin, but it makes termination of this habit very difficult. If you suspect or know that you or a loved one is injecting oxycontin, it is vital to seek medical attention immediately.
If you or a loved one has been injured by oxycontin use, you may wish to contact a legal professional.
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