Oxycodone is the generic name for the brand – OxyContin. Oxycodone, an opioid drug that was developed for medical use as a pain reliever. As with other opioid prescription drugs, Oxycodone abuse and dependence has grown widely as the drug has become more readily available. Approximately 2 million individuals abuse prescription opiates every year, and the number of Oxycodone overdose deaths has risen rapidly since 1996 when the drug was first introduced.
A powerful sedative and pain-reliever, Oxycodone does have legitimate medical uses. When abused, however, Oxycodone can have serious health consequences:
Some of the long-term consequences of Oxycodone abuse include:
- Decreased blood pressure
- Increased risk of suicide
- Neurological problems
- Phantom limb pains
- Poor heart function
Oxycodone addiction differs from a simple pattern of abuse when it involves obsessive drug-seeking behavior despite the existence of extreme negative mental, physical, financial, and other consequences.
Common signs of opiate abuse include:
- Inability to organize thoughts or focus
- Insatiable cravings and a constant need to find and use drugs
- Obsession with privacy or secrecy
- Severe anxiety, irritability, or restlessness
- Social withdrawal and isolation
- Sudden change in mood or behavior