While all drugs can be dangerous, rehabs in NJ know OxyContin as a killer addiction. The potent painkiller is a brand name of a time-release formula of oxycodone and has been blamed for countless deaths, either through accidental overdoses or abuse of the prescription drug.

How Is OxyContin Abused?

Abusers frequently crush the pills and either snort the dust or create an injectable serum out of it. The crushed pills release a pure form of oxycodone, which is an elevated high for users. The new version splits into chunks rather than a powder: if water is added, the result is gelatinous goop.

Why Is OxyContin So Widely Abused?

OxyContin generated more than $3 billion in sales in 2011 after boasting the ability to relieve pain for up to 12 hours, while most painkillers only last a few hours. Of course, massive numbers of pills prescribed during the height of the pill’s popularity combined with the drug’s larger concentrations of oxycodone were a recipe for disaster.

Additionally, the warning label attempting to dissuade users from abusing the drug backfired. Instead of being repelled from abusing, the label gave people the idea to start crushing the pills.

Can rehabs in NJ help with OxyContin addiction?

When abused, OxyContin comes with a slew of side effects, both short-term and long-term.

Short-Term OxyContin Side Effects Include:

  • Dizziness
  • Headache
  • Dry mouth
  • Sweating
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Respiratory depression
  • Sedation
  • Weakness

Long-Term OxyContin Effects Include:

  • Insomnia
  • Restlessness
  • Cold flashes
  • Muscle and bone pain
  • Involuntary leg movements
  • Addiction

Death is also very possible if this drug is abused. Many OxyContin-related deaths and illnesses are the result of the user taking the drug in conjunction with another substance, such as alcohol, narcotic painkillers, sleeping aids and tranquilizers, muscle relaxants, or anti-anxiety and anti-psychotic drugs.

Can Rehabs in NJ Help OxyContin Addiction?

If you or someone you know needs help overcoming an OxyContin addiction, help is available. Contact the Discovery Institute to discuss intervention methods, for medical detox information, addiction counseling, and more. We understand that treatment can be a scary and uncertain experience. Our dedicated staff is here to help you every step of the way – from admissions to long-term treatment plans, and everything in between.

Reviewed for Medical & Clinical Accuracy by Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MD

Dr. Jeffrey Berman, MDDr. Jeffrey Berman is a psychiatrist in Teaneck, New Jersey and is affiliated with Robert Wood Johnson University Hospital. He received his medical degree from State University of New York Upstate Medical University and has been in practice for more than 20 years. He also speaks multiple languages, including French and Hebrew.

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