Signs of Oxycodone Addiction

OxycodoneOxycodone is an effective analgesic for mild to moderate pain control.[1] As it has an equipotency to morphine in producing opiate-like effects, it is a popular drug of abuse.1 Usually administered orally, effects can last up to five hours—eight to 12 if the sustained-release formula is taken.1 As there is a growing awareness and concern regarding AIDS and blood-borne pathogens easily transmitted by syringe use, oral Oxycodone use has increased.1 However, it is also snorted, and still can be injected.1

Oxycodone is available on the street mainly through forged prescriptions and large-scale thefts.1 As the drug sells for $0.50 to $1 per milligram, making the price of a 40mg tablet $25 to $40, an 80mg tablet $65 to $80, and 160 mg tablets over $100, addicts need to steal and barter for the number of pills needed to keep up with their addiction.1

Oxycodone addiction frequently happens when people take more of their prescription than they should.[2] If they take too much every day for a long period of time, they become addicted.2 Doctors who do not catch the dependency and renew the patients’ prescriptions only lead them down the path to addiction.2

People who use Oxycodone usually have the following symptoms:2

  • Drowsiness
  • Sedation
  • Euphoria
  • Lightheadedness
  • Itching
  • Nausea and Vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Low Blood Pressure
  • Respiratory Suppression
  • Headache
  • Dry Mouth
  • Sweating

When going through withdrawals, the person will become restless, agitated, and sweaty.2 They will suffer from muscle and bone pain, depression, diarrhea, chills, insomnia, nausea, and vomiting.2

Regular drug addiction behavior will also be present.2 They will develop a tolerance to the drug and end up needing higher doses to achieve the same euphoric effects.2 They may begin “doctor-shopping” to support their habit for less money.2 Getting the drug becomes the most important thing in their lives.2 Oftentimes, a person addicted to Oxycodone will begin neglecting their health, family, friends, work, and responsibilities.2 Money and other items from the home may be missing—sold to buy the drug.2

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