OxyContin, also called Oxy, is the brand name of oxycodone, a prescription painkiller used to treat moderate to severe pain. However, the drug is also highly addictive, causing people both with and without a prescription, to abuse it. Sold in a pill form, OxyContin is often crushed and snorted or injected by addicts.
According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), nearly 20,000 individuals died from prescription opioid pain relievers in 2014, which accounts for nearly half of all drug overdose fatalities in the United States. After Viagra, OxyContin is the highest-selling pharmaceutical drug.
What distinguishes OxyContin from other prescription drugs is its availability. Even with prices per pill ranging between $40 and $80, there is still a large supply of the drug on the streets for those who can afford it.
Symptoms of Oxy addiction
The symptoms of oxy addiction can be categorized into two categories that include physical and behavioral. Some of the common physical symptoms that are exhibited by an individual addicted to oxy are mentioned below:
- Drowsiness or nodding off
- Itchy skin
- Nausea, vomiting
- Low blood pressure
- Difficulty breathing
- Profuse sweating
- Dry mouth
Individuals addicted to Oxy also display a number of behavioral symptoms. For instance, they tend to steal, lie, lose contact with friends and family, and have difficulty upholding their social, financial and professional responsibilities.