Statistics on Oxycodone Abuse
I In 2004, the National Survey on Drug Use and Health took place. It found that around 3 million people aged 11 and above had tried Oxycodone without a medical reason. The Drug Enforcement Administration has also noted that some 1.9 million people in this country have taken the drug illegally and has named it as one of the most abused prescription drugs in the country. In 2010, the National Institute on Drug Abuse performed the Monitoring the Future study. In it, it was found that 2.1% of 8th graders, 4.6% of 10th graders and 5.1% of 12th graders had tried using Oxycodone recreationally. Addiction to Oxycodone costs this country around $484 billion per year. This includes lost job wages, traffic accidents, healthcare bills and criminal justice system costs. Finally, the Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) has stated that 741,425 admissions to emergency departments were caused by non-medical use of drugs in 2006 and 64,888 of these were related to Oxycodone.
Signs and Symptoms of Oxycodone Addiction
O Oxycodone has a strong potential for addiction. Many people believe that an intervention will be sufficient to change the situation, but this is not the case. Often, patients had genuine reasons to start taking the drug and they worry that the pain will return if they stop taking it. Additionally, most people with Oxycodone addiction are in severe denial of their problem.
A sure sign of addiction is when the prescribed dosage, or regular dosage, is no longer enough. This is called having a tolerance to the drug. At this point, the brain has been altered by the narcotic and you will need help to regain control at this point.
Doctor shopping is another warning sign. Here, people visit different doctors to receive the same prescription and thereby obtain more of the drug. Additionally, Oxycodone is often used by people who already have an addiction to Morphine or Heroin, which is often more difficult to obtain. Another sign is when you develop both physical and psychological problems when your prescription has ran out, experience intense mood swings or intentionally isolate.
If people exhibit any of the symptoms above, it is likely that they have an addiction to the drug. In addition, there are also a number of physical signs to look out for that could point to an addiction. These physical symptoms can also simply be a side effect of taking the drug too long. Physical symptoms include depression, irregular heartbeat, twitches, muscle tremors, itchiness, rashes, skin reddening, nausea and vomiting. When the user stops taking the drug they are likely to experience a number of withdrawal symptoms, particularly if they stop all at once.
Symptoms of Withdrawal
T The majority of people with addiction will, at some stage, run out of medication. If they have a severe addiction, they will then start to exhibit withdrawal symptoms, which can start to appear quite quickly after stopping to take Oxycodone. Some of the symptoms that they tend to exhibit include, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, anxiety, increased respiratory rate, cold sweat, restlessness, irritability, dilated pupils, hot and cold flashes.
With withdrawals being an inevitable part of addiction to Oxycodone, if you plan to stop on your own this is something you will go through. While the withdrawals themselves are not life threatening, some of the side effects from the withdrawals have potentially fatal consequences. It is very easy to become extremely dehydrated when withdrawing and if you have any pre-exsisting medical conditions that may cause complications during the withdrawal period. The best way to get off of Oxycodone is to go into an inpatient detox facility.