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What Is Oxycodone?

Information you need to know before choosing a rehab or treatment center for a oxycodene addiction

What Is Oxycodone?Oxycodone in its simplest and natural form is derived from the opium poppy plant. Other popular recreational drugs and prescription drugs such as heroin, vicodine, morphine and various other narcotics are also manufactured from the opium poppy. When ingested the natural chemical makeup of these drugs are very similar to the brain's natural production of internal endorphins, which are the body's natural painkillers. Endorphins are also responsible for the natural high felt by long distance runners.

For thousands of years opiates have been used for everything from terminal diseases to the common cold. Today the use of oxycodone is even more prevalent. It is used as a pain killer for moderate to severe pain and its effects in the body are comparable to morphine which not only blocks pain receptors from sending pain messages to the brain but also slows down the body's general functions.

What people don't realize is that the body produces natural pain blockers when it experiences traumatic injury. Many people who suffer traumatic injuries report that initially they feel little or no pain due to the shock their body is experiencing. This is due to the endocrine system sending out a signal to block pain so that the body can shutdown and heal, much like the effect that oxycodone has on the brain.

Legal uses of oxycodone or oxycontin include treating severe pain, medical procedures, inpatient and outpatient surgeries, and it is available by prescription only. The form in which oxycodone is available also varies from solid, to liquid to caplet or it is available in time release pills. Although oxycodone is intended as a helpful drug for pain relief, on the reverse side there are many illegal uses for this drug.

Any use of oxycodone without a prescription is considered Illegal use. Oxycodone is used recreationally and can be ingested orally or injected into a vein by needle in its liquid form. It can also be snorted or smoked in powder form. However since variations of the drug is time released, the tablet should never be taken if broken or chipped because this could lead to an unsafe level of the drug in the body and blood stream. Recreational users often break the pill to achieve a faster high even though the risks of accidental overdose are greater.

What does an oxycodone high feel like?

Most people will describe an opiate high as a sudden head rush accompanied by sudden peace, calmness, numbness and extreme sleepiness. Some people will even lose consciousness. This is described as nodding out. Most importantly the oxycodone will make the person getting high feel no pain, anxiety or worry during the high. The head rush from the high usually subsides inside 30 minutes but the tiredness may last for a few hours depending on the dosage taken. It is important to recognize signs and symptoms of an overdose and call for help immediately, waiting to see if symptoms get better is never advised.

Oxycodone Overdose Warning Signs:

  • Very tiny "pin-like" sized pupils
  • Unconsciousness, fainting or extreme sleepiness
  • Unable to rouse or waken
  • Short or Shallow Breathing/Difficulty Breathing In General
  • Skin may turn clammy or extremely cold
  • Heart failure/faint or non-existent pulse
  • Muscle weakness
  • Confusion
  • Aggressive Vomiting

If you know someone who is dealing with an oxycodone issue, please know they can stop. Upon discontinuing usage they may experience withdrawal symptoms for 3-7 days depending upon the amount and frequency of use. The Saint Jude Retreats help people to break this habit that may be seriously affecting their quality of life. Don't believe that you must struggle with addiction forever or that you are an addict or junkie, because you really do have the ability to overcome this problem for good. Call now, it will be one of the most important phone calls you ever make. 1-888-424-2626

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