Dangers of Getting OxyContin from a Dealer
OxyContin is a strong, long-lasting prescription painkiller that many people abuse for its euphoric effects. The active ingredient in OxyContin is oxycodone, a synthetic opiate similar to morphine. Taken correctly, the drug is slowly released over time, but when abused people often crush and snort or inject the drug to feel its effects quickly. Abusing OxyContin is never safe, but abusing OxyContin from a dealer has even more risks due to the illegal nature of the drug and the unknown substances the dealer may have added.
Illegal OxyContin Can Have Dangerous Unknown Additives
OxyContin dealers often sell fake pills, even to regular customers. This often happens when they are desperate for money or drugs. They may mix a small amount of fakes into a larger number of pills, making it harder to tell that you are consuming counterfeit drugs. These fake pills may contain some or no oxycodone, or may even be poison. Some additives and fillers are dangerous to consume, especially intravenously. There is also a risk of overdose on full-strength pills if you have unknowingly been taking some weak or fake OxyContin. If you are used to using a weaker drug and suddenly take one that is considerably stronger, the effects could be devastating.
Serious Legal Consequences of Street OxyContin
OxyContin is a schedule II controlled substance; if you are caught possessing the drug without a prescription, you could face up to five years in prison. If you are carrying a high amount on you, you could be accused of possession with the intent to distribute, which carries even higher penalties. While first time offenses are more lenient, it could still cost you $1,000 in fines and random drug tests for a year. The court can order you into treatment, and you will have little choice in what kind of treatment you receive. Possession will usually go on your permanent record, and a history of legal trouble due to drug use can prevent you from finding employment or from getting a driver’s license in some states.
Get Help Now for OxyContin Addiction
If you are addicted to OxyContin, don’t wait to get help. It is a powerful and dangerous drug on its own and the health risks area even greater when the drug is combined with unknown substances. Call us now to find treatment. Our counselors are here 24 hours a day at our toll-free helpline to answer your questions. You can recover from OxyContin addiction and we can help.