How Common Is OxyContin Addiction?
If you are struggling with OxyContin addiction, you are not alone. OxyContin is a prescription pain medication derived from opium, which can be highly addictive. Due to the drug’s high potency and addictive nature, OxyContin is one of the most abused and most dangerous opioids available.
Who Is Addicted to OxyContin?
OxyContin addicts often fall into two general categories: those who have become addicted through legitimate use of the drug and those who have become addicted through recreational use. OxyContin is widely prescribed as a pain reliever, but even legitimate medical use may result in addiction. Since OxyContin’s effects are similar to those of heroin, it is also widely available as a recreational drug.
Statistics of OxyContin Addiction
Illegal use of OxyContin, including recreational use by young people, has spread over the past several years, as shown by the following statistics:
- According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Administration (SAMHSA), illicit use of OxyContin among 18-25 year olds increased by 1.7% each year from 2002 to 2004, when it grew to a total of 4.3%.
- The 2004 National Survey on Drug Use and Health estimated that 3,000,000 people over the age of eleven had used OxyContin recreationally. The survey also estimated that 615,000 used the drug for the first time that year.
- The 2006 Monitoring the Future study showed that 1.8% of eighth graders, 3.2% of tenth graders and 5.5% of twelfth graders had used OxyContin recreationally.
- Drug Abuse Warning Network data showed a 17% increase from 2004 to 2005 in emergency room visits resulting from recreational oxycodone use.
Due to the potency of the drug, its highly addictive nature and the frequency with which it is prescribed, OxyContin abuse among legal users has also become a widespread issue. According to a SAMHSA study, 38,000,000 prescriptions for oxycodone were filled in 2005, of which 19% were for OxyContin.
OxyContin Addiction Requires Treatment
OxyContin addiction is a dangerous medical condition. The side effects, withdrawal symptoms and possibility of overdose are similar to those of other opiate drugs, such as heroin. The possible consequences of overdose include the following:
- Respiratory depression
- Respiratory arrest
The withdrawal symptoms of OxyContin often mimic the dangerous effects associated with quitting heroin, which can be fatal. However, rehab centers can provide professional medical supervision to help ensure your safety and protect against relapse.
Finding Help for OxyContin Addiction
If you are struggling with OxyContin addiction, you are not alone. Our toll-free helpline is open 24 hours a day with counselors who are ready to help answer any questions you might have about addiction and treatment. We can help you find the best rehab options for your situation and start down the path to recovery. Please call now.