More About OxyContin
Street terms for OxyContin : Hillbilly heroin, Oxy, Oxycotton
What are the methods of usage?
- Chewing the tablets
Snorting crushed tablets
Dissolving tablets in water and injecting
These methods cause a faster, highly dangerous release of medication.
Who uses OxyContin ?
- Abuse of OxyContin in rural Maine, Kentucky, Virginia, and West Virginia brought national attention to this problem.
The areas most currently affected by OxyContin abuse are eastern Kentucky; New Orleans, Louisiana; southern Maine; Philadelphia and southwestern Pennsylvania; southwestern Virginia; Cincinnati, Ohio; and Phoenix, Arizona.
An increase in illegal use has been especially apparent on the East Coast.
9% or 19.9 million Americans have used pain relievers illegally in their lifetime.
How does OxyContin get to the United States?
- Because it is a legal drug, OxyContin is supplied across the country for legitimate medical purposes.
Word of mouth has allowed users to devise illicit usage techniques.
Pharmacy robberies, health care fraud, and international trafficking constitute illicit distribution ability.
How much does OxyContin cost?
- When legally sold, a 10-mg tablet of OxyContin will cost $1.25 and an 80-mg tablet will cost $6.
When illegally sold, a 10-mg tablet of OxyContin can cost between $5 and $10. An 80-mg tablet can cost between $65 and $80.
What are some consequences of illicit OxyContin use?
- Long-term usage can lead to physical dependence.
A large dosage can cause severe respiratory depression that can lead to death.
Withdrawal symptoms include restlessness, muscle and bone pain, insomnia, diarrhea, vomiting, cold flashes with goose bumps, and involuntary leg movements.
Information compiled from Drug Enforcement Administration.