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History of OxyContin

If you abuse OxyContin, you may have no idea about where the drug is manufactured or what it is designed to do. In fact, if you’re like most people who abuse OxyContin, you were never given a prescription for the drug in the first place, so you were never given an opportunity to learn what the drug was designed to do and how it might be used properly. Many people come to OxyContin abuse via this path. For example, a study published in the Journal of Psychoactive Drugs found that 70 percent of those studied received OxyContin from family members and friends.

Understanding the drugs you abuse might be the best way to defeat those addictions. This article will give you a bit of background of the history of OxyContin, in the hopes that the information will spur you to get the help you’ll need to recover.

Early History

The active ingredient in OxyContin, known as oxycodone, has been considered addictive since the 1960s, according to the Center for Substance Abuse Research. At that time, the United Nations Office on Drugs and Crime classified oxycodone as a dangerous drug, and its production and use were tightly controlled. These controls were considered largely effective and abuse was not considered widespread, until OxyContin hit the market in 1995.

People in severe pain often hop onto a rollercoaster of pain control, feeling happy and at peace when the drug is in place but feeling a recurrence of their pain between doses. OxyContin contains time-release aspects that are designed to smooth the experience, providing consistent pain control. Unfortunately, the benefit of the drug to those in pain is also what makes it so enticing for addicts. By crushing the capsules and sniffing or injecting the powder, users can feel all of the benefits of the drug at once. This is what’s behind the rush you might feel when you use the drug improperly, and it stands behind the large number of addiction cases around the globe.

*Curbing Abuse

If you’re abusing OxyContin, you might be inadvertently making the drug inaccessible for people who need it, including people who have:

  • Cancer
  • Arthritis
  • Traumatic injuries
  • Surgical repairs

Some pharmacies are refusing to stock the medication, due to issues surrounding abuse, and some doctors are leery of prescribing the drug to their patients, for fear they will become addicted.

Scope of Abuse

Nearly from the moment OxyContin hit the marketplace, people began abusing the drug. The abuse has been tracked, in part, by monitoring the number of injuries attributed to the drug. Taking much higher doses of the drug than recommended, or crushing and snorting or injecting the powder, can quickly result in overdose deaths, and those death rates have been on the rise throughout much of the country since OxyContin was released, according to the National Drug Intelligence Center.

In 2010, the U.S. Food and Drug Administration approved a new formulation of OxyContin. These pills contain ingredients designed to prevent tampering by crushing, chewing or breaking tablets. Addicted people might still choose to take more pills in order to support their addictions, but they may no longer be able to subvert the time-release properties of OxyContin by smashing the tablets. If you’re addicted, this might be just the sort of impetus that could encourage you to get help from your addiction. If you’d like assistance finding the help you need, contact us today.