Shooting OxyContin Side Effects and Dangers
The first time you used OxyContin, the drug might have seemed extremely strong and powerful. Using even one little pill might have overwhelmed your system and given you a huge rush of sensations. Over time, however, you may have found that you needed to take more and more of the drug in order to bring you the same level of effect. In time, you might even be tempted to crush up the pills and inject the drug right into your veins, just to make the drug work a bit faster. While following this procedure might help you experience more of the drug, it could be catastrophic for your health.
OxyContin pills contain active ingredients wrapped in a time-release capsule. Ideally, the drug would slowly dissolve in the acid of your stomach, and only a little of the drug would be released at any given time. Crushing the pills or dissolving them tends to break apart this protective coating, meaning that all of the drug is available to you, all at once. Overloading your body with a huge amount of the drug at one time could lead to a life-threatening overdose.
You might believe that an overdose might never happen to you because you’re careful and you know just how much to take of the drugs you’re addicted to. According to the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, 100 people die each day in the United States from an overdose. It’s likely that many of these people also thought they could control their addictions, and they only learned that they weren’t safe when they had an overdose.
Overdose Warning Signs
Medications could save your life in the event of an overdose, but you’ll need to get help as soon as signs like this appear:
- Slow, shallow breathing
- Slow pulse
- Blue-tinged skin
- Extreme fatigue
When you crush up OxyContin pills in order to inject them, the powder might look completely harmless to your naked eye. If you pulled those pills bits under a microscope, however, you’d find tiny little bits mixed in and among the active ingredients including chalk-like substances and glue-like substances. While you might never consider filling your veins with chalk or glue, that’s just what you’re doing when you inject OxyContin. The particles might not seem large when they’re on the outside, but when they’re inside your tiny capillaries and veins, they can cause blockages. Your blood can pool up behind these blockages, and your veins and arteries can become infected. Some people have even developed infections in their hearts and lungs, due to tiny particles.
Injecting OxyContin and other prescription painkillers is relatively common. For example, according to a study in the journal Drug and Alcohol Dependence, 35.3 percent of those studied who admitted to opioid use admitted that they injected their drugs. Since the practice is widespread, you may believe that it’s safe for you to inject the drugs too. As this article makes clear, nothing is further from the truth.
Breaking free from addiction can seem impossible, especially if you’ve been taking the drugs for a long period of time, but therapy really can help you to use the power of your mind to keep your addictions under control. Please call us today, and we can help you find the best residential OxyContin treatment program that can help you.