Smoking OxyContin Side Effects and Dangers

In 2010, under pressure from lawmakers who wanted to see addiction rates to OxyContin come down, Purdue Pharma LP released a new form of the drug that’s designed to deter common prep methods. There is some evidence that suggests that the new formulation may be helping to reduce addiction rates. For example, a study in the New England Journal of Medicine found that 35.6 percent of respondents named OxyContin as their primary drug of abuse before the new formula was released, and once it had hit the marketplace, only 12.8 percent said the same. If you smoke OxyContin, you may know how to get around the roadblocks manufacturers have thrown up around you, but the practice could be bad for your health.

Dangerous Ingredients

In order to keep people from abusing OxyContin, manufacturers have wrapped the pills in a substance known as polyethylene oxide, according to an article in the Wall Street Journal. This is a polymer that turns into jelly when it comes into contact with water, meaning that people who attempt to create a solution for injecting the drug won’t be able to use their normal methods and get the results they seek. Polymers like this are considered safe to ingest, as they may not be broken down and integrated into the body as they pass through your digestive tract, but it’s unclear what the ingredient can do when it’s heated up and inhaled. It’s in the plastics family, meaning that it’s not likely a substance you would ever want to heat up and breathe in, but that’s just what will happen when you heat up these new OxyContin pills and smoke them.

A Dangerous Transition

Some people who have smoked OxyContin in the past are turning to other drugs, including:

  • Heroin
  • Cocaine
  • Methadone
  • Methamphetamine

If you’re tempted to switch drugs, remember that no drug is safe for you to use and abuse. All of these drugs can cause devastating problems. It’s best to enter treatment programs and get help now, before you develop a new addiction to a new substance of abuse. Call our toll-free line to get started.

Listen to Your Body

Some users report that the smell of burning plastic is so strong and so unpleasant when they attempt to smoke these pills that they simply can’t go through with the process. They can’t inhale as much as they’d like to inhale, and they may even believe that inhaling the drugs causes no effect at all. This should be a cautionary tale for you. If your body believes the drugs are so dangerous that you are literally unable to breathe those drugs in, it’s time to pay attention.

Research can’t yet determine how dangerous those ingredients are, but users’ bodies seem to know quite well. Instead of forcing those drugs into your lungs, and enduring damage as a result, it’s best to use this as a wakeup call and accept help for your addiction issue. Please call us and let us find you the best private inpatient Oxycontin treatment center that can help.