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Oxycontin Effects Effects

OxyContin is a central nervous system depressant that relieves pain and induces sleep. It produces a dreamlike state of warmth and well-being. It may also cause constricted pupils, nausea, and respiratory depression, which in its extremes can result in death.

OxyContin activates brain regions that produce euphoric sensations as well as physical dependence. OxyContin is notorious for the ability to produce both psychological and physical addiction. Its addictiveness is characterized by persistent craving for the drug, tolerance (the need for larger and larger doses to get the same results), and painful and dangerous withdrawal.

Once OxyContin enters the body; it works by stimulating certain opioid receptors that are located throughout the central nervous system, in the brain and along the spinal cord. When OxyContin binds to the opioid receptor a variety of physiologic responses can occur ranging from pain relief, slowed breathing, to euphoria. Since OxyContin is similar to heroin its effects are comparable.
  • Drug Facts
  • OxyContin is a high potency pain reliever.
  • In some OxyContin merely suppresses pain, in others respiration can be seriously impaired, or a feeling of euphoria may occur.
  • OxyContin activates brain regions that produce euphoric sensations as well as physical dependence.
  • The number of persons reporting use of OxyContin for non-medical purposes at least once in their lifetime increased from 221,000 in 1999 to 399,000 in 2000 to 957,000 in 2001.
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