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Oxycontin Addiction Help-Line
OxyContin Information

OxyContin Information may be hard to find since the drug is relatively new.

Street name for OxyContin are: Oxy, Oxy's , Oxyies, Oxycotton, OC's, Killers, Oceans, O's, Oxycoffins, and Hillbilly Heroin. OxyContin is a trade name product for the generic narcotic Oxycodone hydrochloride, an opiate agonist. OxyContin is derived from thebaine which is an element of morphine. Manufactured by Purdue Pharma LP, OxyContin is a controlled release form of Oxycodone prescribed to treat chronic pain. When used as prescribed, OxyContin can provide pain relief for up to 12 hours.

OxyContin is currently under new development by Purdue Pharma who has announced its plans to create a new formula for its popular painkiller. They are hoping to make it less susceptible to abuse and addiction. OxyContin has been used for everything from injuries, bursitis, dislocation, fractures, neuralgia, arthritis, lower back pain and cancer pain.

Specific antagonists have been developed to reverse the respiratory depression associated with OxyContin. The two narcotic antagonists in use today are naloxone (Navcan) and naltrexone. Naltrexone is used primarily for the treatment of narcotic addiction to block the effects of opiates, especially the euphoric effects experienced in opiate addiction.

OxyContin is a schedule II drugs under the Federal Comprehensive Drug Abuse Prevention and Control Act. Federal sentencing guidelines for diverted schedule II pharmaceuticals are determined by the total weight of the tablets, not the strength. Similar drugs of lower strength such as Percocet and Tylox may weigh more then OxyContin, thus distributing the same quantities may result in stiffer penalties than the distribution of OxyContin.

Authorities in Main, in conjunction with the U.S. Government, launched a new initiative in 2000 regarding OxyContin Abuse. The Maine Attorney Generals Office has proposed legislation seeking to make possession of a large number of OxyContin tablets a felony, such possession is currently a misdemeanor.
  • Drug Facts
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • In April 2002, the US Drug Enforcement Agency reported that OxyContin has been implicated as the direct cause of main contributing factor in 146 deaths and a likely contributor in an additional 318 deaths. Based on their findings, only nine of the reporte
  • OxyContin addiction is serious and is very difficult to overcome through out-patient or home treatment.
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