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Is Oxycodone Dangerous?

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It is estimated that 52 million Americans have used prescription medications for non-medical uses at least one in their lifetime, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, translating into approximately 20 percent of people aged 12 and over.

What’s even more startling is that about one in 20 high school students have reported misusing OxyContin, one brand name given to oxycodone, a medication that is used to treat moderate and severe pain when used as prescribed. Misuse of drugs like oxycodone can cause a variety of health issues including death.

What are the Dangers of Oxycodone?

When taken as prescribed and under medical supervision, short-term use of oxycodone can effectively and safely manage pain. However, its misuse can lead can lead to various health issues including mental confusion, drowsiness, nausea and constipation.

In some instances if a person takes a large enough dose of oxycodone, it can cause a person to stop breathing and die. When used in combination with alcohol or certain other prescription medications, these adverse consequences also can take place.

What is Oxycodone?

Oxycodone is the generic name for a type of opioid pain medication, which is available under several different brand names including Dazidox, Endocodone, ETH-Oxydose, M-Oxy, OxyContin, Oxyfast, OxyIR, Percolone, Roxicodone, and Roxicodone Intensol.

All brands of oxycodone are “Schedule II controlled substances” meaning that while these pain medications have a legitimate medical use, these medications have a strong potential for addiction or abuse.

How Does Oxycodone Work?

Oxycodone is an opioid pain reliever, which is also referred to as a narcotic. Opioids work by attaching to receptors found in the gastrointestinal tract, brain, spinal cord or other organs in the body. When attaching to these receptors, a person’s perception of pain is reduced.

Source: National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) and Drugs.com