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What is Oxycontin?

Oxycontin is an incredibly powerful narcotic used to relieve pain. It is classified as an opoid agonist with effects similar to those of morphine. Oxycontin is otherwise known as Oxycodone in the clinical medicine community. Familiar street names are: berries, blues, roxies, and 30’s. Most commonly, Oxcontin is prescribed to relieve the effects of acute, chronic and severe pain that last for long durations of time. It generally is ingested, but abusers often inject it, inhale it or take it rectally. Oxycontin also has powerful mood altering properties. Therefore, it is often abused and used illicitly. Oxycontin use often leads to the feeling of euphoria, mitigates anxiety and provides a sense of well- being. As with most medications, there are side effects. Some commonly reported side effects are: headache, lightheadedness, memory loss, diarrhea, impotence and even overdose. Oxycontin is often referred to as the gateway drug to Heroin, as Heroin is often far less expensive, much more easy to obtain and provides similar effects. Severe withdrawal symptoms are common, some include muscle pain, insomnia, flu like symptoms, nausea, and anxiety. Due to its addictive properties, Oxcontin often starts out with a valid doctor’s prescription. Yet, it commonly ends with the user “doctor shopping” to obtain the substance for illicit use. Stolen prescriptions as well as internet purchases are also common.

The FDA Looks Into Re-Labeling Opiates to Keep Them From Being Overprescribed

on Friday, 01 June 2012.

Oxycontin Addiction

Doctors, drug companies, and the FDA discuss ways to help the opiate epidemic in the US, with the suggestion of re-labeling these medications so they could not be overprescribed.

Hamilton Ontario Sees a Rise in Oxycontin Addicts Seeking Treatment

on Friday, 25 May 2012.

Oxycontin Addiction

One Ontario city talks about the Oxycontin fallout, after Purdue Pharmaceuticals quit production.

Ontario's Oxycontin Ban's Fallout Has Begun

on Thursday, 26 April 2012.

Opiate Addiction

Last month, Ontario's Oxycontin ban went into place. Since then, numerous Oxycontin addicts have turned to other opiates. Methadone clinics are at capacity, and heroin use is also rising.

Could Purdue Pharma Be Recruiting Children For Oxycontin Study?

Written by Eliza Player on Friday, 20 April 2012.

Oxycontin For Children

Marianne Skolek, from, shows that Purdue Pharma is looking to recruit children ages 6-16 for an Oxycontin study and trial.

Evidence May Link Opiates and Cancer Growth

Written by Eliza Player on Wednesday, 04 April 2012.

Evidence May Link Opiates and Cancer Growth
Opioid drugs used to treat pain in postoperative and chronic cancer patients may stimulate growth and spread of tumors.
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