Addiction of Oxycontin

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Running head: ADDICTION OF OXYCONTIN Addiction of OxyContin Salem, New Hampshire Abstract I chose to do my research paper on the addiction of OxyContin because a close friend of mine battled with this addiction for many years. I wanted to learn and understand about this subject and what she had gone through. OxyContin is a narcotic medication prescribed as a remedy for sever prolonged pain. It can come in tablet, pill, or capsule form and can contain from 10 milligrams to 160 milligrams of oxycodone, which is the active ingredient in OxyContin. It also produces large amount of endorphins in the brain, and in high doses (primarily when abused) can cause a euphoric feeling which is very much like heroin. OxyContin is one of the most abused prescription drugs in America today. It is a highly addictive drug because of the increase of pseudo pleasurable feelings. When a person has become addicted, it can have major negative effects on their career, family, and health. After one has decided to seek professional help (this usually occurs when the addict hits rock bottom) there are many resources available to help achieve long-term abstinence. OxyContin is an opioid painkiller. It is a slow-released medication that over an eight to twelve hour period releases oxycodone hydrochloride to relieve or alleviate pain. They are prescribed by a doctor with instructions to be taken whole and orally. If the pill has been broken or crushed, it would no longer work slowly over a period of time. Instead it becomes an instant overload of endorphins to the brain. Fairly recently, pharmaceutical companies have come up with another form of OxyContin that when chewed or crushed, turns into a gel like substance. This makes it so abusers of the drug cannot use it intranasal or intravenously. In regular brain function, people produce dopamine during every day experiences.

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