The most commonly prescribed painkillers (OxyContin, Vicodin, Methadone, Darvocet, Lortab, Lorcet and Percocet), while offering relief from pain, can also cause individuals’ bodies to start “needing” the drugs in order to feel just “normal.” This is the beginning of OxyContin Addiction!
FDA Approves OxyContin for CHILDREN as Young as 11 years old!
The Food and Drug Administration has approved limited use of the powerful and frequently abused painkiller
OxyContin for children as young as 11 years old, the agency announced Thursday and Treatment Centers are worried that this is the start of increased numbers of OxyContin Addiction.
OxyContin, widely known as “hillbilly heroin” because of its abuse in Appalachian communities, has emerged as a major crime problem in the US. In one county, it was estimated that addiction to this drug was behind 80% of the crime. OxyContin reacts on the nervous system like heroin or opium, some abusers are using one brand of oxycodone painkiller, OxyContin, as a substitute for, or supplement to, street opiates like heroin.
Dr. Sharon Hertz, director of new anesthesia, analgesia and addiction products for the FDA, said studies by Purdue Pharma of Stamford, Connecticut, which manufactures the drug, “supported a new pediatric indication for OxyContin in patients 11 to 16 years old and provided prescribers with helpful information about the use of OxyContin in pediatric patients.”
OxyContin is a long-release version of oxycodone, an opioid that acts on the brain like heroin and is intended for only the most severe and chronic pain cases.
Because oxycodone and other opioids are extremely powerful and highly addictive, they’re very tightly regulated — and very popular with addicts and pill pushers, as the OxyContin Addiction is VERY STRONG!
Hertz said the FDA was putting strict limits on the use of OxyContin in children. Unlike adults, children must already have shown that they can handle the drug by tolerating a minimum dose equal to 20 milligrams of Oxycodone for five consecutive days, she said. Although these “limits” seem to sound innocent, if you ask anyone that has become addicted to OxyContin, they never thought they would be addicted from the “low dosage” prescribed from their doctors.
“We are always concerned about the safety of our children, particularly when they are ill and require medications and when they are in pain,” she said. “OxyContin is not intended to be the first opioid drug used in pediatric patients, but the data show that changing from another opioid drug to OxyContin is safe if done properly.”
Top ten warning signs to watch for if you think someone you know may be experiencing an OxyContin Addiction:
1. Usage increase: increase of one’s dose over time, as a result of growing tolerant to the drug and needing more to get the same effect.
2. Change in personality: shifts in energy, mood, and concentration as a result of everyday responsibilities becoming secondary to the need for the drug.
3. Social withdrawal: withdrawal from family and friends.
4. Ongoing use: continued use of painkillers after the medical condition they were meant to relieve has improved.
5. Time spent on obtaining prescriptions: spending large amounts of time driving great distances and visiting multiple doctors to obtain the drugs.
6. Change in daily habits and appearance: decline in personal hygiene; change in sleeping and eating habits; constant cough, running nose and red, glazed eyes.
7. Neglects responsibilities: neglect of household chores and bills; calling in sick to school or work more often.
8. Increased sensitivity: normal sights, sounds and emotions becoming overly stimulating to the person; hallucinations.
9. Blackouts and forgetfulness: forgetting events that have taken place and experiencing blackouts.
10. Defensiveness: becoming defensive and lashing out in response to simple questions in an attempt to hide a drug dependency, if users feel their secret is being discovered.
OxyContin Addiction and Abuse
OxyContin is the brand name for a timed-release formula ofoxycodone, a narcotic analgesic (medication that reduces pain). It’s used to relieve pain from injuries, arthritis, cancer, and other conditions. Oxycodone, a morphine-like drug, is found along with non-narcotic analgesics in a number of prescription drugs, such as Percodan(oxycodone and aspirin) and Percocet (oxycodone and acetaminophen).
Overdose deaths can occur due to respiratory suppression, especially when oxycodone or any opiate is combined with another drug that suppresses respiration, like another opiate, benzodiazepines or alcohol.
If a person is unable to get his (or her) usual dose of oxycodone, they will begin to suffer from withdrawal symptoms from OxyContin Addiction. They will be restless, agitated and sweaty. They’ll suffer from muscle and bone pain, depression, diarrhea, chills, insomnia, vomiting and nausea.
We all know someone who has an addiction problem and THE MONSTER that come with that OxyContin Addiction
. We created this video to let the victims of addiction, their friends and families know about THE MONSTER and the demons these addictions create for EVERYONE involved.
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