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OxyContin Abuse

OxyContin® (oxycodone ER) is a prescription pain medication. It is a potent narcotic and an opioid (morphine-like) medication. OxyContin is very effective at relieving pain but has significant abuse potential. Healthcare providers and patients alike must take measures to make sure the medication is used to its fullest potential while minimizing the risks for abuse and addiction.
 
Friends and family can keep an eye out for other signs of OxyContin addiction, such as:
 
  • Secluded behavior, often needing to spend large amounts of time alone
  • Stealing, lying, or other dishonest behavior
  • An unexplainable lack of money
  • Changes in social circles, such as abandoning good friends and replacing them with new ones
  • Unexplained changes in mood or behaviors.
     
Healthcare providers who prescribe or dispense this medication also watch for certain signs of abuse, such as:
 
  • Going through an OxyContin prescription too quickly.
     
  • "Doctor shopping," which is seeing several different healthcare providers to obtain numerous OxyContin prescriptions or switching from one provider to another.
     
  • Repeated reports of losing a prescription, having a prescription stolen, or needing a prescription early to go on vacation.
     
(Click OxyContin Addiction to learn more about the dangers of abusing OxyContin and to find out the difference between addiction and physical dependence.)
 
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