Posted on October 31, 2017 in Teen Substance Abuse

Oxycodone Addiction in Teens

Oxycodone is the generic name of a prescription painkiller called OxyContin. OxyContin was first manufactured 20 years ago and is an extended release opioid when taken orally. However, OxyContin used to deliver its full rush all at once when injected until Purdue Pharma, the manufacturer of OxyContin, developed an abuse-resistant form of the pill.

Still, OxyContin (or oxycodone) is an extremely powerful painkiller. It not only relieves pain for chronic pain sufferers and for those recovering from surgery, it also relaxes users into a state of bliss, providing energy and imparting an undefeatable spirit.

And that’s when it is not being abused.

How Does an Oxycodone Addiction Start?

An oxycodone addiction usually starts innocently enough with a legitimate prescription, such as for fibromyalgia or for recovery after an invasive surgery.

Soon, users begin to chase the euphoric high that oxycodone provides. This starts by wanting to take a dose a little sooner than necessary. Suddenly, users are taking more oxycodone than the prescription intends each day. Or, they take the same amount each day but feel dependent on it, look forward to taking it and become downright panic-stricken if the prescription runs out.

Signs of Oxycodone Addiction in Teens

Teens might develop an oxycodone addiction after being prescribed this medication or one similar to it (such as hydrocodone or morphine). Or, they may try oxycodone at the urging of a friend. Oxycodone is very powerful and it doesn’t take too long before an occasional afternoon of getting high turns into a full-blown habit.

Be on the lookout for these signs of oxycodone addiction in teens:

  • Constricted pupils
  • Confusion
  • Sudden clumsiness
  • Shallow or slow breathing
  • Cold skin
  • Odd sleep habits
  • Slurred speech

Call 911 if you think your teen has overdosed, as indicated by:

  • Extreme drowsiness
  • Slow heart rate
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Unconsciousness

It is relatively easy to overdose on Oxycodone and the result can be fatal.

Help for Teens Struggling With Oxycodone Addiction

Teens can’t be expected to kick a dangerous oxycodone addiction without help. Be ready to check your teen into rehab or to go with him or her to therapy appointments and to be supportive during tough moments. If you need help deciding what to do next, call us for a confidential consultation.

Resources:

Oxycodone Addiction: The Facts

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