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Narcotics Awareness...Oxycontin Explained

Street terms for OxyContin™:
Hillbilly Heroin, Oxy, Oxycotton

What does OxyContin™ look like?
OxyContin™ is a legal, time-release pain medication that comes in tablet form.

What are the methods of usage?

  • Chewing the tablets
  • Snorting crushed tablets
  • Dissolving tablets in water and injecting

These methods cause a faster, highly dangerous release of medication.

Who uses OxyContin™?
Abuse of OxyContin™ in rural Maine, Kentucky, Virginia, and West Virginia brought national attention to this problem.
The areas most currently affected by OxyContin™ abuse are eastern Kentucky; New Orleans, Louisiana; southern Maine; Philadelphia and southwestern Pennsylvania; southwestern Virginia; Cincinnati, Ohio; and Phoenix, Arizona.An increase in illegal use has been especially apparent on the East Coast.9% or 19.9 million Americans have used pain relievers illegally in their lifetime.

How does OxyContin™ get to the United States?
Because it is a legal drug, OxyContin™ is supplied across the country for legitimate medical purposes.
Word of mouth has allowed users to devise illicit usage techniques. Pharmacy robberies, health care fraud, and international trafficking constitute illicit distribution ability. How much does OxyContin™ cost?When legally sold, a 10-mg tablet of OxyContin™ will cost $1.25 and an 80-mg tablet will cost $6. When illegally sold, a 10-mg tablet of OxyContin™ can cost between $5 and $10. An 80-mg tablet can cost between $65 and $80.5

What are some consequences of illicit OxyContin™ use?
Long-term usage can lead to physical dependence.
A large dosage can cause severe respiratory depression that can lead to death.Withdrawal symptoms include restlessness, muscle and bone pain, insomnia, diarrhea, vomiting, cold flashes with goose bumps, and involuntary leg movements.

Source: Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA)

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