Hillbilly Heroin - Oxycontin Addiction

Hillbilly Heroin refers to the street name for OxyContin. Part of the reason the term Hillbilly Heroin was coined to describe this drug on the streets is because it has similar effects to heroin but it cheaper and easier to buy on the streets. OxyContin addiction is a serious problem that has resulted in thousands of deaths in the United States.

OxyContin addiction occurs when those who have been prescribed OxyContin become addicted to the drug since the primary ingredient of OxyContin is opioids that are addictive substances that help provide pain relief. Typically doctors will only prescribe OxyContin in situations where the patient is low risk for becoming addicted to the medication. Unfortunately OxyContin has made its way into hands on the street through illegal drug sales. Since this Hillbilly Heroin has become a popular street drug, thousands of individuals have died from drug addiction and overdosing on the drugs. To prevent addiction to painkillers, if you've been prescribed OxyContin by a doctor or health care professional, it is important to take it as prescribed by your doctor. If you feel like you might be experiencing withdrawal symptoms when trying to come off the painkillers, you might want to talk to your doctor to receive assistance in weaning off the drug to prevent withdrawal. 

Hillbilly Heroin:

Because OxyContin produces an effect similar to what is achieved when drug users use heroin, the drug has garnered this street name to indicate it is a version of the poor man's heroin. Those who choose to abuse Hillbilly Heroin typically crush the tablet and ingest or snort it to achieve a faster high. they might also try diluting in water and injecting it directly into the vein. Because crushing the OxyContin can disarm the time-release action of the medication that is meant to distribute the drug in a slow, safe dosage to the patient, it can actually create a deadly combination and give the user a potentially fatal dose. 

Thousands of teens and adults throughout the United States have died from overdosing on illegal doses of Hillbilly Heroin. According to the National Institute on Drug Abuse, some reports indicate that Hillbilly Heroin is becoming more widely used than actual Heroin. About one in 20 high school seniors throughout the United States have admitted using OxyContin to achieve a high akin to that received on Heroin. Five times as many of these high school seniors use OxyContin over using Methamphetamine. Prescription drugs like OxyContin are the second-most used drugs behind only marijuana. 

Like heroin and other opioids, OxyContin is a central nervous system depressant and overdosing on the drug can cause severe enough respiratory failure to cause death. The symptoms of Hillbilly Heroin overdoes include seizures, dizziness, weakness, loss of consciousness, and slow breathing. Other symptoms of an OxyContin overdose include vomiting, nausea, tiredness, coma, confusion, small pupils, clouding of mental functions, reduced vision and more. 

OxyContin Addiction:

Because the drug is so addictive, users will often build up a tolerance to the drug, which will require them to do more and to find more creative ways of ingesting the drug to receive a faster high. This is when the danger really steps in and many overdose from their body not being able to process the drug and depresses the respiratory system to create lung and heart failure. 

It is clear when a person has become addicted to OxyContin when they begin to exhibit a chemical and physical dependency on the drug and has withdrawal symptoms including tiredness and fatigue, constant yawning, heart palpitations, nausea and vomiting, depression, insomnia, diarrhea, watery eyes, joint and muscle ache, cold sweats and other negative side effects.

Addiction Recovery:

To recover from an addiction of Hillbilly Heroin, it is important to seek assistance from your doctor or health care professional right away if you have been prescribed the medication. They can help  you come off the drug in a gradual way that will ease the withdrawal symptoms for a more successful recovery. However those who have been obtaining and doing the drug illegally, it is important to get professional help from a rehabilitation or therapy center that helps with drug addiction like prescription drug abuse. Getting help right away is one of the most important ways to prevent the addiction from getting worse and/or causing long-term health problems and even death.

Sources: npr.org, guardian.co.uk 

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