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OxyContin is a form of synthetic morphine taken in tablet form designed to kill pain over several hours OxyContin is a trade named product for the generic narcotic oxycodone hydrochloride an opiate agonist Oxycodone is a central nervous system depressant a very effective medication for mild to severe pain A 40 mg tablet of OxyContin by prescription costs approximately four dollars or four hundred dollars for a 100-tabley bottle in a retail pharmacy OxyContin sells for between fifty cents and one dollar per milligram The same 100-tablet bottle can be purchased for four hundred dollars at a retail pharmacy can sell for two to four thousand dollars illegally on the streets OxyContin is however relatively inexpensive for those covered by health insurance since the insurance provider covers most costs associated with doctor visits and the prescriptions OxyContin also called the poor mans heroin is used by pharmacists and law enforcement officials were the first suppliers of this pain reliever If a patient had Cancer injuries bursitis dislocation fractures arthritis lower back pain or suffering dealt with chronic pain a prescription was given to the patient Overdoses occurred to many people after the doctors increased the dose of OxyContin in their medication This illegal drug should only be swallowed whole and within twelve hours another dose may be taken Abusers ingest OxyContin in a variety of ways The drug is often chewed crushed or snorted Because OxyContin is water soluble crushed tablets can often be dissolved in water and the solution injected Abusers divert this drug in a variety of ways including pharmacy diversion Doctor Shopping and improper prescribing practices by physicians OxyContin causes the increase of the amount of dopamine in the brain which causes increased feelings of pleasure and euphoria Withdrawal symptoms include flu like discomfort muscle and bone pain nausea and cold flashes Continuous use of a drug like OxyContin produces chemical changes in the brain that comes to depend on the drug
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