Getting help for Oxycontin addictionmeans getting holistic addict help, not using heroin as a cure for symptoms of pain and withdrawal. Following a 2007 settlement in which Purdue Pharma settled criminal and civil charges of misleading the public as to the addictive properties of Oxycontin, with the payment of a fine of $634.5 million, Oxycontin is still on the market.
In early 2010, the packaging of Oxycontin was changed in an attempt to make this “slow release” pain relief drug actually function as described. The current gel capsule has had a mixed response. Genuine users of Oxycontin for actual pain relief complain that this new formula does not give them the “buzz” or the relief from pain that it used to. It does not seem to occur to these people that they are now oxycodone addicts in withdrawal.
As previously, illicit Oxycontin users have applied themselves to the task of extracting the maximum hit from a capsule, without having to acquire any more, by the simple means of chopping them into smaller pieces, sometimes grating them, and then using. Asking whether the new Oxycontin is less addictive or more tamperproof would seem to be an idle question, left for more scientific testing by Purdue Pharma over the coming years.
Doctors now run shy of prescribing more Oxycontin to their patients for fear of negligence claims and professional liability. This leaves Oxycontin users somewhat in the lurch. Some people have been happily increasing their doses as needed for many years, despite the fact that Oxycontin can be fatal if prescribed to anyone but a hardened user in doses exceeding 40mg. In Canada, standard doses of Oxycontin range from 10mg to 80mg – it is possible to have a fatal reaction from a single Oxycontin pill.
Tracking over prescription does not help genuine Oxycontin users who are caught in a mix of drug withdrawal and their original pain. Oxycontin users really need complete detoxification and alternative addict help to assist them with recovery from their drug addiction and their pain.
People enmeshed in the stress of pain, and our endemic drug culture rarely think outside the square, and consider holistic alternatives. Part of the reason for the recent widespread increase in heroin use, particularly by youth in the suburbs, is that dissatisfied Oxycontin users have now come into the heroin market.
Heroin is cheaper that prescription drugs, and more readily available. Vast amounts of heroin of dubious quality arrive into North America from the poppy fields of Afghanistan virtually every day.
People see heroin as providing relief, a cure for frustrated Oxycontin addiction. People are turning to heroin and other street drugs of the MDMA variety both to relieve their pain and get high. Many users of Oxycontin, who use it for chronic pain relief, blame the addicts for causing the situation in which attempts have been made to “water down” the impact of Oxycontin in the bloodstream.
The truth is that all Oxycontin users who are now complaining, have by definition, been themselves suffering from Oxycontin addiction, over the years, although they did not know it.
The best thing that anyone in pain can do, particularly if using codeine, oxycodone or morphine, is to get holistic addict help to both overcome their addiction and get natural, drug free pain relief using holistic methods. Recovery from Oxycontin addiction is possible using holistic addict help – don’t try to use heroin as a cure for your pain and Oxycontin addiction.