Harms of Recreational Oxycodone Use

Harms of Recreational Oxycodone UseOxycodone is a pain reliever in the opiate family. It is classified as an opioid (a synthetically produced opiate substitute) and was developed in the early twentieth century as an alternative to morphine. The effects, side effects and addictive properties are very similar to those of heroin and morphine. However due to a variety of factors including ease of use and the fact that it is prescribed by doctors, it lacks the social stigma and aura of danger associated with heroin use. Many people, young people in particular, think that occasional recreational use of oxycodone is safe and no big deal.

Risks Associated with Oxycodone Use

Oxycodone abuse carries virtually the same risks as abuse of heroin. Oxycodone is highly addictive, and recreational use can quickly lead to dependence or addiction. Psychological and physiological dependence or addiction can occur after several weeks of regular use. There is a strong potential for overdose death particularly for those with a low tolerance for opiates. Side effects of oxycodone use and abuse include the following:

  • Loss of appetite
  • Lightheadedness
  • Drowsiness
  • Headache
  • Mood changes
  • Dizziness
  • Confusion
  • Fatigue
  • Weakness
  • Constipation
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Hallucination
  • Seizures
  • Fast or slow heartbeat
  • Shallow breathing
  • Difficulty breathing
  • Difficulty swallowing
  • Swelling of the face, eyes, mouth, lips or tongue

Oxycodone Withdrawal Symptoms

Painful withdrawal symptoms nearly identical to those of heroin addiction are associated with addiction to oxycodone. Discontinuing oxycodone use suddenly carries with it a high risk of severe withdrawal symptoms. This is particularly true with recreational users who often use the drug in higher than recommended doses. Oxycodone withdrawal symptoms include the following:

  • Nausea
  • Insomnia
  • Muscle pain and weakness
  • Fever
  • Flu-like symptoms

Root Causes of Recreational Oxycodone Use and Abuse

In any case of drug abuse it is important to try to understand the underlying reasons the person is using drugs. Oxycodone use has become popular or “trendy” among young people in the United States, and abuse of the drug may be the result of peer pressure, social environment or a desire to experiment. Misuse of any opioid drug may also be a sign or symptom of the need to numb physical or emotional pain.

Are You or Someone You Know Abusing Oxycodone?

Oxycodone abuse, dependence and addiction can cause disastrous consequences. If you or someone you know has a problem with oxycodone, we can help. We can answer any questions you may have and help you to find the best treatment options. Our number is toll free, and we are available 24 hours a day.