How Common Is Oxycodone Overdose?

How Common Is Oxycodone Overdose?Oxycodone is a narcotic pain reliever that is chemically similar to morphine and is prescribed for the treatment of moderate to severe pain from the following:

  • Pain due to trauma
  • Injuries
  • Muscle pain
  • Fractures
  • Neuralgia
  • Arthritis
  • Lower back pain
  • Pain from cancer treatment

However, oxycodone has a very high risk of addiction and is classified by the Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA) as a Schedule II drug.

Symptoms of Oxycodone Addiction

While oxycodone is used to manage severe pain, it also gives a person a sense of euphoria. If a person no longer requires oxycodone for pain management but continues to take it, this is sign of abuse which can lead to addiction. With oxycodone use there is a risk of physical dependency, which may include the following signs:

  • Reduced sense of pain
  • Sedation
  • Depression
  • Confusion
  • Constipation
  • Slowed breathing
  • Needle marks (if injecting drugs)

Addiction is often defined as the repeated, compulsive use of a substance despite adverse social, psychological, and/or physical consequences.

About Oxycodone Overdose

As with many addictive drugs, once the body begins to develop a dependency and tolerance of oxycodone, the user will need to continually increase dosages and frequency –a road that can quickly lead to an accidental overdose. Some symptoms of oxycodone overdose are:

  • Abnormally low blood pressure (hypotension)
  • Cardiac arrest
  • Circulatory depression
  • Coma
  • Respiratory arrest
  • Respiratory depression
  • Shock
  • Cold and clammy skin
  • Constricted pupils
  • Dizziness or fainting
  • Low pulse, heart rate
  • Shallow, short, slowed or stopped breathing
  • Stupor

Unfortunately, if a person is unattended and falls into a stupor or faints, they increase their risk of coma.

Treatment for Oxycodone Addiction

If you are abusing or are addicted to oxycodone, you need a medically supervised detox to safely eliminate the drug from your system. A quality inpatient drug addiction facility offers a staff of nurses and doctors who monitor your withdrawal symptoms to ensure that you are safe and as comfortable as possible.
In addition to detox, the support staff help you learn how to manage cravings and help create an individualized treatment plan for your needs.

Entering residential treatment program, allows you to remove yourself from any distractions and temptations in a safe, supervised setting for 30 days or more. This environment allows you to focus completely on your recovery. In this setting you can receive a variety of services including the following:

  • Drug education
  • Individual counseling
  • Group counseling
  • Family counseling
  • Introduction to community-based self-help groups
  • Referrals to community resources
  • Relapse prevention education
  • Transitional living plan

In addition, you can form support networks with others in recovery and learn about making healthy lifestyle choices.

Get Help for Oxycodone Addiction

We know that it is difficult to withdrawal from oxycodone. We also know how damaging that drug is to your body and your life. Do not risk the chance of an oxycodone overdose. Call our toll free number any time of the day, any day of the week, to discuss your oxycodone recovery options, and avoid an overdose.