How Culture Influences Oxycodone Abuse

How Culture Influences Oxycodone AbuseOxycodone is an opioid analgesic that is synthesized from opium-derived thebaine. It is prescribed for moderate to severe pain relief. OxyContin is a brand name for the time-released version of oxycodone and is the most commonly abused form of oxycodone. Although oxycodone has the ability to relieve pain, it still possesses a high potential for abuse and addiction. Many who use oxycodone recreationally do so by crushing the pill and snorting it. Crushing the pill renders the time-release coating ineffective. This allows for a much quicker and more intense delivery of the drug and its effects.

The Popularity of Oxycodone

According to the International Narcotics Control Board, in 2007 the United States had the highest consumption of oxycodone worldwide and consumed 82 percent of the world’s total. The U.S. also had the highest per capita use. There are a many reasons why oxycodone has become so prevalent. These reasons include the ease with which the drug can be obtained and the perception that oxycodone is safer than “street” drugs, since it is prescribed by a doctor and approved by the FDA. Oxycodone can be just as dangerous and addictive as other opium-derived drugs such as morphine or codeine.

The Marketing of OxyContin

OxyContin’s popularity has grown rapidly among prescription and recreational users. While there are many factors that contributed to the rapid rise in use, marketing has played a role. Purdue Pharma, the company that produces OxyContin, has paid more than $650 million in fines for felony and misdemeanor misbranding. The fines were given due to the company encouraging dosing more frequently than recommended and distributing promotional materials for the drug such as beach hats, pedometers and swing music CDs. Marketing techniques helped to increase usage and misuse by appealing to a young and impressionable demographic and making the drug seem safe. There have been numerous reports in the media on the growing number of oxycodone abusers and addicts. While these reports aim to educate the public of the dangers of the drug, they often only serve to heighten curiosity or interest in the drug.

Oxycodone Abuse Help

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