Oxycodone Abuse in Asian Countries

Oxycodone Abuse in Asian CountriesOpiate abuse and addiction has plagued Asian countries for centuries. While the use of opium, heroin and prescription painkillers, such as oxycodone, dropped significantly following the communist revolution in 1949, the opiate problem was back in force by the 1980s. In 2004 the official number of registered addicts was over 1.14 million, with millions more going unreported. Generic oxycodone is in plentiful supply in Asia, diverted from stocks manufactured in China for both domestic and foreign consumption.

While opium was the traditional narcotic of choice in China and other Asian countries in the past, more potent drugs are now preferred. Oxycodone pills are smuggled in the black market to addicts who then crush and inject the drug intravenously. Heroin and morphine are also popular, as are other prescription painkillers. Opiate injection also contributes heavily to the spread of HIV/AIDS throughout Asia.

Asian Addiction Treatment Challenges

As opiate addiction rates continue to rise in China, the healthcare services provided by the government struggle to keep up. Treatment tends to consist of traditional and herbal therapies and the use of opiate agonist drugs, such as clonidine and lofexidine. Methadone maintenance treatment (MMT) is not currently legal in China, but it is being tested. Many health experts believe that the approval of MMT is key to China’s ability to push back the rising tide of opiate addiction among its population.

Asian health care professionals are well aware of both the seriousness of the rapidly increasing rate of opiate abuse and the strain it places upon the rest of the population. Decreased worker productivity and increased crime and disease are directly related to the illegal manufacture, diversion, distribution and use of opiates such as heroin and oxycodone.

The Effects of Asian Oxycodone Abuse on the United States

Traditional Asian narcotics, such as opium, frequently enjoy a sort of mystique among Western drug users. However, once an addiction is established and a user’s tolerance increases, the user is likely to migrate to more powerful drugs, such as oxycodone. Generic oxycodone pills are easier for Asian smugglers to move into U.S. streets than bulky poppy pods or opium tar. Millions of addicted Americans create a strong demand for these drugs and provide enormous financial reward to the criminal networks that deal it.

Oxycodone Addiction Helpline

If you are concerned about your use of oxycodone or you suspect that a friend or family member has become addicted to these powerful pain pills, please call our toll-free helpline. We are available 24 hours a day. Oxycodone recovery is a complicated psychological and physiological process that often involves the following elements:

  • Various styles of personal counseling
  • Support group meetings
  • Physical exercise and activities
  • Creative arts therapy, adventure therapy or other experimental services
  • 12-step programs
  • Education
  • Family counseling
  • Aftercare following treatment

Our specially trained admissions coordinators can answer any questions you have about Western or Asian addiction treatment procedures. We can also confirm insurance coverage and provide logistical support, as well as help your family navigate this confusing and painful process. Call now.