Oxycodone Use in Rural Areas

Oxycodone Use in Rural AreasOxycodone is an opioid painkiller, like morphine, codeine and hydrocodone, and it is in a number of prescription drugs, including Percocet, Percodan and Tylox. It is a powerful drug that elevates levels of the neurotransmitter dopamine, which is linked with pleasurable experiences. People abuse oxycodone to experience a euphoric high, and this activity occurs in rural areas just as well as urban ones. Get help today to quit using this addictive drug, regardless of where you live.

Rural versus Urban Use of Oxycodone

According  a report in from Drug Store News (an organization that educates pharmacies), rural areas have experienced the greatest crises with oxycodone abuse in the past few years, as West Virginia, rural Kentucky, Pennsylvania, and Virginia report the most oxycodone-related deaths. However, while oxycodone addiction is often called a white-collar problem, it has spread to all economic groups.

According to the Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, while people in both rural and urban areas abuse oxycodone, people in rural areas seem to favor this drug along with alcohol, versus heroin or cocaine in urban areas. In addition, people in rural areas report having a source of income when admitted for treatment, compared to those in urban areas who report no source of income. While income does not preclude anyone from abusing oxycodone, other factors do contribute to the rural usage of the drug, including the following problems:

  • Poverty
  • Unemployment
  • Underemployment
  • Isolation
  • Easy acquisition through urban drug dealers
  • Boredom

In addition, people who work in physically demanding jobs have a greater risk for oxycodone dependency, because they may take the medication to deal with a job-related injury. The problems associated with oxycodone abuse are the same regardless of geographic location, but smaller communities have limited resources to deal with the consequences from drug abuse. In addition, smaller communities may not have the same education campaigns about drug abuse that larger communities enjoy. Fortunately, people can get addiction help regardless of their geographic locations.

Oxycodone Addiction Help

If you live in a rural area and are addicted to oxycodone, treatment options are available to you. Call our toll-free, 24 hour helpline anytime to talk with a recovery specialist. Our addiction counselors can discuss available treatment options and help you choose the best option for your needs. Don’t let your geographic setting keep you from the help you need. Call us today and start on the road to recovery.