Definition: A synthetic analgesic drug that is similar to morphine in its effects and subject to abuse and addiction.
The slang terms for Oxycotin are Oxy, Oxycotton, Oxy 80s, hillbilly heroin, and poor mans heroin.
Oxycontin is a narcotic drug.
The drug schedule is 2/2n for oxycontin.
Oxycontin looks like a pill and it comes in different grams/colors.
People who abuse the drug crush the tablet and swallow or snort it, or dilute it in water and inject it.
It was first used in Germany. It was used to be a better medication than other opioids such as heroin, codeine, and even more morphine.
Oxycontin is a highly addictive drug.
Withdrawl symptoms are frequent nausea and vomiting, relentless abdominal pain, rapid or irregular heartbeat, heavy sweating, hot and cold flashes, anxiety and agitation, sleeplessness, and dilated pupils.
It changes the way a person percieves pain.
Severe constipation and persistent vomiting caused by its direct action on the gastrointestinal tract as well as certain brain centers.
It slows down the activity of the brain and the body.
High risk for addiction and dependence. It is available in tablet form in 5 doses: 10, 20, 40, 80, and 160mg. Oxycontin abusers remove the sustained-release coating to get a rapid release of medication, causing a rush of euphoria similar to heroin. If used long-term there are much more severe side-effects.
Works Cited: http://www.latimes.com/local/lanow/la-me-oxycontin-lawsuit-20170118-story.html
Communities are affected by individual actions because almost everyday on the news you'll hear that there was a shooting or deaths from drug overdoses. The society can respond to problems that arise from increased drug abuse by making a petition for the manufacturer to stop making the drug because some doctors don't prescribe the right amount that you need and people should go to the doctor if they feel pain, they shouldn't be dealing drugs on the streets.