Addiction to prescription drugs is a growing concern in today’s society. This has mainly been attributed to the ease of access of prescription drugs like Opana.
Opana is the other name for oxymorphone, an effective drug applied in the management of severe or moderate pain. When it is abused for a continued length of time, dependency arises due to its strong addictive properties. Addicts abuse Opana through a range of methods including injecting it when crushed and dissolved in water, snorting it when crushed and swallowing the tablets. Young people, in particular, may be inclined to ignore the labeling of prescription pain relievers and continue taking medication in stronger or higher quantities than recommended with the intention of experiencing a ‘high’.
Even users who are taking Opana with valid prescriptions from their health care providers can develop tolerance and subsequently dependency on this medication. This happens when the drug is used in the wrong strengths or is persistently used even past the recommended period. Addicts use Opana recreationally and require increasingly larger quantities to experience a similar buzz sensation.
Use of a drug in any way beyond that recommended by a qualified health care provider is abuse. Opana is relatively easily obtained from hospitals and pharmacies and as well as from patients with valid prescriptions. Then it is distributed and sold illegally. Common habits among addicts include faking calls in order to obtain refills, buying the same prescription medicine from several health care providers or physicians, faking prescriptions and so on. Others even shop for the drug over the internet.
Addicted users may also develop a habit of combining Opana with certain other drugs or alcohol with the aim of intensifying the high they experience. This is a very dangerous practice, as Opana is a depressant of the central nervous system. Using it at the same time with other medicines such as opiates, tranquilizers and sedatives can also be harmful.
A preoccupation with searching for the drug can be a sign that emotional or physical dependencies have cropped up. Opana addiction can lead to destruction of the lives of the affected persons. Many deaths have been associated with Opana overdose. Therefore, if someone among your friends or family is taking these kinds of medications, make sure they are using them appropriately. The medications should be used according to prescription and then stored in a safe place to prevent children and teens having access to them.
Addicted users can experience many Opana addiction withdrawal effects when they try to cease taking the drug. These symptoms may range from mild to life-threatening.
Opana Abuse Withdrawal Symptoms
For this reason, the withdrawal process should be closely medically supervised to prevent or reduce the severity or these symptoms.
Parents who are worried about certain indications of Opana addiction in teens who have been using this medication should consult a professional health care provider.