Oxycodone Abuse and Addiction
Oxycodone is an opioid very similar to heroin and morphine which produces an intense high. The sense of euphoria that users get when taking the drug is one they will want to repeat, and this can quickly lead to dependency and addiction. While the drug has legitimate medical uses as a painkiller, the potential for abuse is extremely high.
Prescriptions drugs like oxycodone affect many individuals, with as many as 25 percent of Americans having used a prescription opioid and potentially shown addictive behaviors as a result. And close to two million Americans have abused a prescription opioid or admitted to a dependency, according to one study. The drug’s addictiveness and availability, through prescription and illegal channels, create a recipe for an epidemic which only detox and rehab can begin to curb.