Malibu, CA (PRWEB) November 30, 2012
The new formula of the drug Oxycontin was introduced in 2010. According to researchers at Washington University School of Medicine in St. Louis, the change has made inhaling or injecting the opioid drug more difficult so many users are switching to heroin, the scientists report in the New England Journal of Medicine. With the abuse of Oxycontin at its highest, the concept was to make the drug less attractive to illicit users who wanted to experience an immediate high.
Drug abuse affects society in many ways. In the workplace it is costly in terms of lost work time and inefficiency. Opiate drug users are more likely than nonusers to have occupational accidents, endangering themselves and those around them. Drug-related crime can disrupt neighborhoods due to violence among drug dealers, threats to residents, and the crimes of the addicts themselves.
About nine percent of the population is believed to misuse opiates over the course of their lifetime, including illegal drugs like heroin and prescription pain medications such as Oxycontin.
Opiates drugs such as Oxycontin can cause physical dependence. This means that a person relies on the drug to prevent symptoms of withdrawal. Over time, greater amounts of the drug become necessary to produce the same effect. The time it takes to become physically dependent varies with each individual.
More people are turning to the street drug heroin, to combat the effect of the slow release of Oxycontin and to feed the addiction craving that occurs. When a person stops taking the drugs, the body needs time to recover, and withdrawal symptoms result. Withdrawal from opiates can occur whenever any chronic use is discontinued or reduced.
Inspire Malibu is the leading non 12-step treatment center in Malibu, California with a focus on Cognitive Behavioral Therapy (CBT) and Motivational Enhancement Therapy (MET) models. The leading treatment center utilizes Smart Recovery Self Help Groups as alternatives to 12 Step Help Groups and is assisting Oxycontin and Heroin abusers in the process of detox and withdrawal.
For more information about Dr. Mohammad, Oxycontin rehab centers and Inspire Malibu's next town all event, visit Inspire Malibu.