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OXYMORPHONE & OPANA ADDICTION

A Day at Drug and Alcohol Rehab at Behavioral Wellness & Recovery

Oxymorphone is a semi-synthetic opiate drug that was first synthesized in the 1950s by chemically altering thebaine, which is naturally found in the poppy plant. Oxymorphone (Opana, trade) is roughly 3 times as potent as morphine, when used orally, but is up to 10 times more potent when used by the I.V. route. It is indicated for the treatment of moderate to severe pain. When used to treat chronic pain, the extended-release (ER) formulation is typically prescribed. Opana is a rapid-acting opiate with an intermediate duration of action.

Much like those who abuse OxyContin, the extended release form of oxymorphone (Opana ER) can be crushed and subsequently injected, swallowed or snorted. It can also be chewed.

This gives the user access to high doses of oxymorphone in a single administration. The risk of opiate overdose and death is increased significantly because a high dosage of the potent opiate, oxymorphone, is used. Luckily, an FDA approved version of Opana was released in 2011 that is crush resistant.

An opiate addiction to Opana, including overdose and withdrawal is the same as that of other opiates. When taken in amounts or routes other than prescribed, a drug addiction is likely present. Because of the increase in prescription pain pill addiction in the United States, tighter controls have been placed on the manufacturing, distribution, and prescribing of Opana. Opana addiction increased when the formulation of OxyContin was changed to make it more tamper proof. One who is abusing Opana will also likely spend less on obtaining the drug vs. OxyContin because the manufacturers price point is lower. Opana can be obtained legally through a prescription or illegally by buying it on the street or stealing it from a hospital or pharmacy. It is not unusual for those with a legitimate Opana prescription to illegally sell the drug to others to make money.

Many who initially begin taking oxymorphone for legitimate pain may find themselves borrowing pain pills from friends and family members, doctor shopping, buying the medication illicitly, or even switching or adding other opiates to the drug abuse regimen, including heroin, oxycodone, fentanyl and others. An opiate drug addiction must be taken seriously, as the consequences are severe and rapid. Opiate overdose is a leading cause of death due to drug addiction.

OXYMORPHONE & OPANA ADDICTION TREATMENT

Once an opiate addiction has taken hold, treatment in a drug and alcohol rehab is the best option. After undergoing an Opana detox treatment should be continued in a residential drug treatment center. Since the relapse rate following drug detox is high for Opana and other opiates, intensive treatment can help prevent relapse and save lives.

When one undergoes true drug and alcohol rehab, not only are the medical and psychological issues treated, but the addict learns how to deal with cravings, develop a drug-free support network and remove triggers from his/her life. Since addiction is a chronic disease, after intensive treatment the Opana addict would be best advised to begin living a continuous recovery lifestyle, including self-help groups, spiritual activities and outpatient therapy.

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Behavioral Wellness & Recovery is a Joint Commission accredited program. The Joint Commission recognizes excellence in health care organizations and programs.

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