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Opana is the New Oxycontin

Is Opana the new Oxycontin? It appears that way to some. Both are highly-addictive name-brand prescription painkillers. A recent story in the USA Today highlighted the skyrocketing of prescription drug addiction. It also noted pharmacy thefts, where it used to be addicts stealing Oxycontin, and now there has been an increase in those looking for Opana.

The article states, “Prescription drug abuse is the nation’s fastest-growing drug problem, the White House Office on National Drug Policy says. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention has classified the misuse of these powerful painkillers as an epidemic, with 1.3 million emergency room visits in 2010, a 115% increase since 2004. Overdose deaths on opioid pain relievers surpassed deaths from heroin and cocaine for the first time in 2008.”

Opana is in the oxymorphone category of opioids, and therefore has similar side effects and risks. These effects can include constipation, nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite, dry mouth, stomach pain, headache, dizziness, confusion, extreme tiredness, difficulty falling asleep or staying asleep, itching, fever, slow or difficult breathing, hives or seizures. More sever symptoms may include difficulty breathing or slowed or stopped breathing; bluish-tinged skin, lips, or fingernails; cold, clammy skin; increase or decrease in pupil (dark circle in the eye) size; limp or weak muscles; extreme sleepiness; loss of consciousness or death.

If you or someone you know is addicted to Opana or any other painkiller, we can help you find a treatment center that works. Contact us today.

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