OxyContin 40 mg and 80 mg
How to use Oxycontin
Read the Medication Guide provided by your pharmacist before you start taking extended-release oxycodone and each time you get a refill. If you have any questions, ask your doctor or pharmacist.
What does snorting OxyContin do?
When you crush and snort this grug, you are increasing the intensity, quickness, and duration of action of oxycodone on the system. Onset of action when snorting OxyContin can be immediate or can take 5 to 10 minutes to take effect compared to 30 minutes when swallowed. This route of administration delivers oxycodone to the bloodstream differently than other ways of taking the drug. How exactly?
When snorted, oxycodone travels through the nasal cavity through the mucus membrane and then reaches the blood-brain barrier with an unscheduled intensity. There aren’t as many barriers this way compared to if you take OxyContin orally and oxycodone is absorbed through the GI tract.
While snorting OxyContin usually brings on faster effect, it also can induce a altered sates of consciousness. So when you use OxyContin this way, you increase your chances of developing a severe dependency to the medication. Plus, when you snort it, you affect its controlled release mechanism that regulates the way it works on the body.
Want OxyContin in China? Pain pill addicts get drugs online
China has some of the strictest regulation of opioids in the world, but OxyContin and other pain pills are sold illegally online by vendors that take advantage of China’s major e-commerce and social media sites, including platforms run by tech giants Alibaba, Tencent and Baidu, the Associated Press found.
These black markets supply, among others, opioid users in China who became addicted the same way many Americans did, through a doctor’s prescription, the AP found. The government admits that the scale of painkiller abuse within China remains poorly understood, making it difficult to assess abuse risks as pain care improves and China’s consumption of opioids rises.
According to the latest public figures, just 11,132 cases of medical drug abuse were reported in China in 2016. But reporting is voluntary and drawn from a small sample of institutions including law enforcement agencies, drug rehabilitation centers and some hospitals. The China Food and Drug Administration said in the 2016 report that it was trying to do better but for the time being “the nature of medical drug abuse in the population cannot be confirmed.”
Wu Yi, a 32-year-old singer, survived cancer only to find he couldn’t stop taking OxyContin. He said his doctor told him OxyContin is not addictive and that he could take as much as he needed. Because Wu was never identified as having a substance abuse problem, he is unlikely to have appeared in the government’s tally.
As his habit worsened, Wu started chewing OxyContin to intensify its effect and downed vast quantities of Chinese liquor and sleeping pills.
“I feel I am kind of like a drug addict, but I cannot do anything about it,” he told AP earlier this year.
Despite the officially low numbers, the Chinese government was worried enough about pain pill abuse that it pulled combination opioids from most pharmacies in September. Among the pills targeted was Tylox, made by the drug company Mallinckrodt’s subsidiary SpecGx.
The risks of opioid abuse in China may be growing as pharmaceutical companies look abroad to make up for falling opioid prescriptions in the U.S. OxyContin has been marketed in China with the same tactics that drove Purdue Pharma into bankruptcy in the U.S. and allegedly helped spark the deadliest drug abuse epidemic in U.S. history, according to interviews with current and former employees and documents published by the Associated Press last month.