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4 Out Of 5 Young Injection Drug Users Begin With Prescription Painkillers

The study that rewrote the popular belief that injection drug users only turn to oxycodone, OxyContin, codeine and other prescription painkillers as substitute drugs, long after they have started injecting heroin.

In fact, a study at Drexel University’s School of Public Health has found four out of five young injection drug users abused oxycodone, OxyContin or another prescription opioid painkiller, long before stepping up to injecting heroin or morphine.

Not only that, the study has found that the first drug injected by one out of every four young injection drug users was oxycodone, OxyContin or another prescription painkiller, rather than the drugs usually associated with injection. Oxycodone is the most commonly abused opioid prescription painkiller, is the active ingredient in OxyContin, and can be dissolved and injected like heroin.

The new study emphasizes the vital importance of preventing opioid misuse among teenagers. And it points up the urgent need for more, and better, treatment programs — especially oxycodone detox — for those who have become dependent.

Young injection drug users

Prescription opioid misuse is a widespread and deadly public health concern. In Florida, oxycodone abuse is the leading cause of fatal drug overdoses. Studies have looked at the extent of prescription drug abuse, but little is known about how and why young drug abusers start injecting.

The Drexel University study, published in the International Journal of Drug Policy, explored the factors surrounding young injection drug users’ initiation into the misuse of opioids. The study took place during 2008 and 2009.

The study found that nearly all young injection drug users in the study:

  • Had family histories of substance abuse (drugs and alcohol were “normal”); witnessed family members misuse substances during childhood and adolescence ranging from alcoholism to injecting heroin
  • Had been prescribed opioid painkillers in mid-teens
  • Were pressured by friends or attracted by financial incentives to sell available prescription opioid painkillers
  • Never completed high school, were expelled or held back a grade
  • Wanted to experiment with opioids
  • Escalated from prescription opioid misuse to injection abuse
  • Were homeless at some point, most currently homeless
  • Had received psychological diagnoses such as depression, anxiety, or Attention Deficit Hyperactivity Disorder (ADHD), with a history of psychoactive drug treatments
  • Regarded prescription opioids like oxycodone and OxyContin as valued commodities to trade or sell

A major barrier for young people needing an opiate/opioid detox program is the fear of opiate/opioid withdrawal symptoms. An opiate/opioid medical detox program, like the type of medically supervised detox provided at Novus Medical Detox Center, is the right answer. Anyone dependent on opiates or opioids, whether prescription or street drugs, can rapidly and more safely and much more comfortably get through such a program. Prescription painkillers like oxycodone, OxyContin, hydrocodone and codeine, regardless of the many forms and brands they come in, are all equally treatable with great success.

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Novus medical oxycodone detox is safer, and more comfortable

There are a number of good reasons that answer the question, “Why detox at Novus?”. Oxycodone detox at Novus is different from the usual “one-size-fits-all” detox programs. Novus offers greater comfort, greater safety, and medical supervision around the clock. A Novus oxycodone medical detox includes natural remedies which help boost overall health, and medicines that help reduce the detox side effects.

Personally Tailored Oxycodone Detox Programs
Novus oxycodone detox is tailored to meet the personal needs of each patient — drug history, health and other factors which can impact detox. Oxycodone detox at Novus is not a “one-size-fits-all” program.

Around-The-Clock Medical Care
Novus always provides highly experienced medical supervision 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. Patients are treated with the highest level of professional care and courtesy.

Faster, Safer and More Comfortable Oxycodone Detox
Novus oxycodone detox is safer and more comfortable, and often faster than other programs. Novus oxycodone detox reduces withdrawal symptoms, while it gets you on your way home sooner.

Oxycodone Detox is Private and Confidential
Novus Medical Detox Center is set in three acres of quiet, tree-shaded, fenced and private grounds. Confidentiality and privacy are Novus hallmarks. Individual private or comfortable shared rooms are available, with telephone, internet access and Cable TV.

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