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Michael A. Gottlieb, P.A.
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Prescription drug violations: OxyContin's potential for abuse

If you've been accused of taking your prescription medications inappropriately, selling them, or doctor shopping, you need to make sure you defend yourself as soon as possible. You could face serious fines and penalties for misusing prescription drugs, particularly if it's a drug like OxyContin.

OxyContin is a narcotic painkiller typically provided to patients who have serious chronic pain needs; it comes in dosages from 10 to 80 mg. This tablet has a controlled slow-release feature that allows it to take time to distribute in the body. The problem is that if the person using this drug crushes, chews, snorts, or injects the drug, it will take control quickly and give them a high. That can lead to drug addiction and dependency in the long term.

OxyContin has a high potential for abuse, which is why it's on the Schedule II drug list under the Controlled Substances Act. It's because this drug has such a high potential for abuse that selling it to others or providing it to someone without a prescription is illegal.

OxyContin lasts for around four to six hours in the body for most people, but its effects can wear off faster for those with a tolerance. The risk of a tolerance combined with a short-term high make it a lucrative drug to sell for dealers. In 2009, the Drug Enforcement Agency reported that OxyContin was being sold for $1.15 per milligram on the street, which could be as much as $92.00 per pill. Some addicts could take anywhere from 80 to 400 mg per day, making this an incredibly expensive habit to maintain but a lucrative business for someone who deals drugs.

Source: National Drug Intelligence Center, "OxyContin Fast Facts," accessed April 19, 2016

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