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Information On Oxycontin Detox In Canada

OxyContin© is the name of a brand of oxycodone. OxyContin© was introduced in the United States market in 1995. It is now also very prominent in the Canada provinces. It is available in different formats and different dosages. It is usually sold in tablets which the person can take but unfortunately also abuse. OxyContin© has an analgesic effect and so will relieve pain. It is often taken to help with numerous conditions, which are known to be painful to the individual. However, it is very addictive, which is why it is necessary to find an OxyContin detox if one wants to quit that drug.

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Adverse Side Effects of OxyContin©

There are a lot of unfortunate side effects from taking oxycodone or OxyContin©, which include some of the following:

  • Dizziness
  • Nausea
  • Headaches
  • Anxiety
  • Diarrhea
  • Impotence
  • Clammy skin
  • Respiratory arrest
  • Abdominal pain
  • Dry mouth
  • Death

In Canada, it seems that more people are turning towards OxyContin© than heroin as drug of choice. The use of OxyContin© has risen sharply in the last year. In 2003, there were more than one hundred people who died with OxyContin© in their system, and that statistic is for the province of Ontario alone. This is why Oxycontin© detox is very necessary all over Canada.

OxyContin© Tolerance and Withdrawal Symptoms

As with other analgesic drugs, the chance of developing a tolerance for the drug over-time is very high. The person then has to start taking more OxyContin© in order to get the same result. Furthermore, it should be noted that withdrawal symptoms can occur even if the person is not abusing the drug per say. Of course, people who use OxyContin© in a harmful way have an even higher risk of going through withdrawal.

Physical symptoms can include:

  • Anxiety
  • Nausea
  • Muscle pain
  • Insomnia
  • Fever
  • Flu-like symptoms

OxyContin© withdrawal can even be seen in a newborn child if the mother was taking the drug during her pregnancy. Oxycodone withdrawal can be very uncomfortable for the addict, and that is why people should go to an OxyContin detox center or drug rehab center if they have trouble going through the detoxification alone. A detox can also help the person through the Oxycontin© addiction withdrawal.

Oxycontin© in Canada

Oxycontin© is a controlled substance under Schedule I of the CDSA (Controlled Drugs and Substances Act). Everyone who seeks or gets from a doctor either the substance or a prescription to obtain OxyContin© must inform that practitioner of all controlled substances and authorizations they obtained from any other doctors for the last 30 days; otherwise, the person may be found "guilty of an indictable offense and liable to imprisonment for a term not exceeding seven years." Anyone possessing the substance with the intention of trafficking "is guilty of an indictable offense and liable to imprisonment for life." OxyContin© is used and abused by a lot of people thus the importance of Oxycontin detox centers in Canada.

Most drug rehab centers will have to put the person through a medical detox in order to successfully come off of Oxycontin©. It can be very dangerous if the detoxification is not done properly as the body will develop a very high tolerance to the drug, making the withdrawal symptoms quite severe for the user. Because this is a synthetically produced opiate, it will cause the OxyContin© withdrawal symptoms to last for a while. The addict can expect to experience the initial symptoms within hours after use, and will normally hit a peak period within 24 to 48 hours after the intake. The symptoms can typically last for seven days, sometimes longer, depending on the user and the amount taken.

A properly staffed with medical professionals OxyContin drug rehab and detox center can help a person getting through an Oxycontin© withdrawal.

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