It's surprising how many people underestimate the severity of Percocet addiction. There seems to be a belief that prescription medications are somehow safer than illegal street drugs. This wrongful belief leads recreational users to abuse the prescription painkillers, which increases the risk of developing a Percocet addiction. In fact, Percocet's popularity among recreational users has led it to become the most commonly abused prescription drug in America. Toledo Percocet drug treatment centers work hard to eliminate the dependence on the drug.
Percocet contains the analgesic oxycodone (OxyContin), which is a semi-synthetic opioid drug made from the opium poppy. Oxycodone is a Schedule II controlled substance as it has a high potential for abuse. The other primary ingredient is acetaminophen (paracetamol, or Tylenol).
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Recreational drug users abuse Percocet for the euphoric effects produced by oxycodone. Illegally obtained pills are often given street names or nicknames by abusers, which include perks, paulas, roxi's, or blue dynamite.
Taking any prescription medication in ways that were not recommended by a doctor can have significant side effects. Taking larger doses than the doctor prescribed, or taking medication prescribed for someone else both constitute drug abuse.
People who take Percocet for recreational purposes are most at risk of developing tolerance to the medication, as they're more likely to take higher doses. Tolerance means the user eventually needs to take larger amounts of the drug in order to feel the same effects they used to achieve with smaller amounts. Taking larger-than-prescribed doses can also lead to dependency and addiction.
As Percocet also contains acetaminophen, or paracetamol, there is an increased risk of negative side effects. Paracetamol toxicity in the body can be the cause of permanent liver damage in many drug abusers. The combination of the opioid oxycodone, plus the toxicity of paracetamol can result in accidental overdose if the drug is used for non-medical purposes.
Some of the more severe side effects of abusing Percocet include:
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