The craze of OxyContin has ended. The formula for the popularly abused drug was altered so that it could not be abused by snorting or through injection. This has made way for similar prescription opiates to take over the spotlight. One of the most popular drugs that have increased in popularity is Oxymorphone, also known as Opana. Not only can Opana be abused but it is much more potent than OxyContin. The most popular versions of the pill available are the 20 and 40 milligram pills. Depending on location price can vary. In my past experience I have been able to obtain a 40 milligram Opana for 20 dollars. Outside of the city this same 20 dollar pill can be sold anywhere from 40-60 dollars. Opana produces very similar affects to that of OxyContin. It is the ideal drug for individuals who abuse opiates. Primarily insufflated, the drug provides a surge of euphoria. From past “research” I have found that a 40 milligram Opana is much stronger than the 80 milligram OxyContin, making it very desirable in a “bang for your buck” type of mentality.
Oxymorphone has been around since it was patented in the United States in the 50’s but has grown in popularity among recreational drug users since the change of the OxyContin formula. The drug was first developed in Germany in 1914 and was engineered to be used for moderate to severe pain. It has quickly become a fan favorite among opiate abusing drug users. As demand for the drug increases, so does crime related to obtaining it. In recent news articles around the countries there has been a current trend of pharmacy robberies. In a majority of these robberies the drugs that are desired are specifically asked for; Opana is almost always on the list. This is not just a problem in the large cities of the United States. Prescription opiate abuse has spread all over the country. It can be referred to by some as an epidemic. Opana and other prescription opiates are popular in suburbs and rural areas where heroin is not available. Drug users also see this as a safer option, thinking because Opana was made in a lab that it is safer than heroin or other more common street/illicit drugs. These prescription medications are absolutely NOT any safer than using other opiates. It is extremely easy to become dependent on drugs such as Opana, trust me. After a certain period of time your body develops a tolerance to the drug, making it harder to receive the same affects produced by your normal dose. After this comes the withdrawal issue. Once your body is used to constantly being in contact with the drug it will cause withdrawal symptoms when it does not have any left. Opiate withdrawal can be compared to the flu, if you’ve been beaten by a teen mob in North Philadelphia seconds before the symptoms kicked in. Simply put, abusing prescription opiates is a dangerous and often deadly road. When Purdue changed the formula for OxyContin the country probably thought it had helped solve a major problem, but when one drug becomes obsolete another takes its place. Opana has certainly taken the place of OxyContin and continues to spread throughout our country.
By Corey V.
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