What is it?
WHAT IS OXYMORPHONE?
Oxymorphone is an opioid pain medication. An opioid is sometimes called a narcotic.
Oxymorphone is used to treat moderate to severe pain. The extended-release form of this medication is for around-the-clock treatment of pain.
You should not take oxymorphone if you have severe breathing problems, if you are having an asthma attack
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Prevention has classified the misuse of these powerful painkillers as an epidemic, with 1.3 million emergency room visits in 2010, a 115% increase since 2004.
Overdose deaths on opioid pain relievers surpassed deaths from heroin and cocaine for the first time in 2008
By the beginning of 2011, more than 95% of prescriptions were being filled with reformulated OxyContin
By 2011, oxymorphone was present in the blood of 23% of overdose victims.
CONSEQUENCES OF OXYMORPHONE:
In 2010, after the reformulation of OxyContin stalled opiate addicts who favored that drug, Opana gradually became a big favorite. Pharmacy thefts increased, and in towns from New York City to Akron, Ohio, more people began trying to get their hands on oxymorphone. By 2011, there were 33 Opana overdose deaths in Louisville, Kentucky alone. The addiction to this drug is so strong that it drives many other types of criminal acts to get the money for more pills.
What has been occurring as these opiates are reformulated is that many people turn to heroin to keep withdrawal sickness from kicking in. They may overdose unintentionally if the heroin they buy is more potent than they expect.