OxyContin became a household name in the United States as abuse of this prescription drug surged. But a less recognized narcotic that’s considered twice as strong is growing in popularity among those who sell and consume prescription drugs for non-medical use. This painkiller is known as Opana, the brand name for oxymorphone. This article will give an insight into Opana abuse and oxymorphone addiction.

It’s making its way across America through legitimate prescriptions as well as through supplies diverted from hospitals and pharmacies and into the hands of those who take Opana to achieve a high. Combining it with other medications or alcohol makes it especially dangerous as does crushing the extended release version to maximize its impact all at once. A deadly outcome is possible due to abuse. In fact, more than 200 deaths in the first half of 2010 were attributed to Opana use, according to the United States Drug Enforcement Administration.

A lower price point than OxyContin may be contributing to Opana’s rise in popularity. At  $30 to $50 per pill, it’s roughly half the price of an 80 mg. OxyContin pill. But just like OxyContin, Opana’s addictive nature can be overpowering to those who become psychologically and physically dependent and reach the need to get it at all costs.

On the street, its known by a wide variety of names. The list includes blues, blue heaven, new blues, octagons, stop signs, pink, pink heaven, biscuits, pink lady, Mrs. O, OM, Pink O, The O Bomb and more. And it’s not restricted to availability in large metropolitan areas. Drug sweeps in small towns—including Beatrice, Nebraska with a population of 12,000 people—have netted Opana distributors.

Addiction to Opana for some may not be a first time experience with opiate abuse. For many users, access to this relatively new drug may be part of a succession of addictions. In the past, they may have even attempted to end the addiction through a medical detox and/or a treatment program. For the majority of them who have failed, help is still available.

Burning Tree is a long term treatment center that provides recovery solutions for those who have experienced chronic relapse due to addictions to narcotics and any other type of drug. The long-term treatment program provides a dual diagnosis approach to determine if co-occurring mental health issues have inhibited past attempts at a full recovery. The 12-Step Program is also a fundamental aspect of treatment at Burning Tree’s residential facilities in Texas.

Burning Tree’s facilities outside of Dallas and Austin serve to provide drug and alcohol recovery solutions for individuals from coast to coast. Those with a dependence on Opana, or their family members, are encouraged to speak to an admissions representative today. The number to call is 866-287-2877 and more information is available online at www.burningtree.com.


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