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Warning Signs of Oxycodone Addiction

Oxycodone addiction is a growing problem throughout the United States. Often times, the physical and behavioral warning signs of Oxycodone addiction are overlooked by those who are unsuspecting or who simply are undereducated as to the signs that they should be on the lookout for. Early detection of a problem, especially when Oxycodone is concerned, is key to getting the right help and to preventing an untimely death from this dangerous drug.

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Doctor shopping is a sign of oxycodone abuse.

Track Marks

People who take Oxycodone will generally begin with taking the drug orally by mouth but this use quickly transcends into intravenous drug use. Track marks are one of the earliest signs of Oxycodone addiction in an intravenous drug user. These marks on the skin can be seen on the arms, legs or other areas of the body.

Paraphernalia

Drug use will often lead to an abundance of paraphernalia in a user’s home or belongings. Such paraphernalia may include syringes or syringe caps, bent or burnt spoons, straws or other elements that are used for consuming the drug. If you notice paraphernalia such as empty prescription bottles, burnt spoons or syringes in an area, drug use could be to blame.

Withdrawal

Oxycodone addiction will cause physical and psychological dependence. When a user doesn’t have the drug or when an attempt is made to scale drug use back substantially withdrawal symptoms often arise. These symptoms include nausea and vomiting, mood swings, insomnia and tremors that will last about a week without drug use.

Doctor Shopping

According to the Drug Enforcement Agency, people who are addicted to oxycodone will often seek prescriptions from many different doctors at a time. They may also call in their own fraudulent prescriptions, leave their own phone numbers for verification of a prescription or even steal prescriptions from a pharmacy or a loved on in order to fuel their habit.

Missing Money

Oxycodone addiction will cause a user to go through great lengths in order to facilitate their habit. The user will often run out of money with no explanation as to where the money went. Loved ones will often realize that the user steals from them to fuel the drug habit too. Missing money, unexplained financial difficulties and similar problems are very common in people who are addicted to prescription drugs.