Percocet Abuse and Addiction
A Common Danger in the Medicine Cabinet
Percocet abuse is one of the most common types of prescription abuse in the United States. It affects Americans of all ages through a variety of different circumstances. Percocet is a brand-name blend of oxycodone and acetaminophen and is highly addictive. It is used for the immediate treatment of moderate to severe pain for experiences such as broken bones or post-surgical recovery. Percocet has been one of the primary causes of the spike in American prescription abuse and affects thousands of Americans every year. If you or someone you care about is suffering from Percocet abuse, RU Encore is ready to provide effective, compassionate and music-based long-term treatment.
Examining the Origins of Percocet Abuse
Falling through the Cracks
Percocet is similar to other types of opioid painkillers in the speed with which it renders users tolerant and ultimately addicted. Although the drug is commonly misused by patients on a legitimate supply from their physicians, there is also a considerable amount of illegal diversion that accounts for the problem. In order to better understand the cultural issues that lead to Percocet abuse, consider the following statistics:
- Over 80 percent of the world’s Percocet is consumed in the United States.
- Percocet is twice as strong as morphine.
- Over thirty million generic Percocet prescriptions were written in 2013.
- Nearly Half of all Percocet prescriptions written by the CVS corporation were written for patients over 60. Elderly adults often have trouble metabolizing opioids quickly and are increasingly vulnerable to tolerance.
- Percocet is classified by the DEA as a Schedule II narcotic.
Between physical tolerance, illegal diversion, dangerous curiosity and other factors, it’s easy to see why Percocet abuse has become a leading addiction problem in the United States.