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Abuse-resistant oxycodone?

Discussion in 'Detoxing From Pain Meds' started by trust4me, Oct 28, 2015.

  1. trust4me

    trust4me Well-Known Member

    Abuse-resistant oxycodone?

    Can anyone provide me with info regarding abuse-resistant oxycodone for pain relief? Thank you.
  2. trust4me

    trust4me Well-Known Member

    Abuse-resistant oxycodone is supposed to have a plastic coating, which makes it impossible to abuse??? My husband, a recovering addict, tells me he will be able to safely take this new type of oxycodone successfully for his chronic pain. In the past, he has abused almost every tye of opiate there is. He was in recovery for 5 years, but began having slips about 8 months ago. He had 3, and I believe he is now heading for a 4th with what I believe to be a big misconception. I believe he's in denial about this plastic coated oxycodone. Thanks for the help.
  3. freakedout

    freakedout Moderator

    I think they are just formulated to discourage snorting or injecting them....That is where the term abuse-resistant came from. They are definitely not abuse proof though. Many people abuse by swallowing them.

    Of course people have found ways around the new formulations to keep up the snorting/injecting but that isn't a subject for this forum.
  4. spring

    spring Administrator

    I read somewhere that all the pain meds, even hydro are eventually going to have that plastic mixed in with the drug. But as Freaked said, people will still be able to swallow them by the dozens.
  5. leafy blue

    leafy blue Well-Known Member

    Trust4 -

    It sounds like you are in a tough spot. I find it hard to believe that an addict in recovery would actually believe that he could use abuse resistant drugs and be "ok" - which leads me to my main question. Has he ever been to rehab or any type of "program" like NA? Unless he literally quit on his own with no input from any professionals or reading about addiction - he should know better. I don't mean to sound too harsh with him, but one of the first things you learn in recovery is that "you can't have just one." This sounds like his addict voice telling him that it is ok for him to take this because he is in pain and he has been "so good, for so long" and can now handle taking these...so long as a doctor tells him they can't be abused (as a previous poster stated, it doesn't stop him from taking more than prescribed.).

    Abuse resistant only means that they are more difficult to shoot up, as well as difficult to crush and snort. To my knowledge, it doesn't effect to bioavailability of oral use at all. Do you know your husbands chosen method of use?

    There are people all over this board and others who have had to choose a life of chronic pain in trade for their sobriety. It is the harsh reality of being an opiate addict with chronic pain. If it was as easy as getting "abuse resistant oxycodone" then we would all be doing it.

    I would recommend getting him some professional help immediately. I completely agree with you that he is heading to a fourth slip up. If he won't talk to a professional, then maybe suggest he make his own thread and we can speak with him directly about the dangers of his thinking.

    Also, don't forget to take care of yourself in all of this! Have you ever been to a support group for loved ones of addicts? They can be very helpful in keeping you healthy through all of this.

    Good luck and please keep checking in!

    - leafy
    Last edited: Oct 31, 2015
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  6. Fox face

    Fox face Moderator

    I can also tell you from experience, when I had my knee surgery a little over a year ago, I didn't want to get hooked on drugs again, but once the drug is in your system, you will tell any lie you can, to continue taking it. Thank god I wasn't holding my meds. When my husband realized I was taking one and stashing one because of the way my pupils looked. He cut me off, that was only day 5-6 after hardware removal/bone graft on my tibia.

    The thing about addiction that I have learned is this, if you don't want to be in active addiction, Don't Use or Drink, Not even once. It's crazy that I sit here and think how easy that sounds to me now, but I would've never thought I could say/do this 2 1/2 yrs ago.
  7. Bonita

    Bonita Well-Known Member

    I just had to add.... BIG PHARMA will lie, cant be abused? Like sub couldnt, wouldnt be abused. Methadone. oxy's wouldnt cause addiction. Bottom line, Opiate is an opiate. Dosnt matter if you bang it, snort it, swallow it or chew it. You will become addicted to it eventually. Maybe for some lucky ones only physically and not emotional for a bit of time but dont let the pharm companies fool you.

    I remember why/when long acting opiates like oxy's came out. MD's fell for it hook line and sinker. I had so many "arguments" with naive MDs believing all they read from pharms who produce these stronger, long acting opiates for "pain". I remember the day as a assessing RN I didnt have the right to asses pain levels. MD's could no longer say no or risk a big fine for the hospital. I remember a time I had a patient who was on 400mg methadone, 80 of oxy three times a day and also "break-thru" meds. He got whatever he wanted till near death more then once. Finally after nearly loosing his life we came to the agreement the nurses didnt have to medicate if he couldnt ask for the dope without nodding out in mid sentence.... sad, sad. This guy now dead but facility did avoid a huge fine.

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