Percocet

Percocet is a combination of a narcotic and acetaminophen. It is used to treat pain and comes in a variety of dosages. Percocet is a very addictive drug, particularly when it is overused even by those with a valid prescription. An important point to make about Percocet is that it can be addictive even after only two to three weeks of regular use.
This drug is a very popular one for abusers because it is a powerful opioid that activates the brain’s reward systems. When the brain’s reward systems are activated, a person begins to crave the drug that activated them. Once this cycle is started, it is very difficult to break it without professional assistance. In many cases, however, people develop a dependence on Percocet without even realizing it. This makes it much more difficult for people to realize that they need help.

Abusers of Percocet may take this pill in its original form. They may also chew or crush the pills and then snort them.
There are a variety of symptoms of overdose that you should be aware of when taking Percocet. These include:
 

  • Nausea
  • Decreased heartbeat
  • Unusual sleepiness
  • Irregular breathing
  • Bluish tint to the skin
  • Sweating
  • Muscle weakness
  • Yellow eyes or skin
  • Vomiting

 

Sources Used
1. DrugRehab.net. “Percocet Addiction.” http://www.drugrehab.net/drug/
Percocet_abuse.php. Accessed 08 April 2009.
2. Clear Haven Center. “Percocet Addiction-Narcotics Can Be Addictive.”
http://www.clearhavencenter.com/addictions-research/oxycontin-
addiction/Percocet-addiction/. Accessed 08 April 2009.

 

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