Individuals can become hooked on OxyContin after a short-term prescription or even after using the drug once or twice recreationally.
Many individuals have turned to the internet to source their OxyContin.
After all, it seems to many like a safer choice than dealing with the actual “street” market.
Plus, some see it as the most convenient option, with delivery of OxyContin being only a quick click away.
Because of the widespread use of OxyContin and its highly addictive nature, it’s likely one of the most sought — and highly advertised — drugs on the illegal web market. But buying OxyContin online comes with a bevy of potential dangers, such as buying an adulterated product and identify theft.
OxyContin, a brand-name extended-release version of oxycodone, is an opioid pain-relieving medication.
The widespread use of opioids like OxyContin has skyrocketed over the past decade due in part to pharmaceutical companies in the 1990s assuring the medical community that these drugs were not addictive. Of course, it is now understood that opioids are highly habit-forming and dangerous.
The epidemic of opioid use in the U.S. has been received a great deal of attention and press. Today, doctors are more apprehensive about prescribing opioids and keeping their patients on long-term prescriptions.
While doctors may be prescribing opioids less frequently, OxyContin use continues. People who try these drugs — both as prescribed and on the illicit street market — continue to get drawn into dependency and addiction.
Several years ago, these individuals could have gone to a doctor (or maybe even a few) to get their opioid needs met, but as regulations tighten and the medical community becomes more aware of the high risk of addiction and overdose, it is getting harder to legitimately obtain opioids like OxyContin.
Many individuals may attempt to buy OxyContin online from the dark web, usually from illegal drug marketplaces similar to the now-defunct Silk Road, where users sell illegal and illicit drugs. These sites are constantly being shut down and reopened under different names. Drugs are often traded for untraceable cryptocurrency, and the sites are run in secrecy from highly masked web IP addresses.Even more commonly, individuals turn to illegitimate pharmacies. These online stores are unregulated and, more often than not, running illegally.
They often do not require prescriptions from users, and the prescriptions and medications they sell are not tested or verified. They are frequently based overseas with untraceable addresses.
Fentanyl, an opioid analgesic, gained notoriety as a substance often used in illicit street heroin. It is 50 times stronger than heroin and 100 times stronger than morphine.
Fentanyl is an incredibly dangerous substance that has played a major part in the huge rise in overdose deaths in the U.S. in recent years. Illicit drug manufacturers, like cartels, began using fentanyl in heroin because they could increase the strength of the drug while cutting costs.
As prescription opioid pill use began to rise, they saw a way to increase their market and began manufacturing OxyContin-like pills cut with fentanyl.
Online pharmacies and their drug manufacturers are often using this same formula, putting fentanyl in their “prescriptions.” This makes their product more addictive, cost-effective, and deadly.
Of the approximately 63,600 drug overdoses in the U.S. in 2016, 66 percent were related to an opioid. Because of the spread of counterfeit fentanyl-laced opioid pills, it’s unknown how many of those deaths were caused by fentanyl, but estimates are high.
Similar to the street market, online pharmacies are unlikely to advertise that their OxyContin and other opioid drugs contain fentanyl, so individuals will be unaware that fentanyl is even present in the drugs they purchase online.
The common use of fentanyl in opioid products from online “pharmacies” and other illegal online marketplaces makes ordering OxyContin online very dangerous. The dosing of these pills may be highly unpredictable, varying from one pill to the next.
Because users quickly develop a tolerance to opioids, they may increase their dosage without realizing the strength of the pills they are taking. This greatly increases the risk of overdose and death.
Because online pharmacies are unregulated and their products aren’t tested, there is the risk of ordering OxyContin online and receiving just about anything, including aspirin or over-the-counter allergy medication.
Ordering these drugs online without a prescription is illegal, so individuals who have received fake OxyContin have no options for recourse. They can’t complain to the Better Business Bureau or dispute the charge with their credit card company.
Illegal online pharmacies know this, and most aren’t concerned with their reputation or customer service. They’re just trying to make as many sales as possible before being shut down or reopening under a different name.
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As opioid use has become such an epidemic in the country and received nationwide press, law enforcement and government agencies have been very active in their campaigns to lower the levels of opioid use and overdoses.
Online drug marketplaces on the dark web are constantly being shut down by the FBI, DEA, and local authorities. The U.S. Senate recently held investigations into online pharmacies as well.
Ordering illegal prescription drugs online is a crime and can be prosecuted by local and federal authorities. Packages from online pharmacies and illicit marketplaces can be seized or confiscated.
Because even street dealers sometimes receive their supply from these online sources, many local authorities may be on the watch for packages from online pharmacies. Because of the rising number of deaths and overdoses, authorities at all levels are looking to halt the transortation and distribution of opioids like OxyContin.
Some online sites sell drug testing kits for medications and drugs that are bought online. Perhaps most popular for individuals who buy OxyContin online are fentanyl testing kits strips.
These are designed to detect any amount of fentanyl in a substance. However, these kits are never fully guaranteed, and fentanyl has many analogs that can be hard to detect. While testing OxyContin pills for fentanyl may provide some level of protection, it is no guarantee that the pills you take will be “safe.”
Because of tightening restrictions and increasing concern in the medical community, many turn to online sources to buy OxyContin, considering it to be a safer or more convenient option. However, the lack of regulation and testing of medications from these online “pharmacies” and marketplaces make this an incredibly dangerous and high-risk choice. Only purchase OxyContin from legitimate pharmacies. This means you’ll need a valid prescription for the drug from a physician.
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