While it does not have the name recognition of cocaine, heroin, or marijuana, Opana is a drug that should be regarded with serious caution. Opana is a trade name for oxymorphine, a prescription painkiller. Sadly, like the more well-known OxyContin, this vital medical tool is increasingly being used for non-medical, recreational purposes.
Part of the draw of Opana is its relatively low price point. While 80mg of OxyContin costs between $60 and $100, Opana is half the price, despite being twice as strong. This high strength can lead to dangers when Opana is taken by those who have already suffered from opiate addiction, as they may misjudge the strength of the drug.
Use of Opana is highly dangerous, especially when it is combined with alcohol or other medications. Some users even crush the pills in order to get a quicker high, leading to high levels of oxymorphone entering their system. These dangers are highlighted by the shocking figures, released by the US Drug Enforcement Administration, that show that over 200 people died from using Opana in the first half of 2010 alone.
As a recreational drug, Opana provides feelings of euphoria, but these feelings are short-lived, causing the user to seek out further hits. Like other opiates, Opana causes physical addiction and attempts to quit the habit can have severe withdrawal symptoms, leading to a relapse into abuse of the drug.
It is not just abuse of Opana that can be dangerous to the health of your loved one – the withdrawal symptoms themselves can be very severe, including both physical and psychological symptoms. Effective drug rehab requires the supervision of this withdrawal as well as support through the symptoms. To continue to be effective, drug rehab for Opana must focus on the individual as a whole person, engaging with their physical, psychological, spiritual and emotional needs.