Many people do not know about Roxicodone. To clear things up a bit, Roxicodone in Oxycodone, and so is Oxycontin. Roxicodone and Oxycontin use the same chemical as its active ingredient, oxycodone, which means that the statistics for Roxicodone is similar to those of Oxycodone. Because Roxicodone uses Ocycodone as it active ingredient many people mistakenly call it Roxycodone, while other mistakenly call it roxicontin. The only real name for it is Roxicodone.
Roxicodone abuse is the term used for the misuse of the medical prescription drug. It is the non-medical use of a substance that is regulated as use for strictly medical operations. The term abuse can be defined as the use of a medication without the proper prescription. It is also defined as the use (medical or non-medical) of a drug that was not prescribed to you, which means that if you were to make use of someone else's prescription drug as a pain relief you may be deemed an abuser, although not too widely. The term can also be defined as the overuse (taking too many pills - even one tablet more than recommended) of a prescribe medication.
In fact, some professionals are lobbying to have an extra definition added to the term to be defined as the use of a medication (usually prescription) for purposes that supersedes the recommended prescription. This means that if you were prescribed Roxicodone a month ago for a broken bone, and still have left over, it will be deemed abuse if you were to take any of the pills for a headache or sprain or any other injury, unless so stipulated by your medical practitioner.
It is stated that in a single year as much as 11 million people will make use of an opioid, such as Roxicodone, for a non-medical purpose, at least once. The US Department of Health and Human Services Roxicodone statistics define this as the use of Roxicodone that has not been prescribed to the person or the specific use of the drug as an induction to elevated neurotransmitter levels (or "high" as it is otherwise known). In the US alone, the number of hospital admission rise to about 100 000 people related to oxycodone related medication with Roxicodone only forming a small number of admissions and hydrocodone forming a larger number.
These statistics are shown to relate to people of the age group 16 - 49 with a larger percentage forming in the age bracket teens to early 20's. The high price of the drug tends to see high rates of abuse in the middle to upper class households. However, with the production of generics hitting the market this trend seems to be spreading to the lower spectrum as well.
It is stated that if you used Roxicodone once in a non-medical manner, it does not constitute you as an addict. Roxicodone is a highly addictive drug, but it takes a more established routine of consumption to form an addict. Most of the time people who are legally taking Roxicodone as a prescription tend to fall under that category, with most of them needing to be weaned off of the drug at the end of their prescription. Even under these circumstances (if the user took the drug exactly as prescribed), they are not deemed abusers or addicts, even if they are dependent on the drug, as long as the dependency is for strict medical purposes and deemed necessary by a medical professional.
It is stated that a total of 3733 deaths have been reported as related to oxycodone from the year 2006 to 2011. These deaths have mainly occurred Los Angeles, Orange County, Ventura County and San Diego. In about 1760 cases out of the 3733, Roxicodone statistics show that death was caused by drugs that were prescribed to the user. What is even more disturbing is that a total of 71 doctors were fingered as being responsible for prescribing about 298 of these total counts. However, only 4 of those doctors ever got convicted for drug offenses. A scary thought if you look at it on a grand scale. If you suspect you or a loved one may be addicted to Roxicodone, seek medical treatment as soon as possible.