Opana – See Related Topics

A drug called Opana, with a strength equivalent to 30 mg of morphine, is a strong opioid analgesic, often prescribed to treat moderate to severe pain. Opana is a narcotic drug because it has been identified by the FDA (United States Food and Drug Administration) as having a high susceptibility for abuse and addiction for those that use it. This is because one of the primary ingredients of Opana is thebaine – a chemical derived from the opium poppy plant that is used to bind to opioid receptors in the user’s brain, thus working to block pain.

People who abuse narcotics have found that Opana (also known as oxymorphone in its generic form) is a suitable alternative to OxyContin (another opioid drug) which had a reformulation that makes it more difficult to modify for recreational purposes (it’s now harder to inhale or inject). Opana, like other opioids, produces a euphoric effect for the user when tampered with. Some users have said they feel the same kind of high as that with heroin use.

Abuse of Opana typically will lead to an addiction as the body becomes more tolerant to the drug and more is required to achieve a high. The user will find it difficult to go without using and once a dependency has taken place, the addiction has formed. Breaking this addiction can be difficult but not impossible. It is suggested that a withdrawal process be managed with the guidance of professionals to help the person get through the often-unpleasant symptoms that come once use has been ceased.

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Opana – See Related Topics