Oxymorphone – FAQ

Used to treat moderate to severe pain, oxymorphone is a potent narcotic opioid analgesic drug. It is equivalent to 30 mg of morphine and works on the user’s body by binding to opioid receptors in the brain that block pain. Because this drug’s primary component is thebaine which comes from the opium poppy plant, it is scheduled as a Class II narcotic as it produces euphoric effects when abused and can be highly addictive.

Recently, there has been increased abuse of this drug by those using opioid-based narcotics for recreational purposes as it is now being sought out as a substitute for OxyContin (a formulation change to OxyContin has made that drug harder to adulterate).

Due to the opioid epidemic in the United States, the FDA (United States Food and Drug Administration) requested the removal of this product from the US market due to a reformulation in the drug that then allowed it to be readily consumed via injection. Despite this removal by the manufacturer, generic versions of the drug are still found on the black market. On the street, oxymorphone is known by various names: blue heaven, blues, biscuits, Mrs. O, octagons, O bomb, and stop signs.

Oxymorphone abuse typically results in addiction and there are signs to look for. These include taking the drug in high doses, taking it frequently, being unable to cease using the drug, and mood or behavior changes. Users who have become dependent on using oxymorphone are also at risk of turning to heroin if they cannot access or afford purchasing oxymorphone.

Treatment to stop using oxymorphone is something that should be managed by a healthcare professional as the withdrawal process can be quite severe and, if left unmanaged, the person is likely to resume use.

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