MS Contin Abuse Signs
People abusing MS Contin usually exhibit strange behavioral changes, as well as take higher amounts of the drug than a person using it for the purpose of relieving chronic pain.
If you notice some change in the way a member of your family or a person you know behaves and you also establish that they are taking medication(s) that have not been prescribed to them by a medical practitioner, then it is possible they are abusing prescription drugs. You should, however, not conclude on those two factors, as there is more to drug abuse than just strange behavior.
Abusing MS Contin includes taking excess doses of the drug, which can actually cause death or other grave consequences. Combining the drug with other drugs that cause effects similar to MS Contin also amounts to abusing the drug. This, too, can have lethal consequences, as MS Contin is in direct contact with the nervous system. It has the effect of depressing the system, which could lead to a breakdown in the normal functions of the body. Other drugs that cause an effect similar to MS Contin include alcohol, sedatives, and tranquilizers.
MS Contin is easily available on the black market. It is usually diverted by individuals who are determined for a profit at others’ expense. People abusing the drug can visit more than one health practitioner in order to get as much supply as possible. Prescriptions can also be altered in an attempt to access the drug. MS Contin has ways in which it should be taken and any other ways amount to abusing the drug.
Since MS Contin is a highly addictive drug and directly affects the nervous system, even users who know that overusing the drug will hasten its effects have ways of doing exactly that without necessarily having to take more tablets than is normal. See, MS Contin tablets should be swallowed as they are but there are other ways of getting the drug into one’s bloodstream, including chewing, crushing or injecting the drug.
Doing any of the three increases the rate at which the medicine releases the pain killing effect or, in the case of an abuser, the relaxing effect. Injecting the drug is especially serious due to the presence of talc, a constituent of the drug which is not harmful when taken by mouth, but can cause death when injected.
Another sign to suggest that a person is abusing MS Contin is if they are doing things that effect their life by pushing their family and friends away. This could be the direct effect of the emotional and psychological consequences of abusing MS Contin. Since the drug is a depressant, people abusing the drug may not be very socially active, which can easily strain a relationship.
A person’s productivity can also be greatly affected because MS Contin can have the effect of drowsiness and lack of concentration at the place of work. A career that took years to build can be destroyed within a very short period of time.
We should therefore be on the lookout for the people we care about to make sure that they do not fall into the trap of not just MS Contin abuse, but any other forms of drug abuse.