How Common Is Percodan Overdose?

How Common Is Percodan Overdose?Percodan is a prescription painkiller with oxycodone and aspirin. Oxycodone is an opioid, which is chemically similar to drugs derived from opium, like heroin and morphine. Percodan and other opioids are widely prescribed and abused. Unfortunately, Percodan overdose is a significant and growing problem. However, with the right treatment you can recover, especially if you seek long-term rehab.

Percodan Overdose Deaths

In a 2011 report entitled Prescription Painkiller Overdoses, the U.S. Center for Disease Control (CDC) noted that drug overdose death rates have more than tripled since 1990, and that most of these deaths are caused by prescription drugs, especially opioid painkillers like Percodan. In 2008, there were more overdose deaths related to prescription painkillers than to heroin and cocaine combined.

Percodan and other opioids depress the central nervous system and slow users’ breathing and heart rates. Most Percodan overdose deaths are caused by respiratory arrest, or a failure to breathe. Combining Percodan with other substances that depress the central nervous system (such as alcohol, anti-anxiety drugs or sleeping pills) can be very dangerous and increases the overdose risk.

People Most Likely to Overdose on Percodan

Although people who use Percodan medically can overdose, the risk is higher for those who abuse it. People who abuse Percodan develop tolerance to the drug’s effects and may take larger amounts to achieve their desired results. The Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) reports that in 2010 some 2 million people began abusing prescription painkillers.

Anyone who uses Percodan can suffer an overdose, but because of usage patterns overdose rates vary demographically. The CDC reports that in 2008, New Mexico and West Virginia had rates that were nearly five times the amount found in Nebraska. They also note that rates tend to be higher in rural areas. You can get addicted to Percodan even if you are careful with your prescription, so be careful and consult your doctor if the medicine seems to stop working.

Studying the characteristics of those admitted to rehab exposes clues about drug usage patterns. SAMHSA notes that in 2008, there were slightly more males than females entering treatment for opioid addiction. Also the average age of admission was 32.

How to Treat Percodan Abuse

If you are addicted to Percodan, we can help you find treatment. Call our toll-free helpline and let our counselors answer your questions. They can check your insurance coverage if you wish, at no cost or obligation. We’re available 24 hours a day, so there’s never a wrong time to call.