HOLYOKE, Mass. (WGGB) — Oxycodone. It’s also know by Oxycontin, the brand name for the drug. Dr. Garry Bombardier of Holyoke Medical Center says oxycodone is as addictive as heroin and as much as two times stronger than the same dose of morphine.
“It gets people addicted in a short time,” said Bombardier. “As it binds onto these receptors in the nerves, it changes how the impulses affect how we think and appreciate pain. But it also sends out a reward to the body.”
Bombardier says it gives people a sense of euphoria but with less of the sedation effect of heroin. It also comes with a painful psychological and physical withdrawal.
“You have belly pain,” said Bombardier. “You have dark sweating. You have tremendous anxiety.”
While some people rob stores to get at Oxycontin, oxycodone and other pain killers, Bombardier is more worried about the fact that most don’t have to go that length. He says it stems from doctors prescribing pain medicine too easily.
“I’m afraid that what happens because of that is a lot of medicine gets written and sent out and perhaps to many people who don’t need it,” said Bombardier.