The biggest thing that turns people into abusers of medications such as Oxycodone is an act known as self-medication. People may begin taking Oxycodone for a legitimate purpose, but over time they begin to alter how or when they take the medication and this is known as substance abuse. For example:
- Someone who is abusing Oxycodone may have begun taking it in the recommended dosage, but then over time they began to take more of the medication in a single dosage without speaking to a physician.
- Someone who is abusing Oxycodone may have begun taking it according to the dosage instructions, but then over time they began to take the medication more often than they were supposed to.
- Someone who is abusing Oxycodone may have originally began taking it in the proper manner, which involves swallowing the tablet whole, but then over time they began to abuse it in other manners such as by chewing the tablet, crushing and snorting the tablet or even dissolving the tablet in water and injecting the solution into the blood stream. Some people even insert the tablets rectally hoping to experience better or faster results.
There are people who also purchase Oxycodone illicitly on the street and use it recreationally. What this means is that they never had a legitimate reason to use the medication but they purchase and take it for their own purposes without permission from a physician.