Percocet is one of the most abuse prescription opioids in America. The only prescription opioid drug that is more commonly abused is OxyContin. Percocet is a substance that has great utility for many medical purposes, as it is an excellent drug to deal with pain management, although not chronically. Percocet is, specifically, a substance that is highly abused in the United States, as over 80% of Percocet is consumed in this country.
Long-term and short-term dangers
Percocet, as an opioid, is a drug that can have major implications of short-term and long-term abuse. While there are many dangers that occur when you are abusing Percocet, in the moment, and taking a dosage that is too high, the greatest dangers that Percocet presents are what happens when you develop a chronic addiction. Because Percocet is an opioid, it can severely alter your brain chemistry in a way that makes it highly addictive. It is common for Percocet addicts to turn to stronger drugs, such as heroin, after a period of Percocet abuse.
Physical effects of Percocet abuse
Percocet can have an incredibly negative impact on several vital organs. For example, Percocet abuse can cause tremendous damage to your respiratory system, causing your heart to need to work harder to pump blood through your veins. This can cause an irregular heartbeat, and increases the risks of heart attack. Kidney failure is also a possibility for those who regularly abuse Percocet.
Mental effects of Percocet abuse
What makes Percocet so addictive, if it is abused, is the fact that it causes your brain to produce the chemical dopamine, which mitigates pain and creates pleasure. The problem, similarly to heroin, is that your brain becomes dependent on Percocet to create pleasure, so depression begins to occur when you go a period of time without using Percocet.
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