Opana or Oxymorphone is a slightly different drug than OxyContin but possibly more addictive. Both are opiates and potentially deadly. If you are under the influence of an Opana or are concerned about someone else who is, please call 911 immediately, before it may be too late.
The instances of young women and men stating they have used Opana prior to admitting to treatment have grown recently to the point where now the drug is almost universally sought after by opiate addicts.
Powerful With a High Risk for Overdose
Opana is not “just another” addictive painkiller like Vicodin, Percocet, and Oxy. Opana is very potent and (like Fentanyl) abusers of the drug risk overdose.
Opana (oxymorphone hydrochloride) returned to the market recently thanks to Endo Pharmaceuticals. The purpose of this addictive opiate is “to provide an alternative to patients who have developed tolerance for other prescription meds.
The most commonly abused version of Opana is a waxy “extended release” tablet that comes in a variety of doses (5 mg, 7.5 mg,10 mg, 15mg , 20mg , 30mg and 40mg). These are referred to as Opana ER pills (“ER” for extended release). There are also immediate release tablets as well in smaller dosages (5 and 10 mg).
The “waxy” consistency is intended to discourage crushing and snorting (or injecting) Opana, but we are reminded of the phenomenon of the new formulation of OxyContin that is supposedly “tamper resistant” but leads to larger (and more deadly doses) of the drug being taken to get the same “high.”
Opana is like Fentanyl in that it is extremely potent and users may not be aware of how much more deadly it is than drugs like Vicodin or OxyContin.
Opana’s Ingredients are Not New
Oxymorphone was developed in the 1940’s in Germany and released commercially in the United States in 1959. The drug was available in 10 milligram tablets under the brand name Numorphan until it was taken off in the market in the 1970s.
Oxymorphone can also be administered as its hydrochloride salt via injection (i.e. IV drip) or suppository.
Typically the opioid dependent individual who enters treatment with us here in Southern California will be abusing drugs like Opana in addition to a smorgasbord of other narcotics (like OxyContin). The transition to heroin is becoming more and more common because it provides the exact same sensation at a fraction of the price.
Physical dependence on opiates can be overwhelming and some people waste their lives away burning bridges just trying to get enough of a high to feel “normal.” We are here to start the dialog about what getting treatment for opiate dependence is like. Please do not hesitate to call us to have all of your questions answered. We will also be able to put you in touch with an interventionist or a counselor in your area who can help you start the conversation if you are concerned about a loved one.