Per the North Carolina Medical Journal, illicit heroin and fentanyl have infected the communities of North Carolina. Every day in the state, on average, four people die of an accidental drug overdose. Most of the overdose deaths are linked to pain medication such as OxyContin and illicit opioids like fentanyl and heroin. For many years in the state, doctors have used pain medication to treat pain, and many people have become addicted to these drugs. The state of North Carolina is home to four out of 25 cities where opioid abuse is the worst including number one, Wilmington. Prescription pain medication such as Percocet causes devastating addictions when the drug is misused, taken longer than needed, or abused with other substances.
According to the American Medical Association Spotlight on North Carolina, the state has increased access to medication-assisted treatment. Opioid addicts use Medication-assisted treatment, along with behavioral counseling, to treat pain medication addiction. The state is also providing a full continuum of care required to treat substance use disorders. The work is being done by the North Carolina Department of Health and Human Services. Medicaid is the state has taken steps to increase access to non-opioid pain management alternatives. Medicaid has expanded coverage to include some non-opioid pharmaceuticals and topical analgesic, and other non-pharmaceutical options. Pain medication addiction is dangerous, and anyone struggling with an addiction to Percocet should be seeking out treatment immediately.
How to recognize Percocet abuse
Percocet is a combination of oxycodone and acetaminophen. It is a prescription pain reliever used to treat moderate to severe pain. Having the ability to be highly abused causes lightheadedness, slow breathing, insomnia, vomiting, heavy sweating, and tiny pupils.