Citation: need2quit. "Near Death: An Experience with Oxymorphone (exp81128)". Erowid.org. Oct 10, 2016. erowid.org/exp/81128
Just to show where my tolerance level was by the time this night had come about. I would say that I have an extremely high tolerance compared to most. This all started at age 15 with the basic Tylenol w/ codeine pills. Over the years I always found a way to come across oxycodone pills be it by faking an injury or actually getting hurt playing sports. This latest binge was about 7 steady months using Roxicodone pills. The first month, January, I had a housewarming party at my new place and a friend of mine, who will be A from here on out, brought me a few 30mg pills. I banged (snorted) all three and I knew I was in love with them. So much smaller than percocets and so much less powder to snort. Fast forward about 7 months to the end of june and I'm now up to 7 maybe 8 30mg pills a day. So on average about 240mgs a day. Here were days I did up to 12. This is where things go terribly wrong.
In addition to obtaining these 30mg pills with A, I was being treated for a genuine back injury and prescribed 120, 10mg oxycodone pills a month. In trying to get the doc to write me something stronger she changed my medication to Opana ER 20g. She gives me 60 of them. I had no idea how strong this medication was, but I have seen comparisons stating that it is 6-8 times stronger than morphine, mg to mg. Who knows. Anyway, I fill the script and bang the first one as soon as I get in the car.
I get home and bang another. And a half hour later I do another. Now I'm at about 60mgs. And I'm rocked. But for some reason this opiate gave me cravings for more than any other opiate.
for some reason this opiate gave me cravings for more than any other opiate.
I oblige the cravings and do another. At this time my cousin, J, picks me up to go play poker at his house. I did another 2 that I remember. 120 MG. I cant keep my eyes open let alone play cards. I remember everyone getting pissed and my cousin took me home. The last things I remember was getting inside, using the bathroom, and getting in bed with my girlfriend.
I wake up. Tied to the gurney, in an ambulance. I guess at this point the shot me with narcan and I woke up. I was puking everywhere. Then blackness again. I wake up another time in the ER. I puked. I notice all of my family, still in their pajamas. I think, 'this can't be good.' The next thing I hear is a nurse or doctor 'his kidneys are failing, he's going into cardiac arrest. Intubate him. From there everything went black and all I could hear was the machine breathing for me. I can hear but I can't move. I can't wake up.
The next time I open my eyes there is family all around me. I'm told is 2 days later and I've been in a coma for over 56 hours. I later come to find out that I had aspirated into my lungs and caused sepsis in my body. My lungs filled with fluid and my kidneys began to fail. When your kidneys fail, they don't filter out the potassium in your body sending you into cardiac arrest. Basically everyone I know came to pay their last respects over those 56 hours. My family was told I most likely was not going to wake up. I ended up in the ICU for 2 weeks on extremely rough antibiotics to help clean my body of the sepsis.
I just really wanted to let people know how strong this medication really is. I took it for granted that I knew my limits and went so long with out incident. Opana is strong. That extended release form snuck up on me. If I stopped at 40 or 60mg I would not have become a statistic. Just days prior to this night I would take 3 or even 4 OC 80s without an issue. I'd even go out and function on them. But only 120mg of this drug nearly killed me. If my alarm didn't go off and wake up my girlfriend I'd have been dead. I am in no position to judge anyone. I still struggle myself. But if you can't do it alone, help is out there. Suboxone is a great drug to help with opiate addiction. Good luck everyone.
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