Oxycodone, found in Oxycontin or Percocet, is a powerful painkiller and one of the most commonly abused prescription drugs in the country. Many people who abuse oxycodone start out taking a prescribed amount—but as their body develops a tolerance to the drug, they need a higher dose to maintain the same relief or high.
Recognizing when someone has an addiction to Oxycodone could help save their life. Not only is it an expensive and debilitating addiction, overdose from oxycodone is a very real and potentially deadly possibility.
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Oxycodone Definition and Brands
Oxycodone is the powerful primary ingredient in many painkillers prescribed to people suffering from moderate to severe pain. These pills come in various shapes, sizes and colors depending on the dose and brand. Some of the most common brand names for oxycodone-based drugs are:
- Oxycontin – Oxycontin is one of the most commonly abused prescription drugs. The drug’s controlled-release formula provides chronic pain relief for up to 12 hours. Many people bypass the time-release action by crushing and snorting Oxycontin, or by dissolving the tablets in water and injecting the solution. This provides a quicker high.
- Percocet – Percocet is a combination of Oxycodone and acetaminophen. It is commonly prescribed for a number of conditions with pain ranging from mild to severe. Crushing and snorting Percocet is a common method of abuse.
- Roxicodone – Roxicodone is a rapid release formula of Oxycodone. It is often given to a patient before surgery to sedate or calm them. People who abuse Roxicodone tend to crush or melt down the tablets to be smoked or injected.
Slang or street names for Oxycodone drugs include oxy, OC’s, oxycet, oxycotton, hillbilly heroin, killers, percs, and roxi’s.
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Oxycodone Effects and Abuse
Many people abuse oxycodone for its euphoric effects. As an opioid, oxycodone’s effects are strikingly similar to heroin.
The effects of oxycodone use include:
- Reduced anxiety