Oxycodone is a synthetic prescription pain-relief drug used to treat moderate to severe pain. It is available as a stand-alone medication as well as mixed with other pain relievers. Some commonly used brand names of oxycodone include OxyContin, OxylR, and OxyFast, Percodan and Percocet. Oxycodone is manufactured in labs using specific chemicals obtained from the opium poppy plants. Therefore, just like other opioids and opiates drugs, oxycodone has the potential to make the user experience a “rush” or “high,” making it prone to drug abuse in many cases. Even when taken as prescribed, oxycodone can make the user dependent and tolerant to the effects. Additionally, oxycodone abuse can lead the user to other, more harmful narcotics such as heroin. If you are struggling with letting go of oxycodone, call one of our professionals at IntoTreatment today to begin your walk towards sobriety.

Oxycodone Abuse

According to statistics, oxycodone and other prescription opiate addicts are 40 times more likely to develop a heroin abuse problem. The signs and symptoms of oxycodone abuse are similar to those of other opiate drugs. The opioid receptors throughout the body are affected by the intake of oxycodone, causing many functions to slow down and give a feeling of tranquility and lightheadedness to the user. The exact effects of oxycodone can differ depending on the formulation being used and the amount of dosage.

In the case of immediate release drugs like OxylR, intense symptoms can be felt for a short amount of time, whereas when the controlled release OxyContin is used, the symptoms can last for up to 12 hours but they will not be as strong. Some common symptoms of oxycodone abuse include constipation, nausea, difficulty breathing, confusion and insomnia. Oxycodone abuse can lead to constricted pupils, deep sedation, loss of body sensations such as touch and oblivion to pain, respiratory arrest, blue fingernails and lips.


Street Names for Oxycodone

The following is a list of street names for oxycodone:

  • Oxy: The shorter version of oxycodone, a commonly used street slang for the highly addictive pain relief drug.
  • Hillbilly Heroin: A street slang for oxycodone’s use as a narcotic drug that became popular due to its popularity in the Appalachian region of the U.S. where the local people are termed “hillbilly” in a derogatory way. These people mostly have poor socioeconomic status and oxycodone is a cheap alternative for heroin in these areas; hence the term Hillbilly Heroin.
  • Percs: The short for Percocet, a popular pain relief tablet which is a combination of acetaminophen and oxycodone.
  • Cotton: Another popular slang term for oxycodone formulation is oxycontin, which is a controlled release version of this pain relief drug.

The addiction is strong when someone is using oxycodone, and the walk to recovery is not meant to be taken alone. Please call one of our professionals at IntoTreatment today to get more information on oxycodone addiction and how we can help you walk away from the unhealthy habits in your life.

Street Names for Oxycodone
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