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What Is Oxycodone?

Oxycodone is a prescription Opioid Painkiller used for moderate to severe pain. Oxycodone is derived from Thebaine, a chemical found in Opium. Oxycodone is most commonly used for post-surgery recovery, broken bones, clinically sensitive pain response, chronic pain, steady pain, and cancer-related pain.

Oxycodone is most frequently prescribed in tablet form to be taken orally. However, many who look to abuse the drug will crush the tablet to snort it or dissolve it in a solution to inject it into a vein. This is most frequently done to tablets that are not time-released, as it is a way to get the effects all at once, although time-release tablets are also abused.

Due to its high purity, Oxycodone and its copycats have become popular on the streets under the names of Oxy, OCs, Oxycet, Oxycotton, Hillbilly Heroin, Killers, Percs, Roxi Raspberries, and Berries.

If you suspect a loved one might be abusing their prescription medication, or have noticed they’ve been taking it for a long period of time, look for these signs:

  • Dilated pupils

  • Apathy

  • Drowsiness

  • Short attention span

  • Inability to feel pleasure

  • Borrowing or stealing

  • Problems at work or school

  • Engaging in reckless behavior

  • Changes in mood

  • Sudden weight loss

  • Problems with coordination and reflexes

  • Excessive yawning

  • Impaired memory and judgement

  • Paranoia

  • Mood swings

  • Anxiety

  • Anger outbursts

  • Isolation

  • Change in friends

  • Depression or sadness

These could indicate that they’ve turned from using the drug for pain and are now dependent on or addicted to it.

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