What is it?
Oxycodone is a prescription narcotic in the opiate class of drugs
that is used medically for pain relief.
Hillbilly heroin, oxycotton, oxy, OC, killers
How is it used?
The drug can be ingested, snorted, injected, or smoked.
Sign of usage:
The user displays droopy eyelids, constricted pupils and sluggish,
delayed speech and mannerisms. The opiate user will appear very
drowsy and have difficulty with mental functioning and attention
span. If the user administers the drug with an injection, there
will be needle marks and possible signs of infection at injection
Effects of usage:
Oxycodone produces an initial euphoric effect. It can also produce
drowsiness, lowered blood pressure, lowered body temperature,
nausea, slowed breathing, decreased pulse rate, and
How long do the effects last?
Length of effects varies depending on dosage. OxyContin (continuous
release form) has an eight to twelve hour duration of action.
Effects of withdrawal:
Withdrawal, which in regular abusers may occur as early as a few
hours after the last dose, produces drug craving, restlessness,
muscle and bone pain, insomnia, diarrhea, vomiting, hot/cold
flushing with goose bumps, and muscle cramps. Major withdrawal
symptoms peak between 48 and 72 hours after the last dose and
subside after about a week.
Overdose of oxycodone can result in respiratory arrest and death.
For those users with already compromised physical health,
respiratory complications can result due to the drug’s depressing
effects on respiration.
Effects of prolonged usage:
Long-term use of oxycodone can lead to physical dependence and
Usage by youth:
Youths were more likely than older adults to have misused oxycodone
(1 percent among youths aged 12 to 17 versus 0.7 percent among
adults aged 26 or older). 15.4 percent of high school seniors
reported non-medical use of at least one prescription medication
within the past year.
High levels of availability (because oxycodone can be found in
medicine cabinets, on the internet, and through physicians)
contribute to a steady increase in abuse. Combining oxycodone with
other drugs (including alcohol) as well as crushing the slow
release formula of oxycodone and injecting or snorting the powder
create high risks for addiction and overdose.
*Information provided by Dr. Barbara
A. Krantz, Chief Medical Officer at the Hanley Center
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