Oxycodone is a semi-synthetic opioid that is marketed in different combinations and preparations. OxyContin, which probably has received the most exposure, is the controlled release formulation of oxycodone. It is meant for moderate to severe pain that is chronic and around the clock. OxyIR is an example of an immediate-release medication containing oxycodone. The drug is also combined with less potent analgesics such as aspirin and acetaminophen. Percocet, Roxicet and Endocet contain oxycodone and acetaminophen. Percodan contains oxycodone and aspirin.
Oxycodone in any form can be used safely and provides much needed pain relief for millions of people. It is widely known, however, that opioids can be habit forming and for some may lead to addiction. Oxycodone in all of its forms is considered a drug of abuse. It is a Schedule II Controlled Substance, meaning that while it does have an established medical use, its abuse potential is high.
OxyContin's ability to lead to addiction has been highly publicized. Prescription painkillers including OxyContin represent the fastest growing type of abuse in the U.S. Communities across the nation are struggling to deal with the fallout caused by oxycodone addiction and abuse. People are able to easily obtain this drug on the black market. How does it get there? The most popular routes include diversion, theft and people who sell prescriptions they get from a doctor or pain clinic.
Slang Names for Oxycodone May Vary By Region
According to the U.S Drug Enforcement Administration, street names for OxyContin include:
- "Oxycotton" and
- "Hillbilly Heroin"
Other street names for this form of oxycodone include "Killers" and "Oxy 80's." Percocet and Percodan are often referred to as "Percs." Percocet, the more popular of the two, is often referred to as "Paulas," "Roxicotten" and "Roxi's."
Different groups of people may have different names for oxycodone. They can include code names, slang terms adopted in certain regions of the country or abbreviations of the dosage, such as "80's."
Some people who want to abuse or sell oxycodone for profit engage in "doctor shopping." This is when they visit multiple doctors or clinics to secure a large amount of the drug. Prescription fraud is also popular among people who abuse the drug. Oxycodone addiction is very serious and brings with it brutal withdrawal symptoms. Professional detox is often necessary to ensure safety and success.