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What is Oxycodone?

What is Oxycodone

By Jackie Ribaudo

The Rise of Oxycodone

            Oxycodone is a pain relieving medication that has recently become a very popular drug of choice for illicit users. In the medical sense, Oyxcodone is one powerful and amazing pain relieving drug for those who really need it. It is most commonly prescribed to patients to manage pain after surgery. Oxycodone has very similar qualities to morphine. However, it is unique in the way that it is a 24 hour time released drug. This time release attribute allows those who are in pain to feel constant relief throughout the day.

Types of Oxycodone Produced

            The name Oxycodone is generic; there are in fact many different forms of this drug that are prescribed by doctors for pain, but are also abused nationwide. Oxycodone is produced in two different ways. It is made into tablets that just contain Oxycodone; the most popular brand names for this form of the drug are Oxycontin and Roxycodone. It is also made into tablets that contain Oxycodone mixed with Acetaminophen; the most popular brand names for this form are Percocet, Percodan, and Tylox. For people who abuse Oxycodone, they will abuse the form that just contains the Oxycodone. Therefore, the most commonly abused forms of Oxycodone are Oxycontin and Roxycodone.

Oxycodone V. Hydrocodone

Many people today become very confused with the difference between Oxycodone and Hydrocodone. Although they sound very similar and are spelled similarly, they are in fact very different. Let’s take a look…

Oxycodone v Hydrocodone 

Abuse of Oxycodone

            Prescription pain reliever drugs are now the number one cause of drug overdose related deaths in the United States. It should be no surprise to hear then how Oxycodone is abused nationwide. It is known to cause euphoric effects, lessen anxiety, and give the user an overall pleasant experience. This undoubtedly goes hand in hand with the extreme addictive nature of the drug. Oxycontin has become one of the most commonly abused forms of the drug Oxycodone. Users chew or crush the pills in order to snort or intravenously inject directly to their blood stream.

Let’s look at some Oxycodone abuse facts…

  • Oxycontin has more first time abusers than marijuana or cocaine.
  • There is Oxycodone use in all 3,140 counties in the United States.
  • It has been illicitly abused for the past 20-30 years and is currently on the rise.
  • The Drug Abuse Warning Network (DAWN) stated that, “Oxycodone-related hospital visits increased from 5,211 visits per year in 1998 to a staggering 10,825 visits per year in 2000.” This continues to grow in size.

Types of Oxycontin

Types of Oxycontin

Oxycodone Brands

Oxycodone Brands