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OxyContin / Oxycondone

OxyContin is a brand-name for the drug Oxycodone, which is a pain-relieving medicine prescribed by doctors. Derived from opiates, this addictive drug is used to treat moderate to severe pain. Recreational users obtain and use Oxycodone to experience its euphoric effects. The increase use of prescription Oxycodone by recreational users has generated more overdose deaths than either heroin or cocaine in North America.

Oxycodone an Opioids

An opioid is a synthetic or partly synthetic drug, parts of it or the whole can not be found in nature it is partly or fully man-made. Common opioids are Demerol, Methadone, Percocet , Oxycodone and heroin to name a few.

An opiate is a drug that comes from the opium poppy flower and can be found in nature. Common opiates are morphine and codeine; both are directly made from the poppy plant.

Canada is the second highest consumer of opiates in the world; this includes the prescription opioid Oxycodone, which comes in other forms combine with other ingredients or drugs.


Prescription Drugs

The high

The effects of Oxycodone is a slight euphoric state of mind and warm feeling it is possible to get high on Oxycodone even if you are taking the drug as prescribed. It can slightly lift your mood and lessens your anxiety.

Oxycodone works by blocking pain messages to the brain so the drug temporarily stops feelings of physical pain. It makes the user drowsy.

Side Effects

Oxycodone comes with negative side effects which includes;

    • nausea and
    • constipation
    • trouble breathing

Oxycodone Allergy

Some people have allergic reactions to this drug, there allergy symptoms include;

    • rash around the mouth
    • tightening of the throat or
    • swelling of the throat and mouth

Seek immediate help if these symptoms appear

The Forms of Oxycodone

Oxycodone can be provided as a stand alone medication and can also be found in other medications as its main ingredient. Here are some examples:

  • Oxycodone in combination with non medical fillers will have the name of OxyContin, Roxicodone and OxyIR.
  • Oxycodone combined with aspirin is called Percodan, Endodan and Roxiprin
  • Oxycodone combined with ibuprofen is Combunox
  • Oxycodone combined with acetaminophen (sometimes called paracetamol) is Percocet, Endocet, Tylox and Roxicet.

If you were prescribed any of these medications use it sparingly, their potential for dependency is high.

Street names

Cotton, Hillbilly Heroin, Kicker, OCs, Ox, Os, Oxy, Pills, 40, 40-Bar, 80.

A few facts on Oxycodone:

    • Oxycodone is highly addictive
    • If consumed in high dosage a medical Detox can be necessary
    • OxyContin is a time release pain reliever that can be crushed to by-pass the time release agent.
    • Considered a ‘legal heroin’ because of its chemical similarity to heroin and just as deadly and hard to kick. Both have a high potential for addiction, tolerance and dependence.
    • Oxycodone mimics the effects heroin has on the body and mind
    • Because heroin is cheaper and more readily available than Oxys addicted people will interchanged them depending on the availability.
    • Oxycodone Withdrawal is painful, less then 5 per cent succeed others will go back to it or will end up on other forms of opiates.
    • Doctors are not trained in pharmacology and base their decision to prescribe opioids on information given by the manufacturer.
    • Buying oxycodone pills on the street (with unknown origins) can be dangerous because they can contain toxic impurities and the pills sometimes do not have the dosage they say they have so the person will take more to have the desired high. If and when the person gets the opportunity for prescription oxys with the same “milligrams’ as they did with the street drug there is a danger of overdose.
    • Death and addiction caused by prescription opioids is becoming an epidemic and it thought to surpass those of illicit drugs.

If you are experiencing Oxycodone withdrawal symptoms or any other opioids such as hydrocodone, Percacet, Percodan, etc. or if you have tried to stop but can not on your own call one of our counselors today.





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