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Oxycodone

SCIENTIFIC TERM:

4,5-epoxy-14-hydroxy-3-methoxy-17-methyl-morphinan-6-one, dihydrohydroxycodeinone.
         
STREET NAME:

Hillbilly Heroin, Oxy’s, Oxycotton, OC’s, Killers, Oceans, O’s, Oxycoffins.
     
EFFECTS:         

Oxycodone is used to relieve severe pain. It works on the nerves and brain to reduce the pain you feel.  Oxycodone can depress breathing, and is used with caution in elderly, debilitated patients, and in patients with serious lung disease. Oxycodone can impair thinking and the physical abilities required for driving or operating machinery

DRUG FORM & METHOD OF  USE:

Oxycodone comes in three different ways.  Capsules, modified-release tablets, oral liquid form, concentrated oral liquid (taken orally) and injection.

HEALTH RISKS (long term) which includes withdrawal & tolerance:

Oxycontin abuse can result in problems in the brain and heart. For example, Oxycontin abuse can result in a build-up of cerebrospinal fluid in the brain, which puts pressure on the tissue. The increase pressure in the skull can cause changes in mental function, such as confusion. Users may become drowsy. Seizures can occur, in which users'' can lose consciousness or muscle control. Oxycontin abuse can also affect the heart''s normal function.  Other effects include low blood pressure and heart failure.  People who abuse Oxycontin may have noticeable changes in their mood and behaviour. For example, users can be pleasant and happy but become irritable or sad quickly. The mood swings can make users unpredictable. Oxycontin abusers may become aggressive or easily agitated. As part of the drug abuse, users may become more secretive and change who they spend time with.  Oxycodone can be habit-forming.

LAW:

Oxycodone is Schedule II/Class A in the U.K., making it illegal to buy or possess without a prescription.

  1.  Oxycodone was developed in 1916 in Frankfurt, Germany as one of several new semi-synthetic Opioids in an attempt to improve on the existing Opioids (Morphine, Heroin and Codeine.
  2. Oxycodone abusers either crush the tablet and ingest or snort it or they dilute it in water and inject it. Crushing or diluting the tablet disarms the timed-release action of the medication, but crushing Oxycodone in this way can give the user a potentially fatal dose.
  3. Because Oxycodone, like Heroin and other Opioids, is a central nervous system depressant, and overdose can cause respiratory failure and death.
  4. Oxycodone produces an initial euphoric effect. It can also produce drowsiness, lowered blood pressure, lowered body temperature, nausea, slowed breathing, decreased pulse rate, and constipation.
  5. Oxycodone has a 8-12 hour duration of action.
  6. Youths are more likely than older adults to misuse Oxycodone.
  7. 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.
  8. The first known death due to Oxycodone overdose in the UK occurred in 2002
  9. Oxycodone is not a new drug. Its addictive and euphoric properties have been public knowledge since the 1920's. The abuse of Oxycodone is not a recent phenomenon either. It has been an issue in the United States since the early 1960s.
  10. Oxycodone has a high abuse potential and is prescribed for moderate to highOxycodone Image pain relief associated with injuries, bursitis, dislocation, fractures, neuralgia, arthritis, and lower back and cancer pain.
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