Oxycodone: A Drug

By: Elisa Weber

What is Oxycodone?

Oxycodone is a prescription drug that is meant to alliviate moderate to severe pain. It is supposed to be taken in orally every 12 hours because it is a very powerful pain reliever. It is sometimes called oxycontin.

How is it Taken?

Oxy is mostly taken in orally. But you can inject it, or snort it. Before you inject or snort it, you have to crush the pills. To inject oxy you mix it with water and inject it with a needle into a vein of your choosing. To snort oxy, just snort it. By crushing the tablet, you are destroying the time-release mechanism in the drug, so addicts get a quick and intense rush of relief into their brain right away.

Street Names for Oxycodone

Oxycodone it commonly referred as:

  • oxies
  • oxys
  • OC
  • O
  • oxycotton
  • Kicker
  • Hillbilly Heroin
  • Roxy
  • Killers
  • Blues

What Happens After You Take OC?

Short Term Effects:

After taking oxycodone, the short term effects are constipation, cough suppression, feelings of relaxation, pain relief, euphoria, and sedation, you can also get high on oxycodone. However, the most dangerous short term effect is respiratory depression, which is when a person only inhales less than 12 breaths per minute. The human body needs 18-22 breaths per minute to function properly, 12 or less breaths can be very deadly.

Long Term Effects:

The most severe long term effect from oxy is addiction. After taking oxy for a long period of time, a person can become addicted to it very easily. And if you use oxy for a longer time period, you will feel like you need to take a higher dosage to get the same sense of euphoria as before. And if you take a higher dosage than prescribed, you can get respiratory failure and die.

Signs of Abuse

The usual signs of oxy abuse are constantly thinking about the drug, getting as many prescriptions as possible of oxycodone, hiding the drug around the house, using oxy in secret, or restless thoughts or behavior. Some of the non-usual signs are mood swings, loss of appetite, and headaches. Some of the effects of abuse are nausea, dizziness, loss of appetite, and a dry mouth.

How am I addicted to Oxycodone?

People are addicted to Roxy both psychologically and physically. The psychological aspect of the addiction is that the drug creates a mild state of euphoria in the brain, making the users high. And when you're high, you're relaxed and happy, aka stupid. You have less anxiety and depression, which makes people who have a lot of anxiety and depression issues more likely to abuse this drug, not use it. The physical part of the dependence occurs because oxycodone interferes with the brain and nerve functions. This leads to your brain and nerves being unable to function properly without taking the drug, when you become addicted to oxycodone.
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