Commercial Names: OxyContin, Percodan, Percocet, Endodan, Endocet, Roxicodone
Common Names/Nicknames: Oxy(s), OCs, oxycotton, perc, hillbilly heroin
Active Compound: Oxycodone
Found in: Synthesized oxycodone
Mode of Consumption: Ingestion, injection, insufflation
DEA Scheduling/Legal Status (in US): Schedule II, legal with prescription with limited or no ability for refill
Euphoria, drowsiness, anesthesia, decreased breathing, nausea, constipation, incontinence, pupil constriction, itchy skin
Acute: Hypoxia, seizures, coma, fatal overdose
Chronic: Addiction, tolerance, withdrawal, weight loss
Inhalation: Increased risk of pulmonary cancer, cardiovascular disease; Insufflation: Nasal septum damage; Injection: Blood-bourne pathogens, pulmonary damage (talcosis), endocarditis, abscess
Males: Impotence; Females: Menstrual irregularities
Dangerous Drug Combinations:
Potentially fatal combination with alcohol, barbiturates, methaqualone, benzodiazepines, and other drugs that suppress breathing.
Oxycodone is a very powerful synthetically modified morphine with high capacity for abuse or addiction. Its abuse is linked with pharmacy robberies.
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Harvard College Student Handbook
Buzzed: The Straight Facts About the Most Used and Abused Drugs from Alcohol to Ecstasy (Third Edition), by Cynthia Kuhn, Scott Swartzwelder, and Wilkie Wilson. Published 2008 by W. W. Norton & Company.
National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA), part of the National Institute of Health (NIH) of the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
U.S. Drug Enforcement Agency (DEA), part of the U.S. Department of Justice.