Oxycodone (OXY)

What is it?

Oxycodone is an opioid, or a pain-killer and is medically used to treat severe pain from complications from cancer and arthritis. However, using oxycodone for purposes other than treating severe pain can give the user a high, which is often cheaper to achieve than using other drugs such as heroin. Using oxycodone also increases the effects of other drugs/substances.[1] Oxycodone is listed as a schedule II narcotic analgesic, meaning it has a high risk of abuse, but under correct medical application, it is safe.[2]

Common Prescription Drug Names:

  • OxyContin
  • Vicodin
  • Percodan
  • Dazidox
  • Oxyfast[3]

What health risks are there?


Short term Effects:

  • Constipation
  • Headache
  • Nausea
  • Dizziness
  • Dry Mouth
  • Sweating

Long Term Effects:

  • Addiction
  • Respiratory Failure
  • Headaches
  • Heart Failure
  • Seizures
  • Renal Failure
  • Coma
  • Death


How is it used?


Oxycodone is usually found in pill form but can be also be injected into the body.[4]


[1] http://www.confirmbiosciences.com/informationresources/drug-facts/oxycodone

[2] http://www.livestrong.com/article/79119-longterm-effects-taking-oxycodone/

[3] http://www.mayoclinic.org/drugs-supplements/oxycodone-oral-route/description/drg-20074193

[4] http://www.confirmbiosciences.com/informationresources/drug-facts/oxycodone