WHAT IS OXYCODONE?
Oxycodone is a semi-synthetic narcotic analgesic and
historically has been a popular drug of abuse among the
narcotic abusing population.
WHAT IS ITS ORIGIN?
Oxycodone is synthesized from thebaine, a constituent
of the poppy plants.
What are common street names?
Common street names include:
Hillbilly Heroin, Kicker, OC, Ox, Roxy, Perc, and Oxy
What does it look like?
Oxycodone is marketed alone as OxyContin in 10, 20, 40 and
80 mg extended-release tablets and other immediate-release
capsules like 5 mg OxyIR. It is also marketed in combination
products with aspirin such as Percodan or acetaminophen
such as Roxicet.
How is it abused?
Oxycodone is abused orally or intravenously. The tablets are
crushed and sniffed or dissolved in water and injected. Others
heat a tablet that has been placed on a piece of foil then
inhale the vapors.
What is its effect on the mind?
Euphoria and feelings of relaxation are the most common
effects of oxycodone on the brain, which explains its high
potential for abuse.
What is its effect on the body?
Physiological effects of oxycodone include:
Pain relief, sedation, respiratory depression, constipation,
papillary constriction, and cough suppression. Extended or
chronic use of oxycodone containing acetaminophen may
cause severe liver damage
What are its overdose effects?
Overdose effects include:
Extreme drowsiness, muscle weakness, confusion, cold and
clammy skin, pinpoint pupils, shallow breathing, slow heart
rate, fainting, coma, and possible death
Which drugs cause similar effects?
Drugs that cause similar effects to Oxycodone include:
Opium, codeine, heroin, methadone, hydrocodone, fentanyl,
What is its legal status in the United States?
Oxycodone products are in Schedule II of the Controlled
SOURCE: A DEA Resource Guide 2017 Edition