Oxycodone is a drug in the classification of opioids (narcotics), which includes morphine, codeine, fentanyl and hydrocodone. Oxycodone is found in a number of prescription drugs including Percocet, Percodan and Tylox.
It elevates levels of the neurotransmitter dopamine, which is linked with pleasurable experiences.
It is used to control pain. People abuse oxycodone to experience a euphoric high. Oxycodone can vary in its shape and form depending on whether it is in its generic form or is in brand-name drugs. It also varies by dosage. If you are unsure about any medication including oxycodone, you should contact your doctor or pharmacist before taking it.
What Are Street Names and Why Are They Used?
Street names are simply nicknames used on the street or among those in a drug culture. These nicknames are created as a code which allows a person to talk about a particular drug without admitting that he or she is involved in drug dealing or drug addiction.
Street names also create an allure to drugs and make the person using the nickname feel cool or in the “in” crowd.
Street Names for Oxycodone
Just like every major drug, oxycodone has its own street names. Most often street names are derived by some characteristic of the drug such as its name, shape, color, or number imprinted on it. Sometimes it is a combination of all of those elements.
- Blue – This is a reference to the color of the pill itself, but it is not the most popular nickname because many drugs come in the form of a blue pill.
- Kicker – This is a common street name for oxycodone. Rather than describing the pill, however, this nickname describes what the drug can do to a person once the key ingredient is released throughout the body. It often makes people feel high creating a mental and physical “kick.”
- Percs – This street name is a reference to the brand-name Percocet, which contains oxycodone.
- 512s – This is a reference to a generic brand of Percocet that prints 512 on the pill.
- Hillbilly heroin – This was originally named for another drug (hydromorphine), but the term is now used for oxycodone as well as OxyContin.
- OC – This is just an abbreviation of the name oxycodone. It is also used interchangeably with OxyContin.
It is important to note that sometimes street names of drugs within the same classification (like opiates) are often used interchangeably. For example, OxyContin is only one form of oxycodone, but many of the street names for it are used just as the names for oxycodone. The drug Roxiprin contains oxycodone, and its street name is “roxi,” but many people use that same nickname for oxycodone.
Getting Help for Your Oxycodone Addiction
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