Oxycodone is an opiod and a narcotic pain medication used to treat severe pain. As one of the most abused opiods, Oxycodone is part of the leading health crisis in America due to the excessive addiction rate and increasing fatal overdoses. Of particular concern is the number of teens and young adults, now using opiods as it can be bought on the street very cheaply. In 2018. In the National Survey on Drug Use and Health: Trends in Prevalence of Various Drugs found that opiod use began as young as twelve years old. In 2019, 8th graders through high school teens were using opiods at a higher rate. And this has caused the NIDA to update their opiod research findings in 2020 to get a more accurate handle on the saturation level in young people who are regularly using these drugs.

Commonly Brand Names: Oxaydo, OxyContin, Oxyfast, Roxicodone, RoxyBond, Xtampza ER; oxycodone is also present in the following combination drugs: Combunox, Endocet, Endodan, Moxduo, Oxycodan, Percocet, Percodan, Primlev, Roxicet, Xartemis XR, and others.

Symptoms

When combined with alcohol, Oxycodone use can lead to dangerous side effects or death. Other symptoms include:
  • Dizziness or worsening tiredness or weakness
  • loss of motor skills
  • noisy breathing, sighing, shallow breathing
  • sleep apnea
  • a slow heart rate or weak pulse
  • cold, clammy skin
  • a light-headed feeling, like you might pass out
  • confusion, unusual thoughts or behavior
  • seizure (convulsions)
  • nausea, vomiting, loss of appetite
Opioid medication can also interact with many other drugs (including seizure medication, medications for depression, anxiety or other mental illnesses, migraine headache treatment, cold or allergy medication and many more, leading to dangerous side effects or death.

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