Oxycodone is an opiate commonly prescribed to treat moderate to severe pain. A naturally-occurring opiate alkaloid called thebaine is the building block of this semi-synthetic opiate drug. Marketed under the brand name OxyContin, Percodan, or Roxicet, oxycodone is classified as a Schedule II substance in the US Controlled Substances Act, which means it has a high potential for misuse, despite its medical purposes.
OxyContin vs. Oxycodone: What’s the Difference?
If you’re wondering about the difference between OxyContin and oxycodone, they are essentially the same thing. Oxycodone is an opioid drug that is the main ingredient in many prescription medications, including OxyContin, Percocet, and Percodan. As such, OxyContin is the brand name of an opioid medication that contains the time-release version of oxycodone. Many medical […]
List of Prescription Opioids Strongest to Weakest
Prescription opioids are some of the most commonly used drugs to treat pain. However, consistent misuse of these drugs continues to be an ongoing epidemic in the U.S. and elsewhere. More than 191 million opioid prescriptions were dispensed to Americans in 2017, and in 2018, about 9.9 million Americans over the age of 12 reported […]
10 Dangerous Alcohol and Drug Combinations
Abusing drugs and alcohol simultaneously is common in America, but it doesn’t come without serious risks. In 2011, there were 606,653 Emergency Department visits involving alcohol, and many of these also involved other drugs.1 Research findings also show people who are addicted to alcohol are much more likely than the general population to also abuse […]
What’s in a Name: Street Names for 21 Commonly Abused Drugs
What are “Street Names” for Drugs? Street names are slang terms that are used to refer to certain drugs. These names might be used by dealers or drug users to conceal the true meanings of discussions or deals involving drug sales, production, or abuse. Although the slang terms used to refer to different drugs are […]
Oxycodone vs. Hydrocodone: What’s the Difference?
Hydrocodone and oxycodone are both Schedule II drugs and prescription opioid painkillers, but what is the difference between oxycodone and hydrocodone? And do they have any similarities? In this blog, we’ll discuss the uses of both drugs, as well as side effects, withdrawal, addiction, and opioid detox treatment.
How to Recognize Prescription Drug Abuse
Prescription drug abuse is much more common than you might think. In 2016 alone, 3.3 million people ages 12 and over abused prescription painkillers (narcotics) and 2.9 million people ages 12 and over abused prescription psychotherapeutics excluding pain relievers. But narcotic abuse is not the only common form of prescription drug misuse. Tranquilizers like Valium […]