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OxyContin - Hillbilly Heroin
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Oxycontin - a brand name for the medication Oxycodone - is a prescription medication used to treat moderate to severe pain like that found in cancer, arthritis and other conditions.  Oxycontin, in its prescribed form, is a time-released medication that delivers pain relief over several hours. But it has gained an unsavory reputation over the past few years as an abused drug of choice for many people.  

Common street names for this potent drug include Blue, Hillbilly heroin, Kicker, Oxycotton, OCs, ox and oxy; or 40 (a 40-milligram tablet) or 80 (an 80-milligram tablet).  Abusers experience an immediate, powerful high along with feelings of peacefulness, euphoria, drowsiness and a lack of pain.  Most abusers grind up the pills to snort the powder or to inject it into the bloodstream directly. When the tablet is ground up, the time-released qualities are lost, and the full amount of oxycodone is released, often in fatal doses. Addiction occurs rapidly as tolerance develops. Overdoses are common and deaths due to oxycodone overdose are on the rise.


Extreme itching
u Nausea and vomiting
u Pinpoint pupils, even in dark
u Irregular or depressed breathing and heart rate
u Constipation
u Headache
u Depression of cough reflex
u Necrosis of skin around injection site
u Addiction, tolerance and withdrawal
u Coma, death
u Depression, anxiety
u Sleeplessness, restlessness

People addicted to or dependent on OxyContin experience some or all of the following withdrawal symptoms when they stop using the drug:
u Restlessness
u Muscle and bone pain
u Insomnia
u Diarrhea
u Vomiting
u Cold flashes
u Involuntary leg movements

Someone who takes a large dose of OxyContin risks severe respiratory depression that can lead to death. Inexperienced and new users are at particular risk, because they may be unaware of what constitutes a large dose and have not developed a tolerance for the drug.


Information gathered from various online sites, including the US Dept. of Justice - National Drug Intelligence Center  and Keystone Treatment Center




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