Roxicodone (Roxicet)

The U.S. is rather infamous for being the largest consumer of illicit drugs in the world.  Federal law permits use of some of these drugs by medical practitioners to treat various diseases.

One such drug is Roxicodone, or Oxycodone hydrochloric, as called in scientific parlance. First developed in Germany, Roxicodone has been prescribed for almost 100 years now as a painkiller.

Roxicodone is often prescribed both for mild and severe pains, as well as to calm mental nerves before surgery. Roxys can be taken orally, through intravenous injections and rectally. In the oral form, Roxicodone can be almost twice as effective as morphine, whereas if taken in intramuscular form it is only 50% as effective as morphine.

Furthermore, there are time release and continuous release formulations of the tablets which are given in specific circumstances. However, there has been considerable Roxy abuse taking place in the form of diversion and unsupervised dosage.

Roxicodone, also known as “hillbilly heroin,” has made its way into the list of Schedule II drug as per the Controlled Substances Act because of the high potential of abuse. However, it seems that the inclusion is not helping matters that much. The fact is that you will find many people who are abusing Roxicodone and the instances of such hazardous use has been rising constantly since the second half of the 1990s.

Roxicodone Slang Terms:

  • Roxycodone
  • roxy
  • roxys
  • roxies
  • blues
  • blueberries
  • hillbilly heroin
  • little guys
  • pain killers

Roxicodone Effects:

This drug can lead to two kinds of dependencies: physical and psychological.  Physical addiction is where your body will keep asking for more of it.  Mental addiction is where the body does not need it, but your mind craves for it. Usually, most people who are recreational users develop mental dependencies prior to its physical addiction.

When a person is on Roxicodone, the effect will be much like heroin. The brain’s chemistry will change and you will experience a false euphoria. A person abusing roxys will feel tired and dizzy and begin to believe that the world around them does not exist. The experience can be so unreal and addictive that the Roxy addict will want to be on a ‘high’ everyday, and this will ruin a person socially and economically. Further, an overdose or daily intake, because of dependency, will also ruin the body’s nervous system.

Beside these, other side effects associated with Roxicodone abuse are swelling, urination problem, severe allergies, irregular heartbeat, etc.

Reasons for widespread Roxicodone usage:

You can blame this on over prescribing, fraudulent prescriptions, aggressive marketing by pharmaceutical companies, unawareness about its harmful effects among the general public, and pharmacy theft. The Government Accountability Office also identified the following primary factors of its widespread use:

  • Roxicodone has a larger amount of addictive properties as compared to other painkillers.
  • Addicts have found out that when Roxy tablets are crushed and snorted or injected, the inherent properties make this more powerful for addiction. This happens because when crushed, the contents are released more rapidly. Yes, there is a warning label, but those who are dependent on Roxicodone for addiction do not pay any heed.
  • Many among those who were prescribed Roxicodone sold it off to others, and this included even drug dealers for profit.

As per Section 829, all drugs that are in the Schedule II list must be sold only on the prescription of an authorized doctor – but this does not happen always. There can also be some legal exceptions to this.

For example, what do you do when you are in severe pain and it is an emergency and you simply cannot reach your doctor? Perhaps the practitioner is away on a conference or vacation, and obviously you cannot wait till the person returns. In such cases, an oral prescription is also legal. There can however always be loopholes in the system, and those who are looking for Roxicodone to feed their addiction are in search of such opportunities.

Measures taken by the authorities, courts, and pharmaceutical companies:

a)    In recent times, the DEA has tried to check the widespread availability of Roxicodone so that its abuse and dependency can be reduced. Yes, there has been an improvement in monitoring, but the fact remains that much more must be done. Those who make an attempt to get a prescription for Roxicodone for non-medical use and pass it on for trafficking are today punishable by law, and it can lead to imprisonment as well. But even with such regulations, the instances of abuse remain high in many parts of the US.

b)    In those states of the country that border Mexico, the problem of Roxicodone dependency is even more serious because Roxys are often smuggled in. Though authorities are trying their best to control smuggling and trafficking, the fact remains that easy availability is only making matters worse.

c)     Adverse court rulings on aggressive marketing strategies of pharmaceutical companies for the sale of Roxicodone have also checked its promotion.

d)    A new study was carried out in 2005 on the most hazardous addictive drugs in the US, and Roxicodone topped this list. Roxy manufacturing companies have also attempted to change properties of the drug so that crushing the tablet would not lead to addiction. However, FDA noted in 2008 that Roxy abusers were still using the drug as they have found a way to manipulate it for addiction.

In fact, according to the DEA, as many as 1.9 million people in the US have used Roxicodone for illicit purposes. Apart from the US, illegal use of Roxys has also been reported from Australia, Canada, UK, Germany, and Hong Kong. So the problem of Roxicodone abuse and dependency has now become worldwide.

Roxicodone Treatment

To decrease the widespread dependency on Roxicodone, users are advised to get treatment from a drug and alcohol rehab center. If you know someone who is abusing Roxys, you must ask him/her to join an addiction treatment program. But do keep in mind that there will be Roxy withdrawal symptoms and getting out of it will not be easy. But with time and effort, Roxicodone dependency can be treated.

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