Oxycodone

WHAT IS IT?

Oxycodone is a semi-synthetic opioid drug prescribed for pain as Tylox®, Percodan®, OxyContin®. Derived from the poppy plant, has high potential for abuse.

STREET NAMES

Hillbilly Heroin, Kicker, OC, Ox, Roxy, Perc, Oxy

HOW IT IS TAKEN

  • Pills and tablets chewed or swallowed
  • Inhaling vapors by heating tablet on foil
  • Crushed and sniffed or dissolved in water and injected  

HOW DOES IT AFFECT THE BODY?

  • Feelings of relaxation, euphoria, pain relief
  • Addictive
  • Chronic use of oxycodone with acetaminophen may cause severe liver damage
  • Overdose may lead to coma and possible death

Reference: https://www.justthinktwice.gov/drugs/oxycodone

MAT Resource

SAMSHA has provided a break down of MAT, including information about methadone, buprenorphine, and naltrexone. This information includes what it does, where you can get it, cost, who it works for, research, side effects, warnings, risk to others, effects during pregnancy and more. They also provide videos with people’s own testimony about their MAT journey. SAMSHA provides a chart with the breakdown of the three drugs, allowing you to see the comparison between the three of them in one page.

Follow the link below to learn more about MAT:

https://mat-decisions-in-recovery.samhsa.gov/Default.aspx

Khat

WHAT IS IT?

Khat is a stimulant drug made from the leaves and twigs of the evergreen shrub. The active ingredients in khat are cathine and cathinone.

STREET NAMES

Abyssinian Tea, African Salad, Catha, Chat, Kat, Miraa, Oat, Qat, Quaadka

HOW IT IS TAKEN

Khat can be chewed, used in a tea or chewable paste, smoked, or sprinkled on food.

HOW DOES IT AFFECT THE BODY?

  • Manic behavior with grandiose delusions
  • Chronic use can cause depression and suicide
  • Hallucinations, paranoia, nightmares
  • Euphoria, increased alertness and energy, hyperactivity
  • Increase in blood pressure and heart rate
  • Cardiac complications
  • Insomnia, gastric disorders

Reference: https://www.justthinktwice.gov/drugs/khat