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

Heroin

WHAT IS IT?

Heroin is an opiate (narcotic) drug processed from morphine and extracted from certain poppy plants. Heroin comes in a white or brownish powder, or a black sticky substance known as “black tar heroin.” Often “cut” with other drugs or substances such as sugar or powdered milk. User is unaware how much actual heroin is being used, creating likelihood of overdose.

STREET NAMES

Big H, Black Tar, Chiva, Hell Dust, Horse, Negra, Smack, Thunder


HOW IT IS TAKEN

Injected, smoked, or sniffed/snorted. High purity heroin is usually snorted or smoked.

HOW DOES IT AFFECT THE BODY?

  • Highly addictive
  • Initial surge of euphoria or “rush,” followed by a twilight state of sleep and wakefulness
  • Physical symptoms of use include: drowsiness, respiratory depression, constricted pupils, nausea, a warm flushing of the skin, dry mouth, and heavy extremities
  • Overdose symptoms: slow and shallow breathing, blue lips and fingernails, clammy skin, convulsions, coma, and possible death

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