Oxycodone is an opioid used to treat moderate to severe pain. Some common brand names are OxyContin, Percodan, and Percocet. It is highly addictive and a contributor to the current opioid epidemic in America. When someone takes Oxycodone, the drug triggers a rush of dopamine in the brain, providing a euphoric high and giving feelings of relaxation, happiness, and drowsiness. Many people develop a tolerance and must increase their dosage to get the same effects, leading to an addiction. When too much of the drug is consumed and the user’s body cannot process it, they may experience nausea and vomiting, low blood pressure, seizures, blue lips and fingernails, muscle damage, coma, and difficulty breathing. An overdose can be deadly and anyone struggling with an Oxycodone addiction should seek treatment immediately.
Although the drug provides effective pain relief for many people, its euphoric effects can quickly cause chemical dependence and addiction when abused. People who misuse may grind up the tablets into a fine powder, which can be injected or snorted. Snorting is a common form of abuse in which people take a crushed-up pill and forcefully breathe it up into the nasal cavity. Snorting oxycodone speeds up the effects of the narcotic on the central nervous system, producing an intense high that’s comparable to that of heroin.