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Roxicodone: Detox is First Step in Beating Addiction
You’ve probably heard of OxyContin, oxycodone and hydrocodone. Less familiar to most people, but plenty familiar to abusers on the streets, is Roxicodone, often referred to by the slang term “roxy”, and the plural “roxies”.
Roxicodone is frequently misspelled as “roxycodone” — using a “y” where the “i” should be — because its active ingredient is the well-known (and highly addictive) narcotic painkiller oxycodone.
Here in Florida, Roxicodone is also mistakenly called “roxycontin” or “roxicontin”, another easy mistake to make because oxycodone is also the active narcotic in the notoriously dangerous OxyContin, the time-release version of oxycodone.
Also in Florida, Roxicodone, OxyContin and oxycodone are often in the news. The media has been regularly reporting on police raids of pill mills across the state, which are the main sources of the drugs. And reports of frequent pharmacy robberies almost always mention one or another of these drugs.
Roxicodone is simply the name of a generic (not patented) immediate-release narcotic painkiller containing the active ingredient oxycodone. If a pill bottle says Roxicodone on it, it is basically identical to a label saying oxycodone.
The facts are, no matter how it’s spelled or what you call it, Roxicodone is oxycodone by another name, one of the most dangerous drugs of abuse in Florida and across the country.
In Florida, Roxicodone abuse often starts with crime
Here in Florida, Roxicodone abuse and related crimes are frequently the subject of news reports. Roxies, along with oxycodone and its sister drug hydrocodone, and almost always the big bad brother OxyContin, are routinely the main targets of pharmacy break-ins and armed robberies.
Such crimes are becoming commonplace across the country, and also becoming more and more violent. Just this week, robbers in Detroit, Michigan, backed a pickup truck right through the front of a pharmacy and ransacked the place for drugs.
The thieves grabbed stacks of other drugs, many of which the cops found discarded outside as the crooks made their getaway on foot, leaving the truck sticking out the smashed front of the store. The pharmacist later told police she doesn’t stock “dangerous narcotics such as OxyContin”.
In Massachusetts this week, a Cape Cod police drug task force busted two pushers who had 11,000 oxycodone pills in their possession, with a street value of roughly $300,000. The pair also had $115,000 cash on them. This story echoes an earlier Cape Cod story about drug crime, in what has traditionally been a peaceful, sleepy vacation center.
The cops said all the oxycodone pills came from Florida, the easiest state in the nation to get oxycodone, Roxicodone, OxyContin, hydrocodone and any other narcotic painkiller, because of decades of lax laws governing prescription drug dispensing.
Oxycodone (including Roxicodone), and its sister drug hydrocodone, were among the drugs most frequently associated with Florida overdose deaths over the past few years. Not long ago, Florida’s Lieutenant Governor Jeff Kottkamp told the media that deaths involving prescription drugs “more often than not involve the dangerous painkiller oxycodone.”
Roxicodone dependence or addiction is no surprise
The numbers of people becoming dependent on or addicted to Roxicodone in Florida is not surprising, considering how easy the drug has been to obtain, and the addictive nature of the drug itself.
Roxicodone is an opioid, synthesized from opium-derived “thebaine”, one of the opiate constituents of the opium poppy. The terms “opiate” and “opioid” are often used interchangeably, but opiate refers only to the natural alkaloids found in opium poppies. The term “opioid” describes man-made, or synthesized, versions of opiates.
Roxicodone comes in 5 milligram (white), 15 milligram (green), and 30 milligram (blue) tablets; in a 5 milligrams per 5 milliliter oral solution; and in a 20 milligrams per milliliter liquid concentrate. The 5 milligram white tabs were scheduled to be phased out a year ago, ordered by the Food and Drug Administration because these tablets in the U.S. lacked approvals.
Roxicodone is designed to have an immediate release effect for rapid pain relief. Unfortunately for thousands of people, the more you take, the more you need to get relief. Eventually (and this can sometimes take quite a while) opioids eventually increase pain — a condition called opioid-induced hyperalgesia — which leads to greater and greater doses, which in turn creates more pain. The patients, or abusers, have no idea the pain they are trying to treat is being caused by the painkiller.
And if you are skeptical about the amounts of oxycodone (and Roxicodone) being consumed by Americans, here are some recent statistics:
The International Narcotics Control Board estimates that 11.5 tons of oxycodone were manufactured worldwide in 1998. This soared to 75.2 tons in 2007, and the United States consumed 82% of it. Also in 2007, Americans consumed more oxycodone per capita than anywhere else, followed by Canada, Denmark, Australia, and Norway.
Roxicodone side effects should be enough to put anyone off
Official information about oxycodone, which would include Roxicodone as well, covers a long and ugly list of side effects, dangers and contraindications which you would think would keep almost anyone away from it. But the legitimate need for pain relief, or the illegitimate need to get high, are often too strong to be denied.
Emergency medical help is needed for any of these signs of allergic reaction:
- difficulty breathing
- swelling of face, lips, tongue, or throat
A doctor should be called immediately if you have:
- shallow breathing
- slow heartbeat
- seizures (convulsions)
- cold, clammy skin
- severe weakness or dizziness
- feeling light-headed, fainting
Common but less serious side effects include:
- loss of appetite
- tired feeling
- dry mouth
The list of contraindications is considerable. Don’t take Roxies until you have carefully read through these conditions, and talked to your doctor. If you are contemplating recreational use of roxies, think again; the risks can be fatal.
Florida’s Roxicodone detox specialists
Novus Medical Detox Center provides cutting-edge Roxicodone detox, smoothly and quickly getting you on your way to a new drug-free life.
This is not a “one size fits all” detox. Every Novus patient receives a personalized program designed to match his or her physical, mental and emotional requirements. You are cared for by medical personnel around the clock.
The degree and duration of withdrawal symptoms associated with Roxicodone detox are minimized through the latest Novus Roxicodone medical detox protocols. Completion of the Roxicodone detox at Novus is a routine occurrence.
You can do it. You can achieve a drug-free life now at Novus.
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