In recent years, the conversation surrounding prescription drugs, specifically opioids, has taken center stage in medical, social, and political arenas. With the mounting opioid epidemic and the tragic tales of dependency, addiction, and overdose, there's a growing need for awareness and understanding about the medications that play a role in this crisis.

One such medication that often comes up in these discussions, sometimes referred to as "roxies," is Roxicodone. But what are roxies, and why have they become a focal point in the conversation about opioids?

The term "roxies" might, at first glance, seem innocuous. It might even sound like the name of a trendy new band or perhaps a stylish brand of clothing. However, within addiction medicine, this term is laden with much more gravity. "Roxies" is one of the common terms for Roxicodone, a prescription opioid medication. With the backdrop of the devastating opioid crisis that has swept across nations, understanding the ins and outs of drugs like Roxicodone is of paramount importance not just for medical professionals, but for patients, families, and the broader community.


Fact #1: Roxicodone is a Prescription Opioid

Roxicodone is a brand name for oxycodone hydrochloride, an opioid analgesic. Opioids are a class of drugs that includes the illegal drug heroin as well as legally prescribed pain relievers like oxycodone, hydrocodone, codeine, morphine, and many others. Roxicodone pills are prescribed to treat moderate to severe pain when around-the-clock pain relief is required for an extended period.

Roxicodone works by changing the way the brain and nervous system respond to pain. It does this by binding to opioid receptors in the brain, spinal cord, and other areas of the body, reducing the perception of pain and emotional response to pain. However, when misused or taken differently than prescribed, Roxicodone can produce a euphoric high, making it a target for misuse.


Fact #2: Roxicodone Can Cause Addiction and Overdose

Due to its potent effects and the euphoria it can produce, Roxicodone has a high potential for excessive use, dependency, and addiction.

  • Tolerance: Over time, one might need to take more of the drug to achieve the same pain relief. This is known as developing a tolerance. As the dosage increases, so does the risk of side effects and overdose.
  • Dependence: With regular use, even as prescribed, one can become dependent on Roxicodone. This means that the body has become accustomed to the drug and may not function normally without it.
  • Overdose: Taking too much Roxicodone or mixing it with other substances, especially alcohol, can lead to a potentially fatal overdose. Symptoms of overdose include slow or stopped breathing, pinpoint pupils, unconsciousness, and death.

Abruptly discontinuing Roxicodone can pose significant risks, particularly if used for an extended period. One of the immediate concerns of sudden cessation is the onset of withdrawal symptoms, which can resemble a severe flu-like illness. Individuals might experience muscle aches, nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, excessive sweating, anxiety, rapid heartbeat, and disturbances in sleep.

Beyond the physical discomfort, there's also a psychological aspect. Chronic users of Roxicodone may develop a psychological dependence, leading them to rely on the drug to feel normal or manage daily stresses. Suddenly stopping can intensify feelings of depression or anxiety, creating a challenging mental and emotional landscape.

Perhaps one of the most acute dangers is the increased risk of overdose. After stopping, if someone decides to resume taking Roxicodone, their previously tolerated dosage might now be lethal due to a reduced tolerance. Abruptly stopping its intake without an effective detox program can have severe and potentially life-threatening consequences.

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Fact #3: Roxicodone Has Many Different Street Names

"Roxies" is just one of many street names for Roxicodone. Others include "blues," "30s," “blueberries,” and "little blues." The drug's popularity on the streets is due to its potential for producing euphoria when crushed, snorted, or injected. This method of consumption bypasses the time-release mechanism of the pill, leading to a rapid and intense high.

Misusing Roxicodone by altering its form and taking it in ways not prescribed is dangerous and increases the risk of addiction, overdose, and death. It's essential to be aware of these street names and methods of misuse to better identify and address potential issues in loved ones or the community.


Fact #4: Roxicodone Is Part of the Opioid Epidemic

The United States is in the midst of an opioid epidemic. According to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, nearly 450,000 people died from an overdose involving any opioid, including prescription and illicit opioids, from 1999 to 2018.

Roxicodone, among other prescription opioids, played a significant role in the initial phases of the epidemic. The widespread prescription of opioids led to a vast segment of the population being exposed to these potent drugs. Over time, it became evident that opioids, including Roxicodone, had a high potential for misuse and addiction. Many patients who were initially prescribed Roxicodone for valid medical reasons found themselves becoming dependent on the drug. Additionally, the immediate-release formulations of Roxicodone became particularly prevalent in misuse, as they could be easily crushed and then snorted or injected, delivering a rapid and intense high.

While measures have been taken to reduce prescription opioid use, including tighter regulations and better prescribing practices, illicitly produced opioids have filled the void, leading to a continuous problem.


Fact #5: Recovery from Roxies is Possible

If someone is struggling with Roxicodone addiction or any form of opioid misuse, it's crucial to seek help immediately. At the Coleman Institute, we use a highly effective rapid detox methodology that utilizes Naltrexone Therapy to help mitigate withdrawal symptoms and curb cravings to help prevent relapse. In fact, the Coleman Method has helped 98% of our patients successfully complete detox over the past two decades.

Understanding "roxies'' or Roxicodone is essential, especially in today's environment where the opioid epidemic continues to claim lives. Whether you're a concerned family member or someone seeking help from Roxicodone dependence, being informed can make a difference. By recognizing the risks, signs of misuse, and available treatments, we can collectively take steps toward a safer and healthier society.

Are you ready to start your recovery story? Schedule a callback to learn more about the Coleman Institute and how we help patients reclaim their lives from opioids like Roxicodone.


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