Are Roxies Pure Oxycodone?
The short answer to this question is yes, roxies are pure oxycodone. “Roxy” is the street name for the pure form of the drug oxycodone. They are also known as blues, berries, 30’s, etc. The name “Roxy” is derived from the brand name of the drug- Roxicodone.
What is Oxycodone?
Oxycodone is a drug that is found in a number of prescription painkillers. It is a semi-synthetic opiate and is derived from the poppy plant. It was developed in order to improve on pain medications like morphine and heroin. It was hoped that oxycodone would be less addictive and better at treating pain, but there is no evidence that it is either.
Why are Roxies abused?
Roxies produce an intense feeling of euphoria when ingested. They are highly addictive, and can produce extreme withdrawal symptoms if you become dependent on them. Roxies work by binding to opioid receptors in the brain. They bind to the same receptors that our bodies’ natural painkillers bind to. Over time, the body stops producing natural painkillers, resulting in opiate dependency.
History of Roxies
Oxycodone was first introduced in the US in 1939, but it was not widely prescribed until the release of Percodan-an oxycodone pill cut with aspirin-in 1950. As more people were prescribed oxycodone, its potential for addiction became more widely known. In 1963, the attorney general of California publicly denounced Percodan abuse as the source of one-third of all drug addictions with the state. As a result, regulation of oxycodone in the United States was increased. In 1970, oxycodone, along with all other opiates, was made a Schedule II drug under the Federal Controlled Substances Act.
In 1995, the Federal Drug Administration approved the manufacture of OxyContin, a time-release version of oxycodone. When the drug was released, concerns and reports of illicit use and abuse began to increase exponentially. Before the release of OxyContin, all formulations of oxycodone contained an NSAID, which limited its potential for abuse. The NSAID component of the drugs also restricted the routes of administration to oral ingestion. When OxyContin was released, abusers realized that they could crush the pill to release pure oxycodone (up to 80mg in one pill), which allowed larger doses and by additional routes of administrations such as intravenous and intranasal. Due to the widespread abuse, especially in rural areas, OxyContin came to be known as “Hillbilly Heroin,” and reports of its abuse flooded the media.
To beat the bad press, manufacturers started adding binders to the formulation so that OxyContin could not be broken down by addicts to shoot or snort.
Enter roxies, the pure form of oxycodone. Unlike OxyContin, roxies were already in the immediate release form, so users didn’t even have to mess with taking off the capsule. Roxies quickly became the formulation of choice by abusers. Since OxyContin was getting such a bad rap, “pill mill” doctors were more than happy to prescribe roxies instead of OxyContin. With a greater supply from shady doctors, there were more roxies available for street sale as well. Roxy addiction has now reached epidemic proportions in the United States, and people are dying every day from roxy overdose.