Roxy, Oxy, and Opana

Roxy, Oxy, and Opana

Roxy, oxy and opana are pretty much the crème de la crème for opiate addicts. First it was oxy, then it was roxy, and more recently it has become opana. Opana abuse has increased recently because of the new formulation of roxy, oxy that keep users from being able to break down the pills and shoot them up. Roxy, oxy and opana are all very similar in their effects but roxy, oxy are essentially the same drug: oxycodone. Opana is oxymorphone.

Roxy, oxy and opana: Roxy, oxy

The active ingredient in roxy is oxycodone, so essentially roxy, oxy are one and the same. Oxycodone is also found in Percocet, OxyContin, OxyFast, etc. Some of these meds, such as roxy and oxy, are short acting, while OxyContin is a sustained release medication.

Oxy is an opiate medication prescribed for the treatment of moderate to severe pain. It bears much similarity to hydrocodone, which is most commonly known under the brand name Vicodin. However, oxycodone is believed to be more potent than hydrocodone, making it the drug of choice for many opiate abusers who take the drug for its euphoric effects. In high doses, it can cause shallow breathing, hypotension, circulatory collapse, respiratory arrest and death. Roxy is just one of the name brands of oxy.

Roxy, oxy and opana: Opana

The drug Opana, also known as Oxymorphone, is an opioid pain reliever which is similar to morphine. Reformulated OxyContin (oxy) pills make getting high harder, so opioid abusers are turning to Opana (oxymorphone) instead, according to a July 12, 2012, report in USA Today. As a result, the report added, Opana-related crime, including pharmacy robberies and overdose deaths, as well as treatment for oxymorphone addiction have been rising in several states.

Prior to August 2010, when Purdue Pharma reformulated OxyContin, opioid abusers could crush, break, or dissolve the pills in order to snort or inject the drug, which produces a more rapid high. The new formulation cannot be broken, crushed, or dissolved, so addicts must either take larger quantities of the drug or find another option. In Kentucky, according to USA Today, oxymorphone appeared as a factor in 23% of overdoses in 2011, up from just 2% in 2010. In nearby Ohio, the Ohio Substance Abuse Monitoring Network reported in January 2012 that many opioid abusers said they were using oxymorphone as a replacement for oxy. This is not the first time oxymorphone abuse has been in the spotlight. According to a May 2011 intelligence brief from the Drug Enforcement Administration, oxymorphone abuse was popular during the early 1970s, when many who injected it considered it superior to heroin or morphine. The brief singled out New Castle, Delaware, and Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, as present-day hot spots of oxymorphone abuse.

Other than a drug test, one can use the following symptoms to detect or roxy, oxy and opana abuse:

•Drowsiness, sometimes to the point of nodding off





•Nausea and vomiting


•Low blood pressure

•Respiratory suppression


•Dry mouth


Constricted pupils, although overdose may bring about dilated pupils.

Overdose deaths can occur due to respiratory suppression, especially when oxy, roxy, and opana or any opiate is combined with another drug that suppresses respiration, like another opiate, benzodiazepines or alcohol.

Intravenous Roxy Drug Use

Roxy drug use has become more and more common throughout the United States with doctors prescribing a large amount of pain killers today than ever before. Roxy is the street name for the drug roxicodone. Roxy drug use is a powerful narcotic analgesic (painkiller).  Oxycodone dependency and addiction have existed since the release of the drug in the fifties. However, the other ingredients in the pill limited the dosage and routes of administration of oxycodone. It wasn’t until pharmaceutical companies released pure, high dosage versions of the medication (OxyContin and Roxicodone) in the 90’s that dependence and abuse began to skyrocket. This time period was also when intravenous roxy drug use began its debut.

Intravenous roxy drug use is a method of introducing the drug to the body through a hollow needle and a syringe which is pierced through the skin into the body. Intravenous roxy drug use means the needle is used to put the drug straight into a vein. The act of intravenous roxy drug use is known on the street by many names such as; slamming, shooting, shooting up, banging, pinning, or jacking up. These terms usually differ depending on what drug is being used. 

The effectiveness and ease of intravenous roxy drug use is the reason most people go from merely taking the drug orally, to snorting, and then to shooting it up in no time. Intravenous roxy drug use to someone who is addicted to the drug, is the most effective and easy way to take any kind of drug that can be broken down in water and then filtered into a syringe. Because of the purity of roxy drug use in comparison to other drugs and the ease in which the pill breaks down in water a lot of addicts choose this method of roxy use in comparison to other methods.

Intravenous roxy drug use is so popular amongst those using the drug recreationally because of the increased bio availability (the percent of the drug that actually enters the blood stream) of the drug when it is “shot up” and also the quickness in which the effects of the roxies take hold. Intravenous roxy drug use takes hold in about five to ten seconds, creating what some addicts experience as a “rush”. Rushes of intravenous roxy drug use are the experience of feeling the drug almost immediately or “rush” into your brain and body. Many roxy addicts will chase or try to experience this rush more than the effects of the drug itself.

There are multiple advantages of intravenous roxy drug use; from the increased effect, to more efficient usage, to bypassing the digestive system, and the decrease in harm to the lungs or mucous membranes, but there are also some serious disadvantages to intravenous roxy drug use.

Some of the more serious disadvantages of intravenous roxy drug use are an increased chance of infection. Sharing needles when using roxy intravenously can spread blood borne diseases such as Hepatitis C and HIV. Another infection of intravenous roxy drug use could be abcesses. Abscesses are infections of the injection site and are caused by a lack of cleanliness when shooting up roxys. Some other disadvantages to intravenous roxy drug use are increased chance of overdose, scarring or damaging veins, arterial damage or damage in the heart, increased chance of addiction, and the severely negative social stigma against intravenous roxy drug use.

Intravenous roxy drug use is a growing problem and is extremely dangerous for those that are inexperienced in the act. While the effectiveness and the efficiency of roxy drug use may be increased by using it intravenously it also raises the chances of something seriously going wrong. Intravenous roxy drug use can result in death almost immediately in more than one way. Intravenous roxy drug use was common and is becoming more and more common as the use of narcotic painkillers is becoming more common.