Are Roxys Worse Than Heroin?

Are Roxys Worse Than Heroin?

Roxys, slang for Roxicodone – a brand name for the generic oxycodone, is basically heroin in a pill form. It is an opioid, narcotic painkiller that is highly addictive. Roxys can be swallowed, smoked, crushed and snorted, or mixed with water and injected – all just like heroin.

Roxys Worse than Heroin: Social Acceptance

What makes roxys worse than heroin, in a way, is their social acceptance. Roxicodone and Roxicet are legal by prescription whereas heroin is a known illicit “street drug.” People who are prescribed roxys by their doctors are more likely to follow doctors’ orders without asking questions about the drug they are being given. Roxicodone is a powerfully potent narcotic that has the same incidence of addictiveness as heroin.

Roxys Worse than Heroin: Accessibility

Roxy is arguably worse than heroin because it is a lot more accessible than heroin. Whereas heroin is only available on the street, roxys can be found in many home medicine cabinets. More and more high school students and college students are taking painkillers like roxycodone because their parents or their friends’ parents leave their prescription bottles lying around. Also, people who they themselves have been prescribed roxys due to a legitimate condition with pain become hooked and can simply get their doctors to keep prescribing the painkillers. And, roxys like heroin can be bought “on the street,” too.

Roxys Worse than Heroin: Physical Dependence

Roxys come in 15, 20, and 30 mg and it is said that a 30mg pill of Roxicodone or Roxicet is the equivalent to one bag of heroin but that is not a trusted way to compare the two, since heroin potency can vary from bag to bag and batch to batch.

The withdrawal from roxys and heroin can range from mild to severe, depending on how much and how long you have been taking either drug. Withdrawal symptoms usually begin six to 30 hours after last use and can be compared to flu-like in nature. People who are physically dependent on roxys or heroin will experience agitation, anxiety, muscle aches, watery eyes, insomnia, runny nose, sweating, and constant yawning when they suddenly stop using, or go cold turkey. Also, restless legs (and arms, neck, hands, and feet) also called “the jimmies,” anxiety, and depression are all part and parcel of opiate withdrawal. These symptoms are virtually the same for both roxy users and heroin users.

Some people say withdrawal from roxies is worse than heroin and other say that heroin withdrawal is worse. It really depends on the individual, how much they have been using, for how long, and the number of times they have gone cold turkey. Because, every time you “kick” is like a shock to the system and so each time gets worse and worse.

Roxys Worse than Heroin: Overdose

Both heroin and roxys are a central nervous system depressant which means that, if you take too much, your breathing can be slowed to a halt. This is when overdose occurs. Many times, people simply fall asleep and stop breathing when they have taken too much of either drug. Heroin may be slightly worse than roxys in this capacity because its potency is never exactly known whereas, a 30mg roxy pill is always 30mg. But, people abusing roxys and heroin have the same tendency to overdo it, leading to tragic repercussions.

So, Are Roxys Worse than Heroin?

Basically, these drugs are one in the same and are both extremely potent and addictive. Because of their social acceptance and accessibility, it can be argued that roxys are worse than heroin.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Sources:

http://www.drugsense.org/

http://alcoholism.about.com/

Teenage girls and prescription drug abuse

Teenage Girls and Prescription Drug Abuse

Teenage girls and prescription drug abuse

What is prescription drug abuse?

Prescription drug abuse is when someone takes a prescription drug that was prescribed for someone else of in a manner or dosage other than what was prescribed. Prescription drug abuse for teens can include taking a friend’s or relative’s prescription to get high, treat pain, or because they think it will help with studying.

The most commonly abused prescription drugs among teenagers are opioids, central nervous system depressants, and stimulants. Opioids are prescription drugs such as OxyContin and Vicodin which are painkillers. Central nervous system depressants are drugs such as Xanax and Valium. Stimulants are drugs such as Ritalin and Adderall. Stimulants are the most commonly abused prescription drugs out of all of them.

Among teenagers aged 12 to 17 years old, 7.4% reported non-medical use of prescription medication which qualifies as prescription drug abuse. Prescription drugs and over-the-counter drugs are among the most commonly abused drugs by seniors in high school only after marijuana and tobacco. Teenagers who dabble with prescription drug abuse are also much more likely to report use of other drugs such as cocaine, alcohol and hallucinogens.

Many teenagers abuse prescription drugs in order to get high, treat pain, or because they think it will help them with their school work.

Recent research is showing that American teenage girls have caught up with boys in their rates of smoking cigarettes and drinking alcohol. In 2004, 1.5 million girls started using alcohol, 730,000 girls started smoking, and 675,000 started using marijuana, according to the 2004 National Survey on Drug Use and Health.

This wasn’t always the case. Teenage girls are also now more likely to abuse prescription drugs like pain pills and ADHD medication than boys. According to SAMHSA teenage prescription drug abuse is on the rise and teen girls are leading the way. 9.9% of girls vs. 8.2% of boys used prescription drugs in a manner other than prescribed. Girls between 12 and 17 had higher rates of dependence or prescription drug abuse than boys in the same age range. This may be because teenage girls and prescription drug abuse has a different reason than that of their counterparts the teenage boys.

According to a survey by NIDA which asked hundreds of teens their motivation for abusing prescription drugs, teenage boys were more likely to use them to get high and experiment while teenage girls use them to help them concentrate or stay alert. In other words, teenage girls use prescription drugs to “self-medicate” or “self-treat” for a specific purpose.  Teenage girls tend to use prescription drugs to help their mood, boost their confidence, and cope with problems. A desire to lose weight also contributes to prescription drug abuse; teenage girls pop diet pills four times more than boys.

There is a dark side to teenage girls and prescription drug abuse. For instance teenage girls who smoke, drink, and take prescription drugs are at a higher risk for depression, addiction and stunted growth. Also, because prescription drug abuse can lead to substance abuse it usually goes hand in hand with risky sexual behavior causing them to become more likely to contract a sexually transmitted disease or become pregnant.

Prescription drug abuse does not have to go on forever and there is help for it. Attending a drug and alcohol rehab can quickly help any teenage girl or boy to overcome their prescription drug abuse problem and they can hopefully do this before it’s too late.

Sources:

http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2006/02/08/AR2006020802228.html

http://teens.drugabuse.gov/blog/girls-and-boys-have-different-reasons-for-prescription-drug-use/

Roxies: The New Teen Drug of Choice

While teens are using fewer “street” drugs like heroin or cocaine, the rates of abuse of prescription pills like roxies is on the rise. Roxy is the street name for the drug oxycodone. It is derived from the brand name of the medication, Roxicodone. Roxy pills generally come in 15 or 30 mg pills. It is an immediate release form of oxycodone, unlike the time-release form of the drug: OxyContin. Roxies are pure form of oxycodone; they do not contain ibuprofen, acetaminophen, or aspirin, like other oxycodone-containing products (i.e. Percodan, Percocet, and Tylox).

Roxies are narcotic painkillers. They are in the same class of drugs as heroin-opiates. The commonality of teen use of roxies can be attributed to many different factors. The use and abuse of prescription drugs is viewed differently by most people than abuse of the so-called “street drugs.” It is more socially acceptable to take prescription opioid medications than, say, heroin. It is thought that prescription drugs are safer than street drugs because their manufacture is regulated. Also, there is a false sense of safety because a doctor prescribes these medications. Many also mistakenly think that prescription drug abuse is not illegal, or carries a less severe penalty than abuse of street drugs.

Teens can get roxies and other narcotic painkillers by raiding the medicine cabinet of their parents and other relatives. Street sales of roxies are also reaching epidemic proportions. They are easy to get, and the drug use trends of teens reflect this. Teens abuse prescription painkillers like roxies more than any other drug besides marijuana.

Roxies are part of a highly addictive class of drugs. Even short term or occasional use can lead to physical dependence and addiction. Roxies mimic natural painkilling neurotransmitters in the brain, which is what creates the “high” when they are used. With continues roxy use, the brain produces less of these substances, which causes roxy withdrawal to be very painful.

Roxies can also cause a dangerous suppression of breathing, especially when combined with alcohol and other drugs. In some states, like Florida, death from prescription drug overdose is now more common than car accident fatalities.

If you suspect your teen is using roxies, here are some signs you can look for:

  1. Unexplainable financial problems
  2. Hanging out with people who use roxies
  3. Missing work or school or losing interest in activities they once enjoyed
  4. Extreme mood swings
  5. “Doctor shopping”: Seeing more than one doctor to treat the same problem.
  6. Unpredictable behavior
  7. Changes in eating or sleeping patterns
  8. Unexplained drowsiness, confusion, nausea, constipation, slowed breathing (all signs of opioid use)
  9. Slurred speech
  10. Constricted pupils
  11. Signs of injection, such as track marks, bumps and infected sores
  12. Poor hygiene
  13. Runny nose
  14. Missing money, prescription drugs or cough medicines from the home

As with any teen and drug use, a parent’s best shot is communicating with their teenager. Unfortunately, more than a quarter of parents with teenage children have never had a discussion with them about alcohol or drug use. Parents are urged to be clear, firm and consistent when discouraging their teen from using drugs like roxies. Keep in mind that talking to your child before they start using roxies is more effective.