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.















What do Roxy’s look like?

What do Roxy's look like?
What do Roxy’s look like?

What do Roxy’s look like?

Roxy is the street name for the prescription drug Roxicodone (generic name is Oxycodone Hydrochloride). It comes in different strengths, and each one looks different. In general, Roxy’s are small, round pills. They are not capsules, because the drug is an immediate release formulation (unlike the drug OxyContin, which is the time-release formula of oxycodone hydrochloride.)

The most common street formulation of Roxy’s is the 30mg strength. Generally, the 30 milligram Roxy’s are small, round, and range from light to dark blue in color. All generic Roxy has the same active ingredient, but the different types of generics have different inactive ingredients. Some illicit users are very specific about the type of Roxy’s they buy. They claim that binders in some of the formulation make the pills harder to break down for injecting or snorting. When manufacturers make generics, they just have to ensure that they have the same bioavailability (amount of free, active drug in the system) as the real thing. However, in the case of oral drugs like Roxy’s, they only have to have the same ORAL bioavailability. Thus, different types of generic roxies could very well have different bioavailability for injection or snorting when compared to other types depending on the inactive ingredients.

The 15 milligram Roxy’s are also often sold on the streets. These pills are also small and round and they usually are some shade of green.  There are also 5, 10, and 20 milligram Roxy’s, but these are rarer. 5 milligram pills are usually brown or white in color, 10 milligrams may be pink, and 20 milligrams are usually some shade of grey.

Keep in mind that these are just generalities. New types of generic pills come out all the time, and they don’t need to adhere to any specific look or color. If you don’t know if the pill you have is a Roxy, you should double check.

What do Roxy’s look like? : How to check an unknown pill

If you buy Roxy’s on the street, and they don’t look like what you would expect or you don’t know what Roxy’s look like, you should always double check online. There are several free online sites that will tell you what kind of pill you have so you know what you are taking. This is very important for safety reasons.

If you type “Pill identifier” into your browser, several different sites will come up. You can type in identifying features of your pill such as size, shape, color, and imprints and the sites will tell you what the pill is. Usually, they will even provide a picture so that you can compare your unknown pill to the real thing.

Keep in mind that online sites sometimes sell counterfeit pills. Sometimes these will look identical and even have the same imprints as the real thing. There is really no way to tell, so it’s best to avoid ordering Roxy’s online, especially from any online pharmacy that is advertised via spam email.