Q&A: Why would anyone want to shoot up Roxies?
First of all, let us clarify what we are talking about. “Roxies” or “Roxy” is the street name for the drug oxycodone (so named because the brand name of the medication is Roxicodone.)They are also called “blues,” “blueberries,” and “30’s”. This is because they are blue in color and commonly come in 30mg doses, although other doses may be called “roxies” too.
“Shoot up roxies” refers to the method of administration, namely IV injection. This medication is not intended to be used in this manner, it is an oral medication, so shooting up roxies qualifies as drug abuse.
So why would anyone want to shoot up roxies?
Well, for one, IV administration of oxycodone gets the drug into the blood stream immediately. When you take oxycodone orally, it takes a while to be broken down by your digestive system and hit your system. This is partially why someone would want to shoot up roxies-the high, the euphoria, hits a lot faster.
Another reason why someone would want to shoot up roxies is that it gives a stronger high. When roxies are taken orally, they travel through your GI system and your liver before they get to your blood stream. Some of the strength of the chemical is lessened by this process. It is known as “first-pass metabolism,” and it means that the high won’t be as strong when you take the medication orally.
So that’s basically it, people shoot up roxies to get a fast, strong high.
Roxies are a strong, highly addictive drug, and when someone shoots up roxies, they are even more addictive. The faster a drug hits your system, the more addictive potential it has. But the addiction potential isn’t the only potential risk when you shoot up roxies.
When you shoot up roxies, you put yourself at a higher risk of overdose. The drug was formulated to be taken orally, at prescribed doses. When you shoot up roxies, even if you only shoot up the normal prescribed dose, you could easily go into respiratory arrest and die.
Another problem when you shoot up roxies is that you put yourself at greater risk of infection. Drug addicts don’t always have access to clean needles. In some states, it is illegal to sell needles without a prescription. In other states, the cost of clean needles may be prohibitive. Either way, if you reuse your own needles or share someone else’s, you are at high risk for disease and infection.
Most people don’t observe sterile procedure when they shoot up roxies. Repeated injection can cause abscesses to form at the injection site. These abscesses can cause scarring, loss of limb, even death, depending on the type of bacteria that infects the IV drug user and how soon they seek medical attention.
Sharing needles when you shoot up roxies can put you at greater risk for contracting blood borne illnesses like Hepatitis C and HIV. About forty percent of people with Hepatitis C have a history of IV drug use, and between 60 and 80% of IV drug users have Hepatitis C.