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( OXY )

Cut-Off Levels (ng/mL)
Window of Detection
200, 300 ng/mL (Urine) 2 hr. - 3 Days (Urine)
50, 300 ng/mL (Saliva) 1 - 2 (Saliva)

What is Oxycodone? 

Oxycodone is a semi-synthetic narcotic analgesic used to treat moderate to severe pain. It is a semi-synthetic opioid being that it is synthesized from thebaine, a naturally occurring alkaloid found in the opium poppy. It has a high potential for abuse due to its’ euphoric pain relieving effects and high risk of addiction and dependency. Oxycodone has become increasingly popular in recreational users in recent years and has contributed to what is now being called the “Opioid Crisis” of America.

Common Nicknames

Hillbilly Heroin

How is it Used?

Oxycodone can only be obtained (legally) by having a prescription from a licensed medical practitioner. It is manufactured and distributed in extended-released (ER) tablets ranging from 5 – 80 mg and 5 mg – 30 mg immediate-release tablets (IR). Common name brands of oxycodone are OxyContin, Roxicodone, Roxicet, Endocet, Percocet, and Percodan. When taken properly in a medical setting or under medical supervision, oxycodone is approved for oral use only in the U.S. It is available in liquid form for intravenous and intramuscular injection in other countries such as the U.K.

What Does it Look Like?

Common Symptoms

Noticeable elation/euphoria.
Marked sedation/drowsiness.
Constricted pupils.
Slowed breathing.
Intermittent nodding off, or loss of consciousness.

What Are the Effects?

The effects of opiates are similar to that of other opioids. The effects vary in strength and duration depending on the size of dose frequency of use and other physical factors of the user. When injected or taken intravenously onset effects take place almost immediately as posed to digesting it or inhaling it. Opiates will produce a pain relieving euphoric effect which leads to severe psychological and psychical dependence and addiction. More serious health effects and death can be associated with prolonged use of opioids if not taken properly under medical supervision.

Legal Status

Opiates, or most opioids, are Schedule II or Schedule III substances under the U.S. Controlled Substance Act however, Heroin, a synthetic opioid is a Scheduled I substance.