Dangers of Counterfeit and Street Versions of Oxycodone

Dangers of Counterfeit and Street Versions of OxycodoneOxycodone is a dangerous painkilling drug. Use should always be approved and monitored by a doctor, as risks are involved even when oxycodone is used in a stable, legal and medical setting. Oxycodone is most commonly found in the brand name drug OxyContin, and individuals who do not have a prescription may look for counterfeit or street versions of this drug.

Why Do People Abuse Oxycodone and Prescription Drugs?

Prescription drugs such as OxyContin are readily available. Heroin, cocaine and other street drugs are illegal and therefore much more difficult to access or to begin using. These drugs will not be found in parents’ or neighbors’ medicine cabinets, and you cannot exaggerate or invent symptoms to get a prescription for an illegal drug. Oxycodone use also does not have the same stigma as other drug use. Other drugs have developed negative reputations and associations. OxyContin is not thought of as negatively as many other drugs.

Risks of Using Counterfeit Oxycodone or OxyContin

Any OxyContin use comes with the risk of side effects such as the following:

  • Memory loss
  • Constipation
  • Fatigue
  • Nausea
  • Anxiety
  • Lightheadedness
  • Headache
  • Dry mouth
  • Abdominal pain
  • Diarrhea
  • Loss of appetite
  • Dimmed vision
  • Respiratory depression

Counterfeit OxyContin or oxycodone that has been tampered with has even greater risks and side effects. Dealers and illegal vendors will sell counterfeit drugs or drugs that have been cut with dangerous substances. If dealers tamper with a drug by cutting it was a potentially toxic substance or replacing oxycodone with a different drug, they can sell a less valuable product for inflated prices. Because dealing and buying street drugs is illegal, the practice cannot be monitored or regulated. The side effects of OxyContin are dangerous, but they are not as threatening as the possible consequences of using counterfeit versions of the drug. It only takes one mistake with OxyContin to experience tragedy.

How to Stop Using Oxycodone

If you or someone that you know is abusing oxycodone, the problem is serious. Ending oxycodone use requires professional help. Please call our 24 hour toll-free helpline and learn more about options for recovery, get answers to your insurance questions and start on your path to a safe and healthy life.