Percocet is a trade name for its main ingredient, oxycodone. The preeminence of this particular painkiller means that one must be aware of the slang terms of both Percocet and oxycodone in order to be well aware of the implications of either being taken by a user. The strength and dosage taken can effect how it is referred to also.
Percocet abuse in America comes with a number of slang terms that people use to talk about Percocet and they vary according to location and trends, popular songs of the moment and inside code words. There are, however, a number of terms that are relatively well known and refer to Percocet across different age groups and population groups:
- Blue dynamite (the 15-30 Percocet with no Tylenol)
- 512s (refers to the generic brand that prints 512 on the round white 5mg Percocet pill)
Understanding Oxycodone and Names
As studies have shown the abuse of such painkillers like Percocet increasing, employers are now initializing a more rigorous opiate screening when conducting drug tests on new employees. Data from the National Survey on Drug Use & Health (NSDUH) showed that lifetime use of oxycodone increased 47 percent. Subsequently and more recently, Employer Solutions’ new FDA-cleared screening technology has a specific reagent that can detect oxycodone in opiate drug screening panels. In a pilot study by Quest Diagnostics using 20,000 specimens, the positive rates for oxycodone alone increased from 0.19 percent to 0.53 percent- an increase of over 150 percent using the new, expanded panel. In addition, the Drug Abuse Warning Network showed that oxycodone single use (not in combination with other drugs) increased a staggering 295 percent. Find Percocet abuse help.
For these reasons, as well as the growing concern for individuals who are becoming more and more addicted to oxycodone (i.e. Percocet), understanding and knowing how it is referred to will only broaden a person’s capacity to be aware of the drug itself. Oxycodone can also be found in or heard under various brand names such as:
- Oxy 80s
- OxyFast (liquid)
These prescribed drugs are obtained on the street from numerous sources or from individuals, who visit many different doctors with fake symptoms to obtain multiple prescriptions for the drugs, commonly known as doctor shopping. Mixing these substances can also be heard as pharming.
Oxycodone can be found in multiple mixtures of other drugs and can be heard under street names such as:
- 40, 80 (referring to dosage size)
- Hillbilly heroin
- Poor Man’s Heroin
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