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What Are Street Names For Percocet?

Percocet is one of many prescription opioids used to help relieve moderate to severe pain. This drug contains an opioid pain reliever (oxycodone) and a non-opioid pain reliever (acetaminophen). It is considered an opioid because it’s a synthetic substance that works on opioid receptors in the brain.

But what you may or may not know is that drug overdose is the leading cause of accident death in the United States, with opioid addiction driving the epidemic.1 Opioid overdose killed more Americans in 2015 than heroin did.2 In 2016, drug overdoses killed more people in the U.S. than the entire Vietnam War.3 Percocet is one of the most abused opioids and is part and parcel of the opioid epidemic. So, it is important for individuals to be aware of the slang terms for this powerful painkiller.

Here are a few common names for Percocet:

  • Percs
  • C.
  • Oxycet
  • Oxycotton
  • Oxy
  • Hillbilly heroin3

While those street names above are pretty obvious, not all street names for Percocet are as straightforward.

Here is a list of street names compiled by law enforcement sources and the DEA:

  • Bananas
  • Buttons
  • Blue
  • Tires
  • Greenies
  • Wheels
  • Kickers
  • Rims5

While Percocet is most commonly found in pill form, the drug may be snorted or injected for a stronger high. Whenever a drug is not found in its original form — or purchased from a pharmacy — there is no way to know what is in the drug or what is the proper dosage. For these reasons, it is very unsafe to use Percocet found on the street.

Why Knowing Street Names Is Important

Percocet bannerIf you think your loved one may have a drug problem, knowing the various names for Percocet can not only help you identify the substance and depth of the problem.

According to the American Society of Addiction Medicine, approximately 20,101 overdose deaths occurred in 2015 related to prescription pain relievers. That figure is almost double the number of overdose deaths related to heroin.4 Drug abuse is a serious issue that affects the lives of millions and is a matter of life or death for thousands. So please do not hesitate to reach out for help. Call our helpline, 760-548-4032, today.

In many cases, an individual may use various opioid drugs to avoid any uncomfortable withdrawal symptoms. While he struggles with Percocet abuse, he may start to abuse heroin because he finds the drug cheaper and more easily accessible. Whenever an individual goes from prescription drug abuse to heroin abuse, there is always a risk of overdose. Quite simply, there’s no way to know how much heroin he is getting. One Percocet pill may be labeled with the dosage, but heroin — which is most often injected — is cut with various substances.

How To Find Help

If you know someone who is struggling with a Percocet problem, Michael’s House can help. We treat not only the drug problem but also any underlying mental health issues that lead to the drug problem. This approach is proven to help individuals make lifelong changes.

Our beautiful facility is located in Palm Springs California and is a place of restoration and healing. It is the perfect location to start the recovery process. We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week to answer your questions and to give you the information you need. Please don’t wait any longer. You can help your loved one jumpstart his or her recovery today.


1Opioid Addiction.” American Society of Addiction Medicine. 2016.

2 Lopez, German. “In one year, drug overdoses killed more Americans than the entire Vietnam War did.” Vox. June 8, 2017.

3Commonly Abused Drug Charts.” National Institute on Drug Abuse. January 2018.

4Percocet Drug Slang/Code Words.” Clinical Pain Advisor. 2 August 2017.