Oxycodone is a semi-synthetic narcotic and historically has been a popular drug of abuse.
Street names: Hillbilly heroin, kicker, OC, Ox, Oxy, Perc, Roxy.
Methods of abuse: Oxycodone is abused by mouth or through the veins. The tablets can also be crushed and sniffed or can be dissolved in water and injected. Some also heat a tablet that has been placed on a piece of foil then inhale the vapors.
Effects on the body: Euphoria and feelings of relaxation are common when taking Oxycodone. It also relieves pain and can suppress coughing. However, prolonged usage can lead to slower heart rate, shallow breathing and possibly death.
Similar drugs to Oxycodone: Codeine, heroin, methadone and morphine.
Vicodin is the brand name for the popular painkiller, hydrocodone bitartrate and acetaminophen. It has been one of the most popular drugs of abuse.
Street names: V's, dones, Vikes, Hydros.
Methods of abuse: Vicodin can be taken by mouth or in liquid form. The tablets can also be crushed and sniffed.
Effects on the body: Vicodin slows the nervous system. It also suppresses the cough reflex. Vicodin is also known to make people drowsy, making it easier for them to sleep.
Similar drugs to Vicodin: Oxycodone, codeine, morphine.
Valium is used to relieve anxiety, muscle spasms and seizures, and to control agitation caused by alcohol withdrawal.
Street names: Vs, Benzos, Foofoo, Howards, Tranks.
Methods of abuse: Most abusers take Valium orally. However, it can also be injected or diluted in water and consumed.
Effects on the body: Valium can increase the effects of alcohol if the drug is consumed with alcohol. Valium slows down the nervous system and in small doses relieves tension. In large doses, it can blur vision, slow reflexes and breathing, and reduce sensitivity to pain.
Similar drugs to Valium: Ativan, Xanax, Restoril.