Oxycodone is the main ingredient in many prescribed pain-relieving drugs like percocet, tylox, and oxycontin. One in twenty of all high school seniors have tried oxycodone, and its use keeps increasing. Doctors write out more than six million prescriptions for it every year. Oxycodone abuse begins when a person starts to use the drug in a way in which it was not prescribed. For example, if they take a dose higher than recommended. The problem with this is that the person will eventually become tolerant to the drug, and need more and more of it to produce the same effect.
While the person who abuses oxycodone may enjoy side effects like euphoria and bursts of energy, they are probably also experiencing some negative side effects such as itching, constipation, nausea, sweating and dry mouth.
Oxycodone is prescribed to be swallowed whole in tablet form but abusers usually crush and snort the drug or mix it in water and inject it. These alternate routes of administration are extremely dangerous and can increase the possibility of overdose and other complications.