Oxycodone: Ingestion methods

Last modified: Saturday, 20. June 2009 - 2:32 pm

Most of the oxycodone drugs — which include the drug alone or in combination with aspirin or acetaminophen — are available in tablet form. For patients who have trouble swallowing or who cannot take the tablet form for other reasons, the drug is available in a highly concentrated flavored liquid solution. The appropriate dose of the liquid is measured into a dropper either by a nurse or by the patient. Often, the liquid may be added to semi-soft foods such as applesauce or pudding to help disguise its bitter taste. Those who use liquid formulations of oxycodone should be aware that some of them may contain alcohol.
The growing problem of OxyContin abuse has revealed a new and highly dangerous ingestion method. Abusers of the drug crush, chew, or break the pills apart to remove the outer coating. With normal use, the coating serves the purpose of allowing the oxycodone inside the pills to be released slowly over 12 hours. By removing it, abusers can snort the oxycodone powder, or dilute it and inject it, which produces a fast and potentially deadly high.

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