Written By: Fiona Stockard
The Common Types of Pain Pills
Medicine cabinets everywhere are becoming the new drug dealers! You no longer have to brave a dangerous neighborhood to get loaded. Instead, you only have to go into your parent’s bathroom to find a wealth of pain pills.
Pain pills are classified as any pill that falls under the opioid category. This family of drugs produces sedative effects and are central nervous system depressants. They’re prescribed to treat, well, pain. They’re also sometimes used as anesthetics during surgery.
Pain pill abuse and addiction is quickly becoming a huge medical issue. Some pain pills, like morphine, have been around for centuries, while others are relatively new. It’s only since the mid 1900’s that people looking for a quick fix have been using doctors to get high.
Below are some of the most commonly abused, and most addicting, pain pills.
Morphine (Kadin, MS-Contin, Roxanol)
Morphine is the oldest pain pill around. First synthesized in 1804, and first marketed in 1817, morphine is the grandfather of all other opioids.
Although not always a pill, it has always been addicting. This is true despite being advertised as a cure for alcohol and opium addiction. Thus began the long history of one opiate being used to cure addiction to another.
Oxycodone (OxyContin, Percocet, Roxicet)
Oxycodone has been used to treat moderate and acute pain since 1917. However, it was the introduction of OxyContin in the 90’s that sparked an enormous spike in abuse and addiction.
OxyContin is a form of time-release oxycodone, with no acetaminophen or ibuprofen. When users crush the pill, the time-release coating is destroyed and the full dose of oxycodone is available at once.
Oxycodone abuse typically starts with users orally taking the pills. As tolerance increases, they begin to crush and snort the pills. As oxycodone addiction takes over, users crush and inject the pills.
Roxicet is also a form of time-release oxycodone. This particular drug gained popularity in south Florida during the late 00’s. As Roxicet abuse became widespread, users began to switch to Dilaudid.
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