Prescription Pain Relievers

Street Names: Vicodine, Vics, Killers, Vike, Vitamin V, Oxy, Percocet, Percs, Hillbilly Heroin, Oxycotton, Oxy, Hydrocodone, OC, Oxycodone, Hydrocodone Bitartrate, Poor Man's Heroin, Codeine 

Looks Like: Tablets, Capsules, Liquid Rx cough medicine

How It's Used/Abused: Swallowed, Injected, Snorted or Smoked

What Teens Have Heard: "A free high, straight from the medicine cabinet."

Short and Long Term Effects: Respiratory depression that can lead to death, Constipation, Nausea, Vomiting, Dizziness, Weakness, Analgesia, Headache, Dry Mouth, Sedation, Drowsiness, Mood Changes, Anxiety, Fear, Skin Rash, Decreased Mental and Physical Abilities, Hearing Loss. 

Signs of Abuse: Medicine bottles present without illness, prescription bottles missing, disrupted eating and sleeping patterns. 

Talk to Your KidsFor more information on talking with teens about alcohol and other drugs, go to the Talk to Your Kids page.

**Disposal**: To learn more about how and where to safely dispose of your prescrition medications, go to the Rx Disposal Page.

Learn More 

Check out our webinar, "Rx2H: Prescription Drug & Heroin Abuse"  to learn more about the link petween prescription drugs and heroin.  


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