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Oxycodone is a semi-synthetic opioid derived from thebaine, one of the chemicals found in the latex of the opium poppy. It was developed for medical use as an alternative to morphine and is used for moderate to severe pain in patients with cancer, post-operative pain and severe pain. It is particularly useful for patients who have difficulty in tolerating morphine or diamorphine.

Medical supplies are thought to be diverted for illicit use.



Eaten as tablets, capsules and oral solutions.



Ampoules of oxycodone hydrochloride solutions are injected.

  • Nausea
  • Drowsinence
  • Dizzinesss
  • Headache
  • Tired feeling
  • Stomach pain
  • Nausea
  • Vomiting
  • Constipation
  • Loss of appetite
  • Dry mouth
  • Addictive
  • Withdrawal symptoms
  • Seizure (convulsions)
  • Confusion
  • Severe drowsiness
  • Respiratory arrest
  • Unconsciousness
  • Death


Oxycodone molecular structure

Street Names

kicker, OC, oxy, OX, blue, oxycotton, hillbilly heroin

Legal Status

Class A Substance

Possession of the drug can lead to up to seven years in jail, an unlimited fine or both. Supplying the drug can lead to up to life imprisonment, an unlimited fine or both.

For more information about drug classifications and the associated penalties visit the Home Office website.