OxyContin Street Names & Slang Terms

Manish Mishra, MBBS

Medically Reviewed By: Manish Mishra, MBBS

on August 16, 2023

OxyContin is a potent and widely abused semi-synthetic opioid narcotic that is highly sought after by those who abuse prescription painkillers. On the street, generic oxycodone goes by OC, Oxycotton, Oxy, Percs, and Roxy.

Since its original adoption by the FDA for U.S. medical use in 1939, oxycodone (brand name OxyContin) has been widely prescribed to manage both acute and chronic pain. 

However, the drug has also been widely abused, particularly in the late 1990s and early 2000s as the medication played a central role in the early U.S. opioid epidemic.

This abuse continues today, with both legitimate oxycodone products and counterfeits widely available on the streets and online despite the risks that come from misusing this highly potent opioid painkiller.

Street Names For OxyContin

Over time, drugs of abuse tend to accumulate a wide variety of casual and ever-evolving nicknames that play off the drug’s name, physical characteristics, or effects

Some common street names for OxyContin and oxycodone include:

  • hillbilly heroin
  • blues
  • kickers
  • OC
  • oxy
  • ox
  • oxycotton
  • perks
  • percs
  • roxy
  • roxies
  • 40 (40-milligram pills)
  • 80 (80-milligram pills)

Note that these terms can vary from region to region or even individual to individual.

Brand Names For Oxycodone

Oxycodone is a generic semi-synthetic opioid product made by modifying thebaine, a natural alkaloid compound extracted from the opium poppy alongside morphine and codeine. 

It is around twice as potent as morphine and has been used as the active ingredient in various brand-name pain relief products and generic equivalents.

In the US, these products have included:

  • Dazidox
  • Eth-Oxydose
  • Oxaydo
  • OxyContin
  • OxyContin CR
  • Oxydose
  • Oxyfast
  • Oxy IR
  • Roxicodone
  • Roxicodone Intensol
  • Roxybond
  • Xtampza ER

Oxycodone combination medications have included:

  • Oxycet (acetaminophen)
  • Percocet (acetaminophen)
  • Roxicet (acetaminophen)
  • Xartemis XR (acetaminophen)
  • Percodan (aspirin)
  • Combunox (ibuprofen)

Drugs Similar To OxyContin

All opioid drugs generally work in the body in a similar way, binding to opioid receptors in the central nervous system to reduce anxiety and the sensation of pain at lower doses or produce a highly addictive euphoria and central nervous system depression in higher doses.

However, opioid-class drugs can vary widely in their potency, origin, legal status, and danger, with highly potent synthetic opioids like fentanyl being the deadliest drug class of abuse in America.

Some of the most common opioid/opiate drugs available in the United States include:

  • heroin (a Schedule I illicit substance)
  • codeine
  • fentanyl (Actiq, Duragesic, Sublimaze, etc.)
  • hydromorphone (Dilaudid, Exalgo)
  • hydrocodone (Vicodin, Lortab)
  • methadone (Methadose, Dolophine)
  • oxymorphone (Opana, Opana ER)
  • meperidine (Demerol)
  • morphine (Roxanol, MS-Contin, Kadian, etc.)

With few exceptions, all FDA-approved prescription opioid drugs are classified as Schedule II controlled substances with a very high risk for drug abuse, dependence, and addiction.

Heroin & Fentanyl

Research indicates that some who begin abusing prescription opioids, such as OxyContin, eventually transition to heroin or fentanyl when they are unable to continue accessing legitimate medications. 

Others have attempted to purchase OxyContin but instead received counterfeit prescription drugs made with other, sometimes dangerous or even lethal ingredients like fentanyl.

Common street names associated with heroin, fentanyl, or mixes of the two include:

  • apache
  • china white
  • china girl
  • white stuff
  • friend
  • goodfella
  • smack
  • dope
  • thunder
  • skunk

Treating Oxycodone Addiction And Dependence

Drug addiction is a serious but treatable behavioral health disorder.

For most individuals, the recovery process begins with medical detox services provided in either an inpatient or outpatient setting. 

Here, healthcare professionals guide participants through the process of acute withdrawal while being supported physically, emotionally, and medically to alleviate the worst symptoms of withdrawal.

Other Treatment Services

Following detoxification, treatment continues in a formal recovery program.

Participants focus on their recovery over an extended period of time, working closely with behavioral health experts to develop the motivation, coping skills, and strategies required for a long-lasting recovery.

This process involves counseling, behavioral therapy, peer support, dual diagnosis treatment for other mental health conditions, and other personalized forms of treatment. 

Medication-assisted treatment options using buprenorphine, methadone, or naltrexone may also be offered to help relieve cravings and other withdrawal symptoms or discourage future oxycodone abuse.

If you or a loved one live with oxycodone addiction and need help, please contact us today.

  1. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) https://www.dea.gov/sites/default/files/2021-05/Counterfeit%20Pills%20fact%20SHEET-5-13-21-FINAL.pdf
  2. Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) https://www.dea.gov/sites/default/files/2018-07/DIR-022-18.pdf
  3. National Institute on Drug Abuse (NIDA) https://nida.nih.gov/publications/drugfacts/prescription-opioids
  4. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration (SAMHSA) https://www.samhsa.gov/medications-substance-use-disorders

Written by Ohio Recovery Center Editorial Team

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* This page does not provide medical advice.

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