Are Oxycodone Pills Cut with Heroin?

Throughout the current opioid epidemic and even before it, drug dealers have found ways to market drugs that contain different ingredients that will still give the buyer the desired effects. The mixtures that drug dealers come up with to put inside a pill, powder, liquid, or other substance are always dangerous. Recently the news coverage has identified how Fentanyl is being used to cut various drugs to increase the effects. Cocaine, ecstasy, methamphetamine, heroin, and others have been laced with Fentanyl and have caused countless accidental overdoses to happen. Similarly, heroin is also used to cut or enhance the effects of fake oxycodone pills.

Are Oxycodone Pills Cut with Heroin?

Why is Heroin so Addictive?

Heroin is a pain reliever because it is an opioid. But is not created in a pharmaceutical setting. It is produced illegally by opium plant farmers with the sole purpose of causing addictions and drug use. Heroin is often used to be sold as Oxycodone because oxycodone pills are difficult to get legally from a doctor and hard to find on the street. Drug dealers have found that they can mimic what an oxycodone pill looks like and use heroin to make the tablet get someone high. Creating a tablet is not complex, and almost anyone can press a powder with other ingredients into a pill.

Is Street Oxycodone Cut With Heroin?

Oxycodone tablets are prepared either by molding the ingredients together or by compression at the pharmaceutical company, and drug dealers can do the same. It is especially concerning that Oxycodone is a type of opioid drug that causes physical withdrawal symptoms. If the person does not continuously ingest an opioid, they will get very sick. The other concern is that some drug users are so desperate that they do not care if the Oxycodone is made in a safe lab or not; they just want to get high. Therefore, many people addicted to Oxycodone or other opioid pills, powders, or liquids just want to feel better and accept anything if it claims to relieve their detox symptoms.

Heroin and Oxycodone Withdrawal Symptoms

The problem is not that drug dealers are devious and will create anything out of heroin to keep their customers addicted, but the problem is addiction. People who have become addicted to drugs, especially opioid drugs, will experience detox symptoms if they run out of their drugs. The detox symptoms that Oxycodone or heroin disguised as oxycodone pills will cause the following physical withdrawal symptoms to occur:

  • Nausea, vomiting, and diarrhea
  • Chills and cold sweats
  • Muscle and body aches
  • Uncontrollable leg and arm movements (known as kicking)
  • Restlessness and agitation
  • Severe insomnia
  • Heart palpitations and increased blood pressure
  • Inability to eat or drink fluids
  • Emotional instability
  • Depression and suicidal thoughts
  • Cravings for Oxycodone or other opioids

To help someone who is addicted to either authentic Oxycodone or heroin imitating as oxycodone pills are admission to a medically supervised detox. Advances in addiction research and government action and awareness in light of the opioid epidemic have allowed more professional detox centers to become established and allow 24-hour admission. The medications utilized in a quality opioid detox center are effective. They will help a person get through the withdrawal symptoms quickly.   

Medication-Assisted Treatment for Opiates

The medications used to help a person overcome physical withdrawal symptoms, and emotional withdrawal symptoms from Oxycodone or heroin addiction are buprenorphine and methadone. Combining other medications to promote sleep and reduce anxiety with buprenorphine and or methadone can help you or a loved one stop their addiction and get through opioid withdrawals. Although detoxification is the most critical step to help a person end their addiction, it must be followed by a specialized treatment program for Oxycodone, heroin, and or other opioid addiction.


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