oxy·​co·​done | \ ˌäk-sē-ˈkō-ˌdōn How to pronounce oxycodone (audio) \

Definition of oxycodone

: a narcotic analgesic C18H21NO4 used especially in the form of its hydrochloride

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My doctors prescribed me pain medications, including oxycodone. Sarah Gad, Marie Claire, "My Drug Overdose Saved My Life. Now I'm Saving Others.," 15 Mar. 2019 The mussels in which traces of oxycodone were found were from Seattle and Bremerton area harbors. NBC News, "Traces of opioids found in mussels in Puget Sound near Seattle," 25 May 2018 About 20 percent of drivers killed in crashes in 2016 tested positive for some kind of opioid, including oxycodone, morphine and fentanyl. Mary Wisniewski, chicagotribune.com, "Fatalities linked to 'drugged' driving keep rising: report," 31 May 2018 Half the deaths involved drugs that contained oxycodone, according to medical examiner records. Fred Schulte, Sun-Sentinel.com, "How America got hooked on the deadly drug OxyContin," 18 June 2018 For instance, oxycodone, cocaine, and heroin were responsible for the most overdose deaths in 2011 (involved in 13.5, 12.3, and 11 percent of deaths, respectively). Sarah Jacoby, SELF, "Fentanyl Now Officially Causes the Most Drug Overdose Deaths in the U.S.," 20 Dec. 2018 Alan Arnold Godofsky, 61, was sentenced for improperly prescribing oxycodone at a clinic in Georgetown. Sarah Brookbank, Cincinnati.com, "Anderson Twp. doctor sentenced to 5 years for oxycodone distribution in Ky.," 27 Apr. 2018 According to federal charges following his 2013 arrest, Pamatmat illegally prescribed 200,000 dosages of oxycodone, and 1 million units of hydrocodone. Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "More than 200 doctors stay on Medicare rolls despite disciplinary actions," 17 May 2018 AmerisourceBergen distributed nearly 70 million doses of hydrocodone and 29 million doses of oxycodone into the state over a five-year period. Michael Collins, USA TODAY, "House panel to question opioid distributors about pill dumping in West Virginia," 7 May 2018

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First Known Use of oxycodone

1963, in the meaning defined above

History and Etymology for oxycodone

oxy + codeine + -one

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oxy·​co·​done | \ -ˈkō-ˌdōn How to pronounce oxycodone (audio) \

Medical Definition of oxycodone

: a narcotic analgesic C18H21NO4 used especially in the form of its hydrochloride C18H21NO4·HCl to relieve moderate to severe pain

Note: Oxycodone is marketed under the trademarks OxyContin, Percocet, and Percodan.

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