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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According to prosecutors, Larry Baker III, 21, and Devin Reed, 19, broke into the Walgreens and stole two safes filled with more than 25,000 prescription pills, including fentanyl, hydrocodone and oxycodone. Tresa Baldas, Detroit Free Press, "Opioid bandits smash through Walgreens, lose loot and their freedom," 9 July 2019 Police executed 12 search warrants Thursday in Lowell, Lawrence, Dracut, and Tewksbury, seizing cocaine, marijuana, cash, MDMA (ecstasy), oxycodone, Percocet, Suboxone, a Taurus 9mm handgun, and a Glock 40 handgun. Sabrina Schnur, BostonGlobe.com, "Police arrest 12 in trafficking ring ‘moving cocaine throughout Middlesex County’," 28 June 2019 Gallion, a longtime EMT, watched her son, also an EMT and firefighter, struggle with an addiction to oxycodone after a bad car accident. Christine Condon, baltimoresun.com, ""Beautiful Boy" Nic Sheff shares his story at Harford addiction and recovery symposium," 27 June 2019 Police also found marijuana and oxycodone inside a duffel bag and backpack in the car. Steven Martinez, Milwaukee Journal Sentinel, "Sturgeon Bay man who brought guns and drugs to Homestead High School sentenced to probation," 25 June 2019 They are also labeled as hydrocodone, hydrocodone-acetaminophen, fentanyl, oxycodone, morphine and other names. David Taylor, Houston Chronicle, "Liberty-Dayton RMC hopes to stem opioid crisis in Liberty County," 25 June 2019 Saxbury took a powerful opioid, oxycodone, to manage throbbing lower back that radiates down his left leg. Jayne O'donnell, USA TODAY, "Pain patients left in anguish by doctors 'terrified' of opioid addiction, despite CDC change," 24 June 2019 At the center of Martin’s case are counterfeit pills that often resemble prescription oxycodone but instead contain fentanyl, a synthetic opioid that can turn fatal even in small doses. San Diego Union-Tribune, "Drug rehab counselor charged with murder in Navy man’s fentanyl overdose death," 22 June 2019 The workers comp bureau started phasing out reimbursements for the costs of Oxycontin and its traditional generic oxycodone on June 1. Randy Tucker, Cincinnati.com, "Oxy coverage ends for Ohio workers with chronic pain," 17 June 2019

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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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