oxy·​co·​done | \ˌäk-sē-ˈkō-ˌdōn \

Definition of oxycodone 

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

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One of the doctors, Dante Cubangbang, 50 years old of Nassau County, is accused of selling more than 6 million oxycodone pills from a Queens medical center since January 2012, the most prescriptions of the narcotic in the state, Mr. Berman said. Zolan Kanno-youngs, WSJ, "‘Drug Dealers in White Coats’," 11 Oct. 2018 The two men were allegedly involved in selling tablets of fentanyl that had been disguised as fake oxycodone pills in Snohomish, Skagit and Whatcom counties, prosecutors said. Bradford Betz, Fox News, "Pair indicted after feds seize $1M cash, 33 weapons, fentanyl pills," 15 Sep. 2018 Gordon is accused of diverting a large amount of addictive pills to the streets, including 17,750 units of Hydrocodone and 2,580 units of oxycodone. Beth Warren, The Courier-Journal, "Major crackdown on 'drug dealers in lab coats' nets Louisville doctors," 28 June 2018 Wayne Celestine, 57, a New Orleans resident who ran a pain-management clinic in the Gretna area, is charged with conspiring to illegally prescribe and distribute various drugs, including oxycodone, fentanyl and other opioids. Laura Mcknight, NOLA.com, "Gretna-area doctor charged with running 'pill mill'," 30 Apr. 2018 Opioids include prescription pills like oxycodone, hydrocodone, morphine, and others. Brittney Mcnamara, Teen Vogue, "Dr. Sanjay Gupta Said Legal Medical Marijuana Could Decrease Opioid Deaths in Letter," 24 Apr. 2018 An autopsy report listed his death as an accidental overdose of heroin, oxycodone and alcohol. Kate Brumback, Fox News, "Woman convicted in Google exec's death charged in Georgia," 27 June 2018 National per capita consumption of oxycodone went from around 10 milligrams in 1995 to almost 250 milligrams by 2012. Andrew Sullivan, Daily Intelligencer, "This nation pioneered modern life. Now epic numbers of Americans are killing themselves with opioids to escape it.," 20 Feb. 2018 But the bill’s language to limit prescriptions of Schedule II drugs, such as oxycodone, to three days or less has raised the most concerns among some doctors. Gray Rohrer, OrlandoSentinel.com, "Opioid bill advances in House despite doctors' worries," 22 Jan. 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 \

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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