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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According to a statement from the Los Angeles County Department of Medical Examiner, obtained by Variety, the musician was taking several medications, including Fentanyl, oxycodone, Xanax, Restoril, and Celexa. Jem Aswad, chicagotribune.com, "Tom Petty boxed set of unreleased music coming in September," 12 July 2018 Patients were often prescribed fentanyl, oxycodone, morphine and other highly addictive drugs without being seen by a doctor, officials said. Kevin Grasha, Cincinnati.com, "Feds: Hamilton clinic gave pain drugs, 'Prescriptive Speedball' without seeing patients," 28 June 2018 OxyContin pills contain oxycodone, an opioid as potent as morphine and maybe more so. Fred Schulte, Sun-Sentinel.com, "How America got hooked on the deadly drug OxyContin," 18 June 2018 But its chief ingredient is oxycodone, a cousin of heroin. NBC News, "New strategy in suing opioid maker blamed for addiction crisis: Target the family who runs it," 16 June 2018 Three days later, he was found on his mother’s couch in Jamaica, Queens, dead of an overdose of that drug and oxycodone. Tyler Blint-welsh, New York Times, "Pill Bottles Beside the Dead Shared a Doctor’s Name," 7 June 2018 Scientists have not studied whether mussels are harmed by oxycodone. Susan Scutti, CNN, "Mussels in Washington's Puget Sound test positive for opioids, other drugs," 25 May 2018 Boston police arrested a woman and man on drug trafficking charges after finding 30 grams of fentanyl, thousands of dollars, and nearly 600 oxycodone pills in a Dorchester apartment early Friday, officials said. Alejandro Serrano, BostonGlobe.com, "Two arrested in Dorchester drug bust," 13 July 2018 Mussels from the Seattle and Bremerton harbor areas of the Puget Sound have traces of oxycodone in them, according to a new study by the Washington Department of Fish and Wildlife. Monica Rodriguez, Fortune, "Scientists Discover Traces Of Opioids In Seattle Mussels," 25 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 \

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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