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What is Percocet?

What is Percocet?

Percocet is a legal compound painkiller commonly prescribed to relieve moderate to severe short-term pain. The main ingredient in Percocet is oxycodone, a Schedule II narcotic analgesic which is derived from opium and utilized for its calming effects and pain relief. The other major ingredient is paracetamol (also known as acetaminophen) which is more commonly used as the over-the-counter pain and fever reducer Tylenol. Oxycodone was first created by scientists in Germany in 1916 as a semi-synthetic opioid that would provide a less-addictive alternative to heroin. While Percocet is less addictive than heroin, it still contains a narcotic, so it can cause addiction and physical dependence if taken improperly or taken over a long period of time.

Percocet was first approved by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration in 1976, but since it contains oxycodone, it is a Schedule II drug under the Controlled Substances Act. It works to block messages from getting to pain receptors in the brain, which creates a feeling of euphoria. It is this sensation that people with a Percocet addiction are seeking when they continue to ingest the pills. They often believe they can recreate the feeling by increasing the quantity and frequency of their dose. Unfortunately, the initial euphoria is hardly ever reproduced. Percocet addicts, however, will keep taking the drug despite the tolerance that their bodies have developed which prevents them from experiencing the euphoric feeling that they desire.

One reason that Percocet abuse has spread so rapidly is that it is readily available nationwide. As opposed to drugs that are illegally grown or imported, Percocet is sold in pharmacies across the country. Percocet addicts generally obtain the drug by either “doctor shopping” (going from doctor to doctor to receive several prescriptions), by stealing pills from a friend or loved one, or by purchasing Percocet on the street, where high mark-ups have increased the number of dealers (see Percocet Street Names). Since these addicts are not taking the drug as directed, it is much more likely that they will quickly develop an addiction.

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