One of the questions I hear a lot is: “What are Roxies?” I hear this question so much that I decided to write an in-depth article on Roxies. Back in the day, I used to snort 30 mg Roxie pills, as I was totally addicted to opiates.
I spent most of my money on Roxies and other opiate pills.
I wasn’t even getting high anymore, because I didn’t have enough money to do so. Instead, I was just taking enough Roxies and other opiate pills to prevent myself from getting sick. It was a horrible way to live, and I thank God that I have now been off opiates for over 5 years.
Over the past 5+ years, I have learned a lot about opiate addiction and recovery…and I spend a lot of time researching and writing about topics in this field. Now the time has come for me to answer the question:
What are Roxies?
In this article, I will cover the following:
- What are Roxies?
- How Roxies work in the body
- Roxies dependence
- Roxies abuse
- Roxies addiction
Once you have completed reading the article, you will be well-informed on the topic of “what are Roxies?”
Table of Contents
What are Roxies? Overview
What are Roxies? Roxies (also spelled Roxys), simply put, is the street name for Roxicodone. Roxicodone is a brand name formulation of the popular opioid pain medication known as oxycodone.
Oxycodone is a narcotic pain reliever prescribed for the treatment of moderate to severe pain. It works in the brain and nervous system to reduce pain.
Taking Roxies can lead to the following opioid effects:
- Pain relief
What are Roxies? How Roxies Work in the Body
In this section, I’m going to cover how Roxies work in the body. As human beings, we already have an endogenous painkilling system that is capable of producing pain relief, sedation, and euphoria. This natural pain relief system is activated when we exercise, eat certain foods, or perform other activities. For example, imagine a woman who has just run five miles on a mountain trail.
As a result of this intense physical exertion, her body naturally produces its own opioid chemicals, known as endorphins and enkephalins, thus reducing pain, and promoting euphoria naturally (“runners high”).
We already produce natural opioid chemicals (endorphins/enkephalins) in the precise amounts our bodies were designed to handle. The problem arises when an individual has been using Roxies for a period of time.
What are Roxies? Tolerance & Dependence
After prolonged use of Roxies, the production of endogenous opioids is inhibited, which accounts in part for the withdrawal syndrome that results from the immediate cessation of the drug. The continuous use of Roxies overrides our natural ability to produce endorphins and enkephalins. The brain comes to rely upon Roxies to create these neurotransmitters.
When a person stops using Roxies, the brain doesn’t start creating these endogenous opioids right away. It short-circuits, leading to withdrawal symptoms, and deteriorating psychological function. Whether an individual is abusing Roxies or even taking Roxies as prescribed by a physician, the continued use quickly leads to Roxies tolerance.
Roxies tolerance is a state of adaptation in which exposure to Roxies induces changes that result in a decrease of the drug’s effects over time.
If an individual continues using Roxies after a tolerance has been established, they will eventually develop a physiological dependence to Roxies. Roxies dependence develops when the neurons adapt to the repeated drug exposure and only function normally in the presence of the drug.
What are Roxies? Opioid Withdrawal Syndrome
When a dependent individual abruptly stops taking Roxies (leading opioid-blood concentration to fall below the required level), the now opioid-tolerant central nervous system (CNS) goes haywire. With no inhibitive stimulation to satisfy receptors, the pathways of the CNS fire signals strenuously, performing at a level much higher than pre-dependence levels.
Now the locus coeruleus responds by triggering the autonomic fight or flight response. What results is known as the opioid withdrawal syndrome, and it’s one of the most horrific experiences an individual could even go through.
Some of the most common symptoms of opioid withdrawal include:
- Achy muscles and limbs
- Teary eyes
- Runny nose
- Gastrointestinal distress
- Hot and cold sweats and chills
- Goose bumps
- Restless Leg Syndrome (RLS)
What are Roxies? Abuse & Addiction
As I stated at the beginning of this article, I used to abuse Roxies. I didn’t take them orally as prescribed by a doctor for pain. Instead, I bought Roxies from drug dealers, crushed up the pills, then snorted them.
Snorting Roxies would lead to a fast rush, allowing the effects to come on much stronger and faster than taking Roxies orally.
Some of my friends would smoke Roxie pills. They would put Roxies on aluminum foil, then use a lighter to heat up the pill, and inhale the Roxie smoke using a rolled up dollar bill or more foil.
Roxie abuse and addiction are a big problem. Everyday people buy Roxies on the street, and abuse them to get high. This can lead to addiction, dependence, overdose, and even death.
Roxies come in different dosages. The most common dosage of Roxie that is sold on the street and abused are Roxie 30’s. These are little blue pills containing 30 mg of oxycodone, which is enough to produce a very strong opioid effect.
Roxies have a high abuse potential and many people smoke or snort these pills because they don’t contain acetaminophen. The daily limit for acetaminophen is 4,000 mg. Thus, when people abuse Vicodin, Percocet, or other painkillers with acetaminophen in the formulation, people sometimes tend to be a little more cautious, because going over the daily limit of acetaminophen can cause severe liver damage.
What are Roxies? Conclusion
Many people ask the question: “What are Roxies?” Roxies (aka Roxys) are the street name for Roxicodone, which is a popular opioid pain medicine that is widely prescribed and abused in the U.S. and other countries.
Some people use Roxies responsibly, as prescribed by their doctors for pain, while others sell their prescriptions, thus increasing the amount of illegal Roxies being abused by people without a prescription. The most common dosage that is abused are Roxie 30’s, which are tiny blue pills that many people snort, smoke, or even inject.
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