What is Hillbilly Heroin?

What is Hillbilly Heroin?

Hillbilly heroin is also called hillbilly heroin

Even with over 7 million people nationwide abusing prescription drugs, there are still so many aspects of this epidemic that many Californians are unaware of – including slang terms for some of the most popular prescription painkillers in the world.

“Hillbilly heroin” is slang for oxycodone, a painkiller that was originally intended for the use of treating pain in cancer patients. For years, however, oxycodone has been prescribed to individuals who require relief from moderate to severe pain relating to any form of physical discomfort. Unfortunately, however, oxycodone abuse has spread like wildfire, and more people than ever before are addicted to it, affecting California communities.

The term “hillbilly heroin” was created after people in more rural areas began abusing oxycodone at a higher rate than in other parts of the country. Since it produces similar effects to heroin, it is often used in rural areas where residents would have otherwise been unable to get their hands on heroin itself. As prescription drug abuse and heroin abuse rates continue to worsen, people in these areas might be able to obtain heroin more easily now, despite the challenge it once posed.

According to Foundation for a Drug-Free World, one rural county struggling with a hillbilly heroin epidemic saw 80% of its crime related to the use of this drug. In these areas, the use of hillbilly heroin is continuing to rise despite heroin itself becoming more available. This is incredibly dangerous, especially considering the many side effects this drug can produce.

For example, hillbilly heroin (oxycodone) is one of the most addictive substances in the world. Very rarely can someone experiment with this drug without becoming both physically and psychologically dependent. Once this dependency occurs, a number of side effects can occur. Some of the less serious effects can include constipation, nausea, vomiting and dizziness. The more serious effects are respiratory depression, coma, cardiovascular issues, overdose and death.

Since hillbilly heroin is no longer just a problem in rural areas, efforts to stop this epidemic have increased with the hope of ending it before it continues to take the lives of users nationwide. Some of these efforts have included placing tighter restrictions of oxycodone, holding “Take Back Days” (where law enforcement encourages communities to turn in their unused prescription medications), and providing more education in workplaces and schools to prevent the use of this drug in the future.

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