Percodan is a prescription drug that is made by combining oxycodone and aspirin. It is often prescribed as a pain medication and sometimes for coughs and other symptoms. Percodan is typically prescribed for post-surgery pain and other conditions. Percodan street names include Percs, Killers, Oceans, and OC (for "oxycodone").
Percocet drugs are similar to Percodan. Percocet involves a combination of oxycodone and Tylenol rather than aspirin. Percocet is widely replacing Percodan, though many people still use Percodan.
What Makes Percodan Dangerous?
The main thing that makes Percodan dangerous is its oxycodone component. Depending on the prescription, oxycodone content in Percodan can range from 2.5 to 10 milligrams. Oxycodone is a strong opiate and is considered an addictive substance. Controlled substance laws place Percodan and other oxycodone-based drugs under Schedule II. This is the same classification as cocaine and morphine.
Thus, the potential for abuse, addiction, and overdose can be high for Percodan users. These dangers are increased when the pills are taken without the prescription or supervision of a licensed physician. Percodan drugs that are resold on the streets can often be adulterated and mixed with other substances like amphetamines.
What Are Some Percodan Legal Issues?
In recent years, Percodan has become associated with various legal and criminal issues. For one, Percodan has become a major source of prescription drug crimes through illegal possession and resale. Persons often obtain Percodan illegally through theft or through a fake prescription. The pills are then remarketed to buyers on the street, which further contributes to addiction problems.
Legal penalties for Percodan include jail time (anywhere from 1-5 years for illegal possession) and fines. Distribution of Percodan without a license is a more serious offense that can lead to felony charges (up to 10 year sentences and much higher criminal fines).
Should I Hire a Lawyer for Help with Percodan Legal Issues?
Percodan is a controlled substance under state and federal laws, and requires special care when handling or administering. Criminal laws may vary by state and jurisdiction. You may wish to hire a criminal lawyer if you have any legal issues or concerns involving Percodan. Your attorney can advise you of your legal rights, and can help determine what types of defenses may apply to your case.