my cousin passed away and on his death certificate it said he had oxycodone and oxymorphone in his system... and i was just wanting to know what they both were and the differences between the two. someone please help. thank you very much. angela
28 Apr 2011
I am so sorry that your cousin has passed from a possible overdose. The oxycodone and the oxymorphone are both opiate-based narcotics prescribed for pain relief but unfortunately taken by some recreationally. If taken in high enough dose, they can cause death by stopping your breathing and heart beating.
The abuse of opiate pain relievers is a real concern and is being addressed by the government in the US. The government is trying to curtail the street trade of these medications. It is a real and serious problem.
I wish you the very best,
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