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Blues Drugs: Risks, Effects, and Treatment Options

Have you or a loved one been struggling with the grip of addiction? Blues drugs, often whispered about in hushed tones, are becoming increasingly prevalent in our communities. This article dives deep into what blues drugs are, their dangerous effects, and the crucial steps toward recovery. By understanding the risks and recognizing the need for help, you can ignite a desire for change and healing. Let’s explore the critical aspects of blues drugs and how Buckeye Recovery Network can guide you toward a brighter, substance-free future.

What Are Blues Drugs?

Blues drugs refer to prescription painkillers, particularly those containing oxycodone, a powerful opioid. They get their name from the blue color of the most commonly abused pills. These drugs are prescribed for severe pain but have a high potential for addiction due to their euphoric effects. Oxycodone, the active ingredient in these medications, is what makes them highly addictive.

Street Names

To better understand the conversation surrounding these drugs, it’s helpful to know their street names. Blues, 30s, and Blueberries are among the common street names for oxycodone pills. These aliases reflect the drug’s appearance and potency, making it easier for those in the know to refer to them outside of medical contexts.

The Risks of Blues Drug Abuse

Abusing blues drugs poses severe risks to both your physical and mental health. The addiction can spiral out of control, leading to life-threatening consequences. Here are some critical concerns associated with blues drug abuse:

Overdose Risks

With their potent effects, the risk of overdose on blues drugs is high, often resulting in fatal outcomes. These substances can suppress breathing and lead to respiratory failure, especially when combined with other depressants like alcohol.


Prolonged use of blues drugs creates a physical and psychological dependency, making it challenging to quit without professional help. The body adapts to the presence of the drug, and withdrawal symptoms can be severe when usage is reduced or stopped.

Mental Health Impact

Abuse of blues drugs can exacerbate or trigger mental health issues like depression and anxiety. The euphoric effects of the drugs can make underlying mental health conditions worse, leading to a vicious cycle of abuse and mental health decline.

Social and Economic Consequences

Addiction can lead to deteriorating relationships, job loss, and financial instability. The compulsive search for the drug often takes precedence over personal and professional responsibilities, straining or severing ties with family and friends.

Legal Ramifications

Possession, use, or distribution of blues drugs without a prescription is illegal and can result in legal consequences, including arrest, charges, and a criminal record. This not only affects one’s current situation but also future opportunities.

Types of Blues Drugs and Their Side Effects

Blues Drugs encompass a range of prescription medications. Below are some of the most common types and their potential side effects:


  • Examples: Alprazolam (Xanax), Lorazepam (Ativan), Diazepam (Valium)
  • Side Effects: Drowsiness, confusion, dizziness, blurred vision, weakness, and problems with memory.


  • Examples: Oxycodone (OxyContin), Hydrocodone (Vicodin), Morphine
  • Side Effects: Nausea, constipation, drowsiness, confusion, respiratory depression, and increased risk of overdose.

Stimulants (Occasionally Referred to as Blues)

While not traditionally categorized under “Blues,” some stimulants come in blue pills and may be included in broader discussions.

Examples: Adderall (amphetamine and dextroamphetamine)

Stimulants (Occasionally Referred to as Blues)

While not traditionally categorized under “Blues,” some stimulants come in blue pills and may be included in broader discussions.

  • Examples: Adderall (amphetamine and dextroamphetamine)
  • Side Effects: Increased heart rate, high blood pressure, fever, sleep problems, and anxiety.

Barbiturates (Less Common)

  • Examples: Phenobarbital, Pentobarbital (Nembutal)
  • Side Effects: Drowsiness, headache, low blood pressure, and respiratory depression.

Seeking Help: The Path to Recovery

Recognizing the need for help is the first step towards recovery. At Buckeye Recovery Network, we offer comprehensive treatment plans tailored to each individual’s needs, including:

  • Detoxification programs to safely manage withdrawal symptoms.
  • Therapy and Counseling: Addressing the root causes of addiction and fostering mental health.
  • Support Groups: Building a community of support with others on the path to recovery.

If you or someone you know is struggling with addiction to blues drugs, it’s crucial to seek help immediately. Buckeye Recovery Network in Huntington Beach, CA, is here to support you every step of the way toward a healthier, drug-free life. Contact us today to start your journey to recovery.


Blues drugs contain oxycodone, a powerful opioid that creates a highly euphoric effect, leading to addiction.

Signs include mood swings, withdrawal from social activities, neglecting responsibilities, and physical signs like drowsiness and slurred speech.

Yes, with professional help, including detoxification, therapy, and support groups, recovery is achievable.

Quitting abruptly can be dangerous. It’s essential to seek medical advice for a safe detoxification process.

We offer personalized treatment plans, including detox, therapy, and support groups, guided by experienced professionals in a supportive environment.

Today is going to be the best day of your life.

Kelsey Gearhart

Director of Business Development

Kelsey carries multiple years of experience working in the substance abuse and mental health treatment field. Her passion for this field comes from her personally knowing recovery from addiction.

Prior to Buckeye she held titles of Recovery Coach, Operations Director, and Admissions Director. Kelsey was brought on at Buckeye Recovery as the Director of Business Development. She has a passion for ensuring every individual gets the help that they need, and does so by developing relationships with other providers.

Kelsey also oversees our women’s sober living environments – The Chadwick House for Women. She is committed to creating a safe, nurturing, and conducive environment for all women that walk through the doors of Chadwick.